February 08, 2016
(06:00 PM )

Book Presentation: THE GUARDIAN OF MERCY



The Guardian of Mercy
How an Extraordinary Painting by Caravaggio Changed an Ordinary Life Today

(2016, Arcade Publishing)

by Terence Ward

Introduced by Stefano Albertini (NYU) and Pellegrino D'Acierno (Hofstra University)

Now celebrated as one of the great painters of the Renaissance, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio fled Rome in 1606 to escape retribution for killing a man in a brawl. Three years later he was in Naples, where he painted The Seven Acts of Mercy. A year later he died at the age of thirty-eight under mysterious circumstances. Exploring Caravaggio's singular masterwork, in The Guardian of Mercy Terence Ward offers an incredible narrative journey into the heart of his artistry and his metamorphosis from fugitive to visionary.