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The Path of Humility

Caravaggio and Carlo Borromeo


Anne H. Muraoka

The Path of Humility: Caravaggio and Carlo Borromeo establishes a fundamental relationship between the Franciscan humility of Archbishop of Milan Carlo Borromeo and the Roman sacred works of Caravaggio. This is the first book to consider and focus entirely upon these two seemingly anomalous personalities of the Counter-Reformation. The import of Caravaggio’s Lombard artistic heritage has long been seen as pivotal to the development of his sacred style, but it was not his only source of inspiration. This book seeks to enlarge the discourse surrounding Caravaggio’s style by placing him firmly in the environment of Borromean Milan, a city whose urban fabric was transformed into a metaphorical Via Crucis. This book departs from the prevailing preoccupation – the artist’s experience in Rome as fundamental to his formulation of sacred style – and toward his formative years in Borromeo’s Milan, where humility reigned supreme. This book is intended for a broad, yet specialized readership interested in Counter-Reformation art and devotion. It serves as a critical text for undergraduate and graduate art history courses on Baroque art, Caravaggio, and Counter-Reformation art.
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Muraoka, Anne H.The path of humility: Caravaggio and Carlo Borromeo / Anne H. Muraoka.pages cm. — (Renaissance and baroque: studies and texts; vol. 34)Includes bibliographical references and index.1. Caravaggio, Michelangelo Merisi da, 1573–1610—Criticism and interpretation.2. Charles Borromeo, Saint, 1538–1584. 3. Christian art and symbolism—Italy—Modern period, 1500–. 4. Christianity and art—Catholic Church. I. Title.ND623.C26M87 759.5—dc23 2014043809 ISBN 978-1-4331-2927-8 (hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4539-1496-0 (e-book)ISSN 0897-7836

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