Caravaggio's Secrets (October Books)

By Leo Bersani

Many critics have explored the homoerotic message within the early pictures of the baroque painter Michelangelo Caravaggio (1573-1610). In Caravaggio's Secrets, Leo Bersani and Ulysse Dutoit emphasize as a substitute the impenetrability of those pix. the stress among erotic invitation and self-concealing retreat leads Bersani and Dutoit to finish that the curiosity of those works is of their illustration of an enigmatic tackle that solicits intimacy so as to block it with a secret.

Bersani and Dutoit supply a psychoanalytic interpreting of the enigmatic tackle as starting up kin grounded in paranoid fascination. They examine Caravaggio's makes an attempt to maneuver past such kinfolk, his experiments with an area now not circumscribed by way of the mutual and paranoid, if erotically stimulating, fascination with imaginary secrets and techniques. In his most unusual paintings, Caravaggio proposes a significantly new mode of connectedness, a nonerotic sensuality proper to the main interesting makes an attempt in our personal time to reconsider, maybe even to reinvent, neighborhood.

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