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Fifteen-year-old Beppo, an indentured servant in Rome, is accused of murder. The only person who can help him is one of the most celebrated artists of his day—Caravaggio.Starred and Recommended by Kirkus Reviews, and a Holiday Pick for Young Readers by the Winnipeg Free Press....

Title : Caravaggio: Signed in Blood
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ISBN : 9781896580050
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 174 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Caravaggio: Signed in Blood Reviews

  • Dorine White
    2019-06-20 10:07

    Young Beppo is the indentured servant of a wine barrel salesman in Italy, circa 1606. Treated horribly, he is none the less loyal and does his job. When his corrupt boss is murdered in front of Beppo's eyes, Beppo flees, making him the prime suspect.Beppo takes shelter with the artist Caravaggio, who himself has killed a man. Together they travel as fugitives about Italy, fleeing the Pope and other nobleman. Beppo becomes Caravaggio's servant/apprentice, learning about painting and art. While handling the artists business affairs, he falls for the daughter of one of the models. Alas, Beppo is an orphan and pennyless. Plus, he is wanted for murder. Will Beppo and Dolcetta have a future? and how will he prove his innocence?My Thoughts-Beautifully written in rich historical detail, this book hooked me from the first page. Though I stumbled over the abundance of Italian used, it just added more authenticity to the story. I felt as if I were Beppo living in 1600 Roma. It truly was a feast to read.I originally decided to read the book because it involved Caravaggio, and being an art history graduate, I just couldn't resist. Wow, the details about Caravaggio are vivid and come to life to tell the story of a volatile man, who lived a life of debasement, but painted gorgeous canvas' that told biblical stories. Be sure to read the author's historical note at the end, it will bring the story into perspective. The title is also a mystery, one you will discover the answer to at the end.This is not a breezy story, but one that will stimulate thought and idea. An intellectual read that is also adventurous, romantic and thrilling. I'm giving this one a 5!

  • Cee
    2019-05-28 05:52

    15 year old Beppo is an indentured slave falsely accused of murder. Unfortunately in Renaissance Italy, justice is not available to him. So he runs off with Caravaggio, the famous artist, also accused of murder to save themselves from the police. Full of danger, swordplay, markets, castles and caves, the historical setting is both accurate and richly detailed. The reader will be left wondering how to tell cruelty from madness and madness from genius. Highly recommended for teens with a love of art and history, and for teachers wanting to give their students an introduction to Renaissance Italy in preparation for reading Shakespeare.

  • George Ilsley
    2019-06-24 02:01

    The fastest read I've had in a while. It's probably best if you don't know anything about Caravaggio, or expect a book about Caravaggio (it's really about his young servant, Beppo). The plot is rather fanciful and fairytale-ish. And happily ever after (again, if one overlooks Caravaggio himself).Read this one on impulse because of the title, and it made me wonder why I bother to read YA books.

  • D.R. Graham
    2019-06-21 07:07

    For anyone who has ever imagined what it might have been like to live as a teen on the run during the Italian Renaissance--a time of art, literature, music, sword fights, castles, and child slavery. This is a great teen historical novel that transports the reader to a different world to experience a danger-filled Renaissance adventure.

  • Meg
    2019-06-01 06:55

    middle grade, historical fiction. lots of dramatic sword fights and Italian.