Self-portrait with Saskia

Lionello Puppi’s “Rembrandt”

Lionello Puppi’s is a fine, short work on Rembrandt. Aside from Rembrandt’s indisputable greatness, I am additionally drawn to him because he was born in the same town as I, Leiden, and studied, in Amsterdam, under Pieter Lastman, said to be “the most influential Dutch painter of the time,” and who greatly admired the Italian…

Caravaggio - David with the Head of Goliath (1610). The face of Goliath is Caravaggio's. The face of David is Cecco, the painter's studio assistant and lover whom he abandoned for Malta.

J.S. Bach and the Concept of Right Action — Cantata Text Booklet for the Holy Days, from Caravaggio’s Dagger (VI:7)

I have been asked from time to time about the origin of the relationship between the painter Caravaggio and my book, Caravaggio’s Dagger. The painter’s way of life and how he depicted life in his work constitute one of the exemplifications of abandonment of right action. This exemplification is stated expressly in the concluding Taxonomy in poem…