Stratford Arts Society Founders' Lecture - Andrew Graham-Dixon

Andrew Graham-Dixon presents The Double Life of Caravaggio - A Life Sacred and Profane

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio lived the darkest and most dangerous life of any of the great painters. Join the acclaimed art critic, presenter and journalist Andrew Graham-Dixon as he shares his insights and analyses about the extraordinary talent inside this explosive, fated artist. The worlds of Milan, Rome and Naples through which Caravaggio moved are those of cardinals and whores, prayer and violence.

Having spent over a decade piecing together the scraps of evidence left of Caravaggio’s life Andrew Graham-Dixon answers questions that have long puzzled scholars. 

Please note: Although this event is taking place at The Other Place, it has not been produced by the RSC.

Andrew Graham-Dixon seated on a monument
Andrew Graham-Dixon

Andrew Graham-Dixon is one of the leading art critics and presenters of arts television in the English-speaking world. He has presented numerous landmark series on art for the BBC and other independents, including the acclaimed A History of British Art, Renaissance, Italy Unpacked, and most recently the Story of the Royal Collection. For more than twenty years he has published a weekly column on art, first in the Independent and, more recently, in the Sunday Telegraph. He has also written a number of acclaimed books, on subjects ranging from medieval painting and sculpture to the art of the present.

Born in London in 1960, Andrew was educated at Westminster School before winning a scholarship to Christ Church, Oxford University, where he studied English Language and Literature (1978-81), graduating with a Double First. He pursued postgraduate studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art from 1982. 

He has a long history of public service in the field of the visual arts, having judged the Turner Prize, the BP National Portrait Prize and the Annual British Animation Awards, among many other prizes. He has served on the Government Art Collection Committee, the Hayward Advisory Committee and on the board of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.

The talk will be followed by a chance to meet Andrew and purchase a signed copy of his book.

Early bird tickets

Up to 28 February, Art Society Members can book a £15 early bird ticket by calling 01789 331111 (rate not available online). All tickets from 1st March will be £20.

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