Many critics have explored the homoerotic message in the early portraits of the baroque painter Michelangelo Caravaggio (1573-1610). In this book, Bersani and Dutoit study Caravaggio's attempts to move beyond the tension between erotic invitation and self-concealing retreat as he proposed a radically new mode of connectedness: a nonerotic sensuality relevant to the most exciting attempts in our own time to rethink, perhaps even to reinvent community. 26 illustrations, 8 in color.

Caravaggio's Secrets 1998, MIT Press (MA), Cambridge, MA

ISBN-13: 9780262024495