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A Profound New Look at the Italian Master and His Lasting Legacy Now celebrated as one of the great painters of the Renaissance, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio fled Rome in 1606 to escape retribution for killing a man in a brawl. Three years later he was in Naples, where he painted The Seven Acts of Mercy. A year later he died at the age of thirty-eight under mysterious circumstances. Exploring Caravaggio's singular masterwork, in The Guardian of Mercy Terence Ward offers an incredible narrative journey into the heart of his artistry and his metamorphosis from fugitive to visionary.Ward's guide in this journey is a contemporary artist whose own life was transformed by the painting, a simple man named Angelo who shows him where it still hangs in a small church in Naples and whose story helps him see its many layers.

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Terence Ward

TERENCE WARD is a Colorado-born writer and cultural consultant who grew up in Saudi Arabia and Iran. Graduating from the UC Berkeley, he sang in a jazz band in Egypt while going to the American University of Cairo, specializing in political Islam. For a decade, he advised clients across the Middle East for the management consulting firm, MEIRC, based in Athens. In humanitarian missions, he served with the UN in East Timor and the Open Society Institute in Burma. His critically acclaimed book, "Searching for Hassan: A Journey to the Heart of Iran," (2020) is a moving chronicle of his family's odyssey back to Iran after 30 years to search for a long-lost friend. His other work, "The Guardian of Mercy: How an Extraordinary Painting by Caravaggio Changed an Ordinary Life Today," explores Caravaggio and his masterpiece, "The Seven Acts of Mercy" in Naples. His book, "The Wahhabi Code: How the Saudis Spread Extremism Globally", is both timely and compelling. He was interviewed by Christiane Amanpour on CNN on the complex subject. He has appeared on: BBC, NBC, NPR, PBS, C-SPAN, and RAI-TV. His award-winning documentaries are: "Talk Radio Tehran" that focuses on intrepid women who fulfill their aspirations in Iran's gender-apartheid; and "Black Africa White Marble" which recounts a battle for justice--past and present--between the explorer Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza and the President of Congo-Brazzaville. Ward is a member of PEN International and ISMEO (Associazione Internazionale di Studi sul Mediterraneo e l'Oriente) , the prestigious Middle Eastern institute based in Rome. With his wife, Idanna Pucci, he lives in New York and Florence, Italy.

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