The book does contain a fascinating chapter on queer costume drama, covering two extraordinary films by the late Derek Jarman, Edward II (1991) and Carravagio
(1986), and the Henry James adaptations and Oscar Wilde.
MARK LAWSON: Basquiat (1996) Dir: Julian Schnabel, Carravagio
(1986) Dir: Derek Jarman, Edvard Munch (1976) Dir: Peter Watkins, Frida (2002) Dir: Julie Taymor, Le Mystere Picasso (1956) Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot, Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998) Dir: John Maybury, Lust For Life (1956) Dir: Vincente Minelli, Pollock (2002) Dir: Ed Harris, Rembrant (1936) Dir: Alexander Korda, Surviving Picasso (1996) Dir: James Ivory, The Agony and the Ecstacy (1965) Dir: Carol Reed, The World of Gilbert & George (1981) Dir: Philip Has, Top Spot (2004) Dir: Tracey Emin, Vincent (1987) Dir: Paul Cox.
Aristotle, Euclid and the 10th-century Arabian scholar Hassan ibn Hassan (also known as Ibn al Haitam) utilized camera obscura, as did artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Jan Vermeer, Carravagio
Although in the Patient Carravagio
pursues the identity of the English patient like a detective, Ondaatje pursued the identity of his visionary man more like a historian.
Certain people throughout history were privileged to have been contemporaries of Homer, Shakespeare, Racine, Goethe, Dostoevsky, Proust, Joyce, Carravagio
, Rembrandt, Cezanne, Mozart, Beethoven.