Genius and violence: these artists committed capital crimes

VEver since Stoss has been cruelly punished for fraud, Caravaggio has been wanted by letter, Cellini was a burglar and murderer: art history celebrates criminals as great masters. Is there a special moral for fallen geniuses? Does any devoted art lover remember that the American sculptor Carl Andre was on trial in the 1980s for falling to her death from the 34th floor of his wife, the Cuban artist Ana Mendieta? The tragedy did nothing to harm his reputation as a hero of minimal art. The death has not yet been resolved, and the artist has been acquitted of the murder charge.


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