I like the intertwining of Carravaggios life and his work. The guy was a bum and a thug but what an eye. Vermeer has always been my most fav artist . I especially love his works of minor landscape masterpices of the streets of Delft.
Howvere, getting on with some of my leat favs and I hope this guy has not been mentioned because I hold him in scorn as an "Otto Wacker" of the Abstract expressionists.
Cy Twombly, never got it, dont like it, He sold his doodle pads fpr big bucks.
I saw recently that the big buck art market seems to be back. Christies in NY did 41 Million in one week in Jan 2011. Most of it was the abstract expressionist stuff which seems to have been a marginal market until times were really stable. SO, who knows. if youve got a extra Louis Morris lying about or a Frank Stella, you could show a profit now.