My favorite books to read are biographies of artists. Right now I'm reading "Caravaggio: A Passionate Life". Not your everyday post-Rennaissance painter, Caravaggio was hot-tempered and often violent. He was a brilliant painter whose style of painting (chiarascuro) brought high drama and emotional intensity to his paintings. He was notorious for brawling and in a duel killed a young man. He spent the rest of his life on the run. Caravaggio died at the age of 39 on his way to receive a pardon for his crime.