M: The Man Who Became Caravaggio by Robb, PeterM: The Man Who Became Caravaggio by Robb, Peter

M: The Man Who Became Caravaggio

byRobb, Peter

Paperback | February 10, 2001

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

As vividly and unflinchingly presented herein with "blood and bone and sinew" (Times Literary Supplement) by Peter Robb, Caravaggio's wild and tempestuous life was a provocation to a culture in a state of siege. The end of the sixteenth century was marked by the Inquisition and Counter-Reformation, a background of ideological war against which, despite all odds, brilliant feats of art and science were achieved. No artist captured the dark, violent spirit of the time better than Caravaggio, variously known as Marisi, Moriggia, Merigi, and sometimes, simply M. As art critic Robert Hughes has said, "There was art before him and art after him, and they were not the same." Robb's masterful biography "re-creates the mirror Cravaggio held up to nature," as Hilary Spurling wrote in The New York Times Book Review, "with singular delicacy as well as passion and panache."

Peter Robb was born in Australia and has lived in Naples and southern Italy for most of the past two decades. His first book, Midnight in Sicily, was a New York Times Notable Book and a New York Public Library Book of the Year.
Title:M: The Man Who Became CaravaggioFormat:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 8.26 × 5.53 × 1.02 inPublished:February 10, 2001Publisher:PicadorLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312274742

ISBN - 13:9780312274740

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Impressive story culled from history. I was a fan of the artwork before I read this tome. I've seen about 20 of the pieces in person and had a decent understanding of the context. This book does an excellent job of casting M as a person living during the early Baroque Rome. Purchase a companian book, though, for the artwork. Essential buy for tose who enjoy the Master's work and for people who very much enjoy period pieces.
Date published: 2006-05-31

Editorial Reviews

"Recreates the mirror Caravaggio held up to nature with singular delicacy as well as passion and panache." -Hilary Spurling, The New York Times Book Review"[Robb's] biography . . . comes across almost like an eyewitness account. His commentaries on the paintings convey a kind of informed passion in confrontation with genius . . . His account achieves both intimacy and vibrancy because of the richness of layering, its nonstop accumulation of analyzed detail." -Richard Bernstein, The New York Times"Robb's ambitions are lofty and, plainly put, it is hard not to be seduced by his prose." -The Washington Post"Partisan, sharply personal, and well worth reading." -The Wall Street Journal"Passionate, perceptive . . . [Robb] succeeds brilliantly in bringing to life one of the handful of figures in art history whose genius blazed so brightly that it illuminated an entire age and changed forever the course of European art." -The Baltimore Sun"It is clear that Caravaggio is Robb's oyster, and he makes him ours, too." -The Boston Globe"That rarest of hybrids, a cerebral thrill ride, and its indulgences are more than balanced by the brilliance of insight." -The Village Voice"A feast of art appreciation, storytelling, and witty speculation." -Bookpage