M: The Man Who Became Caravaggio

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Macmillan, Feb 10, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 592 pages
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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."

 

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Of books about the art and life of the great Caravaggio, there are apparently no end. Unfortunately this comprehensive consideration of the master's life and oeuvre neither particularly expands our ... Read full review

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A fascinating story of Caravaggio's brutal life, and we get the feeling that this was a rather violent man. Lots of papal politics, duels. Brilliant recreations and passionate renderings of Caravaggio's paintings coupled with a biography of a man about whom little is really known. Robb makes the case that Caravaggio is the founder of modern art. 

Contents

Milan Caravaggio 15711592
17
Rome 15931597
41
Rome 15971599
67
Rome 15981600
93
Rome 1600
117
Rome 16001601
143
Rome 16011602
167
Rome 16011603
191
Rome Paliano 1606
337
Naples 16061607
361
Naples Malta 1607
385
Malta Naples 16071608
409
MALTA SYRACUSE
433
PALERMO NAPLES 16091610
457
ROME POST MORTEM
479
Ms PAINTINGS
497

Rome 1603
215
Rome 1603
241
Rome 1604
265
Rome 1605
289
Rome 16051606
313
NOTES 519
519
SOURCES
547
PEOPLE
563
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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.

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