M: The Man Who Became Caravaggio

By Peter Robb

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."

"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"


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Publisher Picador USA
Publish date 02/10/2001
Pages 592
ISBN-13 9780312274740
ISBN-10 0312274742
Language English