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M: El Enigma de Caravaggio by Peter Robb

M: El Enigma de Caravaggio (original 1998; edition 2006)

by Peter Robb

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Title:M: El Enigma de Caravaggio
Authors:Peter Robb
Info:Alba (2006), Hardcover
Collections:Your library
Tags:Arte Barroca, Pintura, Itália, Séculos XVI e XVII

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M : The Man Who Became Caravaggio by Peter Robb (1998)


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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. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
For goodness' sake don't let this be the only book you read about Caravaggio, but DO let it inject some mischief and fun into your study of his stunning paintings; and let it be a reminder, too, that 'great art' is not something abstract which floats ready-made above the seedy world which the rest of us inhabit, but is something which is itself created in and through that world - which, here, Peter Robb brings rivetingly to life. I think it's fantastic! Naughty, but VERY nice. ( )
  readawayjay | Sep 1, 2011 |
This book was in GREAT need of a substantive editor. Too long, too dense. Just too everything. I pity the person that has no familiarity with Caravaggio that picks up this book. That person would hate the painter well before the first hundred pages are finished. It's only redeeming quality is of the painting descriptions. But even then, they go on and on and on. Peter Robb is clearly in love with his subject, that is for sure. ( )
  VenusofUrbino | May 15, 2009 |
Powerful book about a powerful but also fragile painter written in a powerful style. It's just been a major reading experience. Very different from a history of art book: the writer has qualities of a novelist, but clearly goes about his research in a most thorough manner.
I looked at each painting on the web and each became much more meaningful after having read about it in the book. A new way of looking at Caravaggio ( 'M') comes about. I now wish to see the canvases which are in South Italy, Sicily and Malta.
The organization of the book is interesting ( quotes, refs, list of pictures, paragraphs, sections, typography, elisions close to speech).
I'd also found an earlier read, Peter Robb's "Midnight in Sicily" of very high quality — recommended to me in Palermo by a Scottish professor who spoke perfect Italian. ( )
  lascaux | Jul 30, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312274742, Paperback)

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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Documents the wild persona of the late sixteenth-century artist, who captured the dark, violent spirit of his age better than any of his contemporaries.

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