M: The Caravaggio Enigma

M: The Caravaggio Enigma

3.89 (4,560 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

List price: US$7.98

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks

Description

M is the name of an enigma. In his short and violent life, Michaelangelo Merisi, from Caravaggio, changed art for ever. In the process, he laid bare his own sexual longing and the brutal realities of his life with shocking frankness. Like no painter before him and few since, M the man appears in his art. As a book about art and life and how they connect, there has never been anything quite like it. "A great read; it grabs, it kicks, it lives. Feel the force of Caravaggio's cutting edge" - "Guardian". "Written in a vehemently passionate and colloquial style, M is an abrasive, flawed, idiosyncratic book, but it is full of energy. Peter Robb's Caravaggio may not be entirely believable, but he is thoroughly alive, a being as full of mystery and contradictions as the painter once seemed to his contemporaries" - "Daily Telegraph".show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 40mm | 521.64g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • colour and b&w illustrations
  • 0747548587
  • 9780747548584
  • 1,773,575

Review quote

"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"show more

About Peter Robb

Peter Robb is the author of the widely-acclaimed MIDNIGHT IN SICILY. Born in Toorak, Australia, he has lived in Europe and South America for much of his adult life. He now lives in Sydney.show more

Rating details

4,560 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 39% (1,770)
4 28% (1,285)
3 21% (974)
2 7% (328)
1 4% (203)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X