M by Peter Robb
The an Who Became Caravaggio

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A bold, fresh biography of the world's first modern painter As presented 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 of the sixteenth century was marked by the Inquisition and Counter-Reformation, a background of ideological cold war against which, despite all odds and at great cost to their creators, 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."Caravaggio threw out Renaissance dogma to paint with dazzling originality and fierce vitality, qualities that are echoed in Robb's prose. As with Caravaggio's art, M arrests and susps time to reveal what the author calls "the theater of the partly seen." Caravaggio's wild persona leaps through these pages like quicksilver; in Robb's skilled hands, he is an immensely attractive character with an astonishing connection to the glories and brutalities of life.

About Peter Robb

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Australian-born Peter Robb has lived in Naples and southern Italy for the past fourteen years. His first book, Midnight in Sicily, was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book and a New York Public Library Book of the Year.
Published February 10, 2001 by Picador. 592 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Robb's Caravaggio--or ""M,"" as he insists on calling the multimonikered and aliased painter--was a violent man of ""hairtrigger touchiness,"" who fueled the passionate intensity of his painting with his professional and emotional frustrations, managing to register raw life in a religious culture...

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Austin Chronicle

With Helen Langdon's 1999 biography of the artist so highly acclaimed and Desmond Seward's 1998 work offering more satisfying glimpses at the actual works of art, this recent and ambitious attempt by an obviously gifted scholar simply falls short.

May 19 2000 | Read Full Review of M: The Man Who Became Caravaggio


Not only did Robert let Cersei down – and it seems there was some chance there, somewhere – but one gets the impression even Jaime hasn’t lived up to her needs.

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I advanced really quickly, considering I had only had 25 fights, when a lot of the guys had more than 100 fights.

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