Robb's extraordinary book about the great Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi from Caravaggio is being reprinted for the exhibition of the artist's work that opens at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in November and later moves to Melbourne. The book contains dozens of pictures. This will be a cheaper edition than before (the notes have been removed) and will have an insert giving page references to pictures in the exhibition.'Written with the urgency of a detective novel - compulsively readable.' - John McDonald, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD'A book that recreates the mirror Caravaggio held up to nature with singular delicacy as well as passion and panache.' - Hilary Spurling, NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
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.