Street Fight in Naples: A Book of Art and Insurrection

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Street Fight in Naples: A Book of Art and Insurrection

Street Fight in Naples A Book of Art and Insurrection A journey through the history culture and mean streets of Naples by the acclaimed bestselling author of Midnight in Sicily and M Peter Robb Naples is always a shock flaunting beauty and squalor lik

  • Title: Street Fight in Naples: A Book of Art and Insurrection
  • Author: Peter Robb
  • ISBN: 9781741754124
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A journey through the history, culture and mean streets of Naples by the acclaimed bestselling author of Midnight in Sicily and M, Peter Robb Naples is always a shock, flaunting beauty and squalor like nowhere else Naples is the only city in Europe whose ancient past still lives in its irrepressible people Their ancestors came from all over the early Mediterranean to thA journey through the history, culture and mean streets of Naples by the acclaimed bestselling author of Midnight in Sicily and M, Peter Robb Naples is always a shock, flaunting beauty and squalor like nowhere else Naples is the only city in Europe whose ancient past still lives in its irrepressible people Their ancestors came from all over the early Mediterranean to the wide bay and its islands, shadowed by a dormant volcano Not all of them found what they were looking for, but they made a great and terribly human city Peter Robb s Street Fight in Naples ranges across nearly three thousand years of Neapolitan life and art, from the first Greeklandings in Italy to his own less auspicious arrival thirty something years ago.In 1503 Naples became the Mediterranean capital of Spain s world empire and the base for the Christian struggle with Islam It was a European metropolis matched only by Paris and Istanbul, an extraordinary concentration of military power, lavish consumption, poverty and desperation As the occupying empire went into crisis, exhausted by its wars against Islamists in the Mediterranean and Protestants in the North, the people of Naples paid a dreadful price.Naples was where in 1606 the greatest painter of his age fled from Rome after a fatal street fight Michelangelo Merisi from Caravaggio found in its teeming streets an image of the age s crisis, and released among the painters of Naples the energies of a great age in European art until everything erupted in a revolt by the dispossessed, and the people of an occupied city brought Europe into the modern world.

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    One thought on “Street Fight in Naples: A Book of Art and Insurrection

    1. S'hi on said:

      A fascinating collage of ancient stories and images with modern extensions and perspectives. Little known artists are intermingled with better known Masters and their various interconnections throughout the power centres and religious intrigues of the centuries. If history had have been like this when I was at school I might have paid more attention. Poetry and philosophy also have their part, as does food, which seems to be the centre of all things Italian.In some ways this seems like a collect [...]

    2. Liz Wager on said:

      slightly disjointed but Robb writes so well that it's still a good read and made me want to visit Naples (pictures don't work on Kindle, though, so I ended up Googling some of them!)

    3. Roger on said:

      Peter Robb is a unique voice in Australian letters. From his first book Midnight in Sicily, he has delved into odd corners of the murkier side of human nature by looking at art, food, and the other vices that beset us. From the title it's obvious that this work's focus is that Queen of Cities, Naples. Robb lived there for many years although it was only after he returned to his native country that he could write this book, which in true Robb fashion combines his own memories with snippets of his [...]

    4. Ken Mannion on said:

      Naples is a city of “moist and exquisitely polluted air”, full of dark alleys illuminated by “blinding knifeblades of light”. Robb brings a painterly eye to his descriptions of the locals in the dark and dank Spanish Quarters area: “sylphlike girls and bountiful breastfeeding mothers hardened and thickened overnight into chunky walking armoured cars with voices like factory hooters” and old widowers “in decent threadbare clothes with a black mourning button on their lapel and livin [...]

    5. Evelyn on said:

      Although the book is super interesting and has a lot of lesser known History about Naples, Robb hops around so much that it is hard to keep track of who is who. Also keep the internet close to look up every painting otherwise it is hard to imagine.

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