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A Smashing Book, 18 July 2011
Fried's Caravaggio: A letter to the Times Literary Supplement Submitted on 2 July 2011
Sir, - I was sufficiently intrigued by your reviewer, Angus Trumble's account of Michael Fried's recent book, The Moment of Caravaggio (May 20), to buy and read the book. However, when I then went back to the review, I had the strong feeling that Dr Trumble did not do justice to the power and novelty of the book. It is not that there is anything decidedly wrong in what he does say about it. But to spend three paragraphs on Caravaggio's sexuality and only one on Fried's "densely argued text" leaves your readers completely in the lurch: from Fried's close reading of selected paintings by the Master it is - for once - possible to learn something genuinely new (when does that happen?), not just about those paintings, but about the whole of Caravaggio and indeed the realist tradition in Western art. This is no mean achievement, which your reviewer ought to have acknowledged, instead of speaking of Fried's "distant view from the professorial podium". On the contrary, Fried hits right in the solar plexus.
The Faculty of Theology
The University of Copenhagen.