'A fascinating and deeply rewarding book, which is underpinned by wide research and an impressive grasp of techniques and technicalities … A delight to read'
Adam Zamoyski, Daily Telegraph
'A compelling account of the fragility of beauty before avarice … Saltzman’s thrilling blend of historical narrative and art criticism is fitting testimony to its enduring greatness'
Paul Lay, The Times
Andrew Marr, Andrew Marr, Start the Week, R4
'[Saltzman’s] perceptive book traces Napoleon’s systematic gathering of artistic treasures as he conquered Italy, focusing on Veronese’s masterpiece … An absorbing story of conflict and culture'
'The fascination of Saltzman’s splendid book lies to a significant degree in her subtle contrast of the tumultuous immensity of Bonaparte’s aspirations and the serenity of Veronese’s painting … Thoroughly at ease in the Venetian Renaissance and French imperial worlds, Cynthia Saltzman tells this story with Veronesian panache'
Jonathan Keates, Literary Review
'[An] absorbing and chilling narrative'
The Times, Art Books of the Year 2021