"The objective of Sheila McTighe's book of this title is to understand the role of eye-witnessing, depicting 'from life', and the process by which works of art were made in Italy during the early modern period. [...] It is an ambitious remit that is superbly handled, revealing deep analysis based on close and prolonged looking, asking penetrating questions of the material, through contemporary sources."
- Mark McDonald, Print Quarterly, XXXIX, 2022, I
"Attending to recent focus in the discipline on the methods of artistic practice, the book sheds new light on little-understood aspects of early modern artistic working methods, from Caravaggio's 'true doubles' to Callot's miniaturization devices, to Claude's perspectival instruments. Through a rich historical contextualization, it also brings to the fore a range of interdisciplinary influences on art-making of the period, from court wit to instruments of vision, to mapping and measurement, and theatrical scenography."
- Professor Genevieve Warwick, University of Edinburgh