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Michelangelo 1475-1564 : Basic Art (00 Edition)by Gilles Neret
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This album presents the work of Michelangelo, one of the great Renaissance artists who transformed the history of art, attaining to ever closer imitation of nature whilst altering it to their taste. Michelangelo tried to reconcile the forces that inhabited him: earthly passions and fear of God.
The passion and the glory. The great Renaissance artists devotion to beauty
A tortured, suffering soul, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475-1564) funneled his God-fearing passion into the creation of some of the most revered and celebrated works in the history of art. Attempting to reconcile the apparently conflicting forces that inhabited him: earthly passions and fear of God. The edifice devoted to beauty, celestial and infernal alike, that Michelangelo raised to the glory of God has no equivalent. His predecessors aspired to Heaven through faith alone; Michelangelo sought to rise through the contemplative exaltation of beauty.
His passions found expression in the human body as it emerged from the Creators hand. And they did so even on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. This exposed him to a chorus of derision from prudish critics, who accused him of exhibiting paganism in a place of religion, and who clothed his immodest Titans in painted “breeches.” It was Michelangelos curse to remain a colossus outside of and apart from his time. The spectacle of such glory was too much for his contemporaries.
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Gilles Néret (1933-2005) was an art historian, journalist, writer and museum correspondent. He organized several art retrospectives in Japan and founded the SEIBU museum and the Wildenstein Gallery in Tokyo. He directed art reviews such as L'Œil and Connaissance des Arts and received the Elie Faure Prize in 1981 for his publications. His TASCHEN titles includeSalvador Dalí: The Paintings, Matisse, and Erotica Universalis.
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