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Michelangelo, Volume 1: The Achievement of Fame, 1475-1534by Michael Hirst
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This remarkable book is the first of two volumes in what will be the definitive modern biography of Michelangelo. An illuminating study of Michelangelo's extraordinary career, it follows the artist from his apprenticeship in Ghirlandaio's workshop to his final move to Rome in 1534, when, at the age of 59, he left behind his native Florence, never to return. During these years he created such outstanding works as the marble Pietà, the giant marble David, commissioned for the cathedral in Florence, the Sistine Ceiling frescoes, and the new sacristy and library for the Medici family at San Lorenzo. He began the monumental tomb for Pope Julius II in Rome, and he became one of the most sought-after artists of the early 16th century.
Written by the leading Michelangelo scholar, this prodigiously informative account benefits from recent archival discoveries and restorations, and is enriched by material from the long-awaited editions of the artist's correspondence and artistic contracts. The wealth of new information enables light to be shed on the genesis of Michelangelo's works in sculpture, painting, and architecture, and on his complex psychological relations with his family, friends, and powerful patrons.
A fresh look at the exquisite drawings by this towering genius of Italian 16th-century art
An intimate view of beloved Florentine works from one of the greatest eras in Western art\n
From the leading authority on Michelangelo, a major new biography of the artist many consider the most influential in history
The leading authority on Michelangelo presents a major new biography of the artist, shedding fresh light on the years when he built his reputation with the Pietá, the Sistine Ceiling frescoes, and many other masterpieces.
In this engaging and handsome book, Cammy Brothers takes an unusual approach to Michelangelo's architectural designs, arguing that they are best understood in terms of his experience as a painter and sculptor. Unlike previous studies, which have focused on the built projects and considered the drawings only insofar as they illuminate those buildings, this book analyses his designs as an independent source of insight into the mechanisms of Michelangelo's imagination. Brothers gives equal weight to the unbuilt designs, and suggests that some of Michelangelo's most radical ideas remained on paper.
Brothers explores the idea of drawing as a mode of thinking, using its evidence to reconstruct the process by which Michelangelo arrived at new ideas. By turning the flexibility and fluidity of his figurative drawing methods to the subject of architecture, Michelangelo demonstrated how it could match the expressive possibilities of painting and sculpture.
Michelangelo (14751564) is a giant in the history of art. The versatility of his artistic skill was extraordinarily wide: apart from being a sculptor, painter, and draftsman, he was also an architect and a poet. In all of his works, it is the beauty, perfection, and virtuosity of execution that continues to inspire and endure.
Central to all of Michelangelos artistic endeavors were his drawings, in which his creative ideas originated, evolved, and were perfected. This handsome book takes a fascinating tour of the artists drawings by looking at highlightsranging from unfinished sketches to delicate, refined studiesall of which are located in the exceptional collection of the British Museum. Included are studies of some of Michelangelos most famous works such as the Sistine Chapel ceiling and the Last Judgement.
With an introductory essay on the artists life and key works, and beautiful color reproductions of the drawings, this book provides an indispensable foundation for understanding Michelangelos art, his creative genius, and his unparalleled gift as a draftsman.
About the Author
Hugo Chapman is associate keeper of prints and drawings at The British Museum.
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