Discovering Michelangelo: The Art Lover's Guide to Understanding Michelangelo's Masterpieces

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This exceptionally produced art book with die-cut windows and overlays identifies, decodes, and explains symbols hidden in Michelangelo’s works. Discover the full meaning behind fifty featured paintings, drawings, and sculptures in this unique volume celebrating Michelangelo. This book’s innovative design pairs stunning art reproductions with a page of die-cut windows that help the reader focus on specific aspects and features captions that highlight the most important symbols and innovations of the Renaissance’s...
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Overview

This exceptionally produced art book with die-cut windows and overlays identifies, decodes, and explains symbols hidden in Michelangelo’s works. Discover the full meaning behind fifty featured paintings, drawings, and sculptures in this unique volume celebrating Michelangelo. This book’s innovative design pairs stunning art reproductions with a page of die-cut windows that help the reader focus on specific aspects and features captions that highlight the most important symbols and innovations of the Renaissance’s master painter, architect, and sculptor. Learn the secrets behind famous works such as the Sistine Chapel ceiling, The Last Judgment, Doni Tondo, and David, as well as Bacchus, Battle of the Centaurs, and Bruges Madonna. Each work featured in Discovering Michelangelo: The Art Lover’s Guide to Understanding Michelangelo’s Masterpieces tells a story that becomes more fascinating as layer upon layer of symbolic meaning is revealed.
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“An exceptional gift for the art lover in your life, this beautiful guide combines the lush look of a coffee table book with a fascinating analysis revealing the history, symbols and secrets behind Michelangelo’s famous  artworks... Scholarly, yet totally accessible,... an innovative design that lets readers overlay each masterpiece with a page of die-cut windows and captions that focus on important details and hidden symbols. In this year of the Sistine Chapel’s 500th anniversary, no one needs to be reminded of the inspired aesthetics of Michelangelo’s works. Why not set the ceiling higher, and gain greater insight into one of the world’s greatest artists and his art.” ~Ambassador Magazine, National Italian American Foundation

"Discovering Michelangelo met and exceeded my expectations of a book that would not only introduce the artist to a new audience, but also re-introduce works to those who thought they knew them but never knew how little they really knew. Looking through these die-cut windows at over-familiar artwork...is the perfect window onto Michelangelo’s beautifully human, artistic soul.” ~BigThink.com

“This creatively constructed book uses die-cut windows and overlays with art reproductions to draw the eye to details, while captions explain everything from the background of each of the 50 works to their symbolic meanings. Wallace’s text and choice of artworks take the reader beyond the stereotypes of the David and God’s creation of Adam to a deeper understanding of the genius known as ‘Il Divino.’” ~The St. Louis Dispatch

Library Journal
Wallace (art history, Washington Univ., St. Louis; Michelangelo: The Artist, the Man and His Times) presents a rich variety of Michelangelo’s sculpture, painting, architecture, and design—each paired with in-depth detail, description, and background—in this engaging narrative. Most of his best-known works are here—David, the Pièta, the tomb of Guilano Medici, the Sistine Chapel, and his Last Judgment, among a full panoply of his achievements. With 50 pages of color reproductions, each of the masterpieces have overpages with cutout windows that focus on key aspects of the work, which Wallace wishes to call readers’ attention to on the illustrated page beneath it.

Verdict The cutout windows in this monograph are a compelling reason to view the book in its traditional 3-D format rather than on a screen and make the book a superb art object. Wallace accomplishes what he set out to do: his explanations will be valuable to anyone wishing to gain an understanding of the breadth and technique of this most famous of Renaissance masters. Sure to please as a thoughtful gift to an art lover or an enjoyable treat for a specialist.—Ellen Bates, New York(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789324436
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 605,140
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 13.62 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

William E. Wallace is a professor of art history at Washington University in St. Louis and is an internationally recognized authority on Michelangelo and his contemporaries. In addition to more than eighty articles and essays on Renaissance art, Wallace has written or edited six different books on Michelangelo, including Universe’s Michelangelo: The Complete Sculpture, Painting, Architecture.
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  • Posted October 10, 2012

    Beautiful art book -- plus!

    This is a gorgeous, well-written volume that would satisfy any art lover or student of Michelangelo. Add to this the clever die-cut windows that identify sectets in the art and you have a real winner! Written by a great scholar, with insightful essays paired with beautiful art reproduction, this book is a great value. Highly recommended!

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