I, Michelangelo

I, Michelangelo

by Georgia Illetschko

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Library Journal - Library Journal
This handsome series opener succeeds at summarizing the divine one's life and legacy for a lay audience. A long biographical introduction is followed by three chapters on Michelangelo's accomplishments as a sculptor, painter, and architect. Generous illustrations of his greatest works including a four-page foldout of the Sistine Chapel ceiling leave scant room for text, barely ten pages per chapter. Ostensibly, the aim is to present a self-portrait through quotations from the artist's sonnets and letters. In truth, however, there is space for little more than a pleasant if perfunctory recounting of the many commissions over a long life lived in turbulent times. Moreover, independent art historian Illetschko has a knack for consistently selecting the most favorable anecdote or ingratiating interpretation available. Still, primarily because of the fine illustrations, this work can be recommended for high school, community college, and general public libraries needing a new overview of Michelangelo. Eric Bryant, New York Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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