Il Gigante: Michelangelo, Florence, and the David 1492-1504 / Edition 1

Il Gigante: Michelangelo, Florence, and the David 1492-1504 / Edition 1

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by Anton Gill
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312314434

ISBN-13: 9780312314439

Pub. Date: 12/05/2004

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

At the turn of the 16th century, Italy was a turbulent territory made up of independent states, each at war with or intriguing against its neighbor. There were the proud, cultivated, and degenerate Sforzas in Milan, and in Rome, the corrupt Spanish family of the Borgia whose head, Rodrigo, ascended to St Peter's throne as Pope Alexander VI. In Florence, a golden

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At the turn of the 16th century, Italy was a turbulent territory made up of independent states, each at war with or intriguing against its neighbor. There were the proud, cultivated, and degenerate Sforzas in Milan, and in Rome, the corrupt Spanish family of the Borgia whose head, Rodrigo, ascended to St Peter's throne as Pope Alexander VI. In Florence, a golden age of culture and sophistication ended with the death of the greatest of the Medici family, Lorenzo the Magnificent, giving way to an era of uncertainty, cruelty, and religious fundamentalism.

In the midst of this turmoil, there existed the greatest concentration of artists that Europe has ever known. Influenced by the rediscovery of the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome, artists and thinkers such as Botticelli and da Vinci threw off the shackles of the Middle Ages to produce one of the most creative periods in history - the Renaissance.

This is the story of twelve years when war, plague, famine, and chaos made their mark on a volatile Italy, and when a young, erratic genius, Michelangelo Buonarroti, made his first great statue - the David. It was to become a symbol not only of the independence and defiance of the city of Florence but also of the tortured soul who created it. This is a wonderful history of the artist, his times, and one of his most magnificent works.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312314439
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
12/05/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Map: Italy c. 1500
Foreword1
List of Illustrations3
Prelude5
Ch. 1A Prince and a City25
Ch. 2A Birth and a Beginning77
Ch. 3Tumult115
Ch. 4Travels129
Ch. 5The Monk145
Ch. 6Rome163
Ch. 7The Sling and the Bow199
Ch. 8The Triumph of David229
Ch. 9Il Gigante265
Ch. 10Departure301
Select Bibliography325
Index329

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