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"There is certainly nothing rushed about this excellent account of the world's greatest sculptor... Through Gill's sensitive and accessible reading of the David in particular we can perhaps feel a little closer to [Michelangelo]... It would be well-deserved if this book is as successful as those by [Dava] Sobel and [Ross] King - Gill is a perceptive and accessible critic" - Sunday Herald
"A few pages into Anton Gill's new book and any readers who have never seen a Renaissance painting or sculpture will be packing their bags and heading for Italy. Not a page goes by without the excitement and drama of this period catching at your imagination... A compelling story that is well told." - Country Living
"Gill's project may be ambitious, but his style and approach are aimed firmly at the general reader. In this he succeeds admirably and as an introduction to the Italian Renaissance Il Gigante could hardly be bettered." - Daily Mail
|Map: Italy c. 1500|
|List of Illustrations||3|
|Ch. 1||A Prince and a City||25|
|Ch. 2||A Birth and a Beginning||77|
|Ch. 5||The Monk||145|
|Ch. 7||The Sling and the Bow||199|
|Ch. 8||The Triumph of David||229|
|Ch. 9||Il Gigante||265|
Posted November 20, 2013
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Posted March 14, 2006
Despite what others might say, Il Gigante is a dynamic, engaging and well-researched work of history, from a political and artistic point of view. I find the author's technique of bringing the reader into Michelangelo's world both intriguing and effective. He accomplishes in a pithy and precise manner what most bloated critics could not hope to accomplish in 500 years. Michelangelo lived in a beautiful yet complicated and treacherous world. The author demonstrates concretely how Renaissance politics and maneuvering affected Michelangelo on many levels, but circumstances did not stop him from giving the world the very best of himself as an artist and as a human being. Bravo Anton!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 1, 2005
The book was okay because it successfully displayed many ideas and numerous facts, but the title is an anomaly. Only 75 of the 300 and something pages are about the David. A better title would be 'The Medici, Florence, and Michelangelo' because the sculpting of the David doesn't seem to be a main part of the book. His syntax is at times unsound and frustrating. Lesson: Always read the reviews given in the book before reading. On the cover of this book it mentions that, 'Gill at last proves and adept storyteller...,' which should have been a clear sign that this author lacks talent.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.