Introducing Michelangelo

Introducing Michelangelo

by Robin Richmond
     
 

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Michelangelo was one of the greatest artists the world has known.

He was born near Florence, Italy over 500 years ago and lived through a time of extraordinary developments in art and science. He has left us beautiful and powerful sculptures, as well as paintings and architecture which tell us much about his life and times. In the book, the author introduces us to

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Michelangelo was one of the greatest artists the world has known.

He was born near Florence, Italy over 500 years ago and lived through a time of extraordinary developments in art and science. He has left us beautiful and powerful sculptures, as well as paintings and architecture which tell us much about his life and times. In the book, the author introduces us to the man whose inner struggles, dedication, and genius were the inspiration behind his great art.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Renaissance Italy unfolds handsomely here in this overview of the artist's life and work. Following a brief prologue printed over snippets from his oeuvre--a manuscript fragment, St. Peter's dome and the head of David all crumbling out of an ancient plaster wall--the master's 89 years are compellingly--if rapidly--presented in a well-chosen assortment of vignettes and historical asides. Groupings of elegant Medicis, stern popes and thriving city-states float across the pages in a glittering display of contemporary local talent, providing a historical context in which to better grasp Michelangelo's times and his influence on them. Richmond's ambitious text explores the influence of classical Greece and Rome, the symbiotic relationship between artists and their wealthy patrons and the Sistine Chapel restoration; only occasionally does her evocation of Michelangelo's world threaten to dwarf the artist. In the two pages devoted to David Michelangelo's light shines the most brightly, with no distractions. A well-done introduction for children and primer for future art appreciation classes. Ages 7-10. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-- These few pages are scarcely enough to cover adequately all that is attempted here--the long, creative life of Michelangelo, his multiple talents, and the Renaissance painters and patrons among whom he lived. Richmond wisely features just three of his greatest works. She contrasts the Pietas done at various times in Michelangelo's life, devotes a double-page spread to his David , and includes four pages on the restoration project underway on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. The text is sandwiched in between large cut-outs of portions of Michelangelo's paintings, photographs of his sculpture, scenes from works by other artists, and period maps of Florence and Rome, all in full color. The result is an encyclopedic book, crowded with information, both visual and written, that's adequate for reports. Piero Ventura's Michelangelo's World (Putnam, 1989) lacks actual reproductions of the artist's works. Richmond's book is, therefore, a practical purchase. --Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316744409
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
03/10/1992
Edition description:
1st U.S. ed
Pages:
32
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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