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The Life of Michelangelo
     

The Life of Michelangelo

by Ascanio Condivi
 

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Michelangelo Buonarroti remains arguably the most powerful artist in the Western canon and a touchstone for all artistic endeavor. Painter, sculptor, architect, poet, he redefined not only the possibilities of the imagination, but also the very image of the artist. He was the first artist to be the subject of a biography in his lifetime, with the publication of

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Michelangelo Buonarroti remains arguably the most powerful artist in the Western canon and a touchstone for all artistic endeavor. Painter, sculptor, architect, poet, he redefined not only the possibilities of the imagination, but also the very image of the artist. He was the first artist to be the subject of a biography in his lifetime, with the publication of Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects in 1550. Dissatisfied with Vasari's treatment, Michelangelo encouraged his close friend and fellow painter Ascanio Condivi to publish a rival biography. This compelling narrative of genius and its struggles in the treacherous world of Papal politics remains one of the most fascinating and influential texts in art history.

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Condivi was a young pupil, assistant, and confidante of Michelangelo's, and his biography is based to a large extent on the master's own words. It tells of his life, his relationship with his patrons, his objectives as an artist, and his accomplishments. The 1976 hard cover was published by Louisiana State University Press; a new introduction and updated endnotes incorporate recent research. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

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ISBN-13:
9781843680123
Publisher:
Pallas Athene (UK)
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.38(d)

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Ascanio Condivi (c. 1525-1574), from the Marchigian town of Ripatransone, was a moderately talented painter, sculptor and architect, remembered today chiefly for this biography of his friend Michelangelo.

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