Michelangelo A&i

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A rebellious youth who chose a career as an artist against his father's wishes, Michelangelo (1475-1564) went on to be recognized as one of the outstanding talents of his age. Such was the degree of fame and wealth he acquired that he became a legend within his own lifetime. In the centuries since his death his work has been almost universally admired, and he has been cast as the prototype for artistic genius.

In this stimulating introduction to the artist's life and work, ...

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Overview

A rebellious youth who chose a career as an artist against his father's wishes, Michelangelo (1475-1564) went on to be recognized as one of the outstanding talents of his age. Such was the degree of fame and wealth he acquired that he became a legend within his own lifetime. In the centuries since his death his work has been almost universally admired, and he has been cast as the prototype for artistic genius.

In this stimulating introduction to the artist's life and work, Anthony Hughes employs the latest evidence from research and restoration projects to take a fresh look at who Michelangelo was and what he has become. Setting Michelangelo firmly within the political and social world he inhabited, Hughes interprets his work not only as the expression of an individual sensibility but also as the results of often difficult transactions between artist and clients. He gives an enjoyable and historically informed account of the full range of Michelangelo's creative endeavours, in the process exploring the artist's relations with family and friends, his sexuality and his position in the sixteenth-century world.

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In composing this addition to the Art and Ideas series, Michelangelo author Anthony Hughes intelligently and with a rare sense of humor details the genius's development in a career that spanned three-quarters of a century. Not at all a collection of coffee-table books, this series is sized and designed to be read. The books include a wealth of appendices, including glossaries and timelines, that beg to be pored over. The publishing program for this unique series will eventually include more than 100 titles.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714834832
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Series: Art and Ideas Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
1 Citizens from a Noble Line: Early Life and Family Status 9
2 These Great Masters: Looking for New Patrons 33
3 Readiness and Triumph: Serving the Florentine Republic 1501-1505 63
4 Strong, Violent and Difficult to Manage: Working for Pope Julius II 103
5 The Return of the Medici: Michelangelo's First Architecture 145
6 Many Things Shall be Done: The Chapel and Library at San Lorenzo 173
7 A Knight at Arms: The Resurrection of the Body 229
8 Julius Laid to Rest: The Tomb and the Last Paintings and Sculptures 255
9 How Much Blood Costs: The Final Years 289
10 The Unfinished Task: Making Sense of Michelangelo 317
Glossary 332
Brief Biographies 334
Key Dates 337
Map 341
Further Reading 342
Index 346
Acknowledgements 350
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