Michelangelo at San Lorenzo: The Genius as Entrepreneur

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This book amends a common misconception about one of the greatest Renaissance masters, who has been characterized since his own day as incapable of effective collaboration. This study focuses on San Lorenzo, a key Florentine monument of the Renaissance, where Michelangelo's contributions to the church are among his greatest achievements as a sculptor and architect. Organised around his three commissions at San Lorenzo - the never-realised facade for the church, the Medici chapel and the Laurentian Library - each ...

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Overview

This book amends a common misconception about one of the greatest Renaissance masters, who has been characterized since his own day as incapable of effective collaboration. This study focuses on San Lorenzo, a key Florentine monument of the Renaissance, where Michelangelo's contributions to the church are among his greatest achievements as a sculptor and architect. Organised around his three commissions at San Lorenzo - the never-realised facade for the church, the Medici chapel and the Laurentian Library - each chapter examines the organisation and day-to-day operations at the building site, as well as the artist's personal and professional relations with nearly three hundred persons who assisted him in carrying out the designs. From the marble quarries at Seravezza to the building site in Florence, William Wallace relates Michelangelo's struggles and triumphs as he worked on these projects for over two decades.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780521410212
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/27/1994
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 San Lorenzo Facade 9
I Michelangelo Becomes an Architect 9
II Where to Quarry 15
III To the Quarries 25
IV In the Quarries 37
V From the Quarries to Florence 43
VI In Florence 62
VII A Man-Made Mountain 70
Ch. 2 Medici Chapel 75
I From Facade to Mausoleum 75
II Second Beginning 87
III At Work 111
IV Assigning Tasks 122
Ch. 3 Laurentian Library 135
I A Library for a Pope 135
II Chain of Command 137
III Building Begins 141
IV Materials of Decoration 147
V The Building Rises 156
VI Progress and Interruption 181
Conclusion 187
Appendix 195
Notes 201
Bibliography 243
Index 254
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