Michelangelo Drawings: Closer to the Master

Overview

One of the best known and most influential artists in the history of art, Michelangelo was a prolific sculptor, painter, architect, and draftsman. This lovely book focuses on more than 250 of his drawings executed in chalk, charcoal, and pen and ink. Distinguished art historian Hugo Chapman examines this array of works and discusses how the act of drawing figured prominently in Michelangelo’s work.

Chapman considers the artist’s training and his choice of various techniques in a...

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Overview

One of the best known and most influential artists in the history of art, Michelangelo was a prolific sculptor, painter, architect, and draftsman. This lovely book focuses on more than 250 of his drawings executed in chalk, charcoal, and pen and ink. Distinguished art historian Hugo Chapman examines this array of works and discusses how the act of drawing figured prominently in Michelangelo’s work.

Chapman considers the artist’s training and his choice of various techniques in a close investigation of the central role of drawing in  Michelangelo’s career. The author describes the artist’s frugal use of paper, explaining how he often recycled letters and drawings (working on both the front and back of the sheet) throughout his career. Organized chronologically, the book looks at Michelangelo’s early development in Florence and Rome, his accomplishments as papal artist for the Sistine Chapel ceiling with its myriad preparatory studies, and his drawings for the tomb of Julius II, the Medici tombs, the Laurentian library, and the Last Judgement. The fascinating history of the fate of Michelangelo’s drawings after his death is also explored in detail.

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Editorial Reviews

Deseret Morning News - Dave Gagon
“A must-purchase. . . . Handsomely illustrated and enlightening. . . . A fascinating history of the fate of the artist’s drawings after his death”
New York Review of Books - Ingrid D. Rowland
“The catalog . . . is really an artistic biography told through the drawings, but with several informative sidelights….”—Ingrid D. Rowland, New York Review of Books
Library Journal
Accompanying a unique British Museum exhibition (showing until Jun. 2006), this generously illustrated catalog by art historian Chapman (associate keeper, Dept. of Prints and Drawings, British Museum; Raphael: From Urbino to Rome) features nearly one-sixth of the 633 surviving drawings believed to be attributed to one of the greatest and most creative Italian Renaissance painters, sculptors, architects, and poets, Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564). Mostly drawn from the world-renowned collections of paper works at the British (London), Ashmolean (Oxford), and Teylers (Haarlem, the Netherlands) museums, these 90 drawings range from quickly rendered preliminary studies to more completed works. While not an exhibition catalog in the traditional sense-it lacks a separate section of entries on showcased works-this chronologically organized text is easy to read, informative, and scholarly. It focuses mainly on the political, social, and historical contexts for Michelangelo's works and addresses issues of technique, connoisseurship, authorship, and provenance. Two appendixes provide springboards for further study and research. Intended for diverse audiences, this insightfully written and significant book is highly recommended for academic, special, and large public libraries with specialized Italian Renaissance art book collections.-Cheryl Ann Lajos, Free Lib. of Philadelphia Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300111477
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 11/11/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Hugo Chapman is associate keeper of prints and drawings at The British Museum.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 5
Acknowledgements 8
Michelangelo: Significant dates 10
1 Introduction 13
2 Early Formation: Florence and Rome, 1475-1501 43
3 Florence, 1501-1505 71
4 The Second Roman Period, 1505-1516 97
5 The Return to Florence, 1516-1534 153
6 Rome, 1534-1564 229
Appendix I List of exhibits 284
Appendix II Translations of longer inscriptions and letters 294
Notes 299
Bibliography 311
Index 318
Illustration acknowledgements 320
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