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Posted July 13, 2010
There are adventure stories that keep readers on the edge of their seats; romance novels that make fans daydream about that perfect moment with that special someone; and, mystery/thrillers that make readers leave the lights on at night. But only once in a great while does a book come long that is absolutely beautiful; a celebration of a life that was filled with so much creativity and passion for a particular field, that the story is a learning experience that's truly inspiring, and the pictures of works of art fill the reader with awe. This is one of those books.a book that deserves a well-thought-out essay far more than a four hundred word review.
Before he reached the age of thirty, Michelangelo had produced David, a sculpture that has become the very definition of the word genius. Like his fellow Florentine, DaVinci, Michelangelo was a literal star of the Renaissance in all areas of the art world, including painting, sculpting, draughtsman, and architect. He was a man born into a political family; his father was a magistrate for a term of one year and was ensconced in a social class very far up in the hierarchy of Europe. Using his family's social connections, Michelangelo became very popular, very fast.
This celebration of life and work also offers some extremely fun facts about Michelangelo's past. One is when DaVinci and he were both commissioned to paint an episode from Florentine history. As they both moved in a different direction, they painted scenes of battle, as the two artistic "giants" competed for the palm. Fun fact number two was that there was a time when Michelangelo spent six months sitting in a quarry, choosing exactly the "right" pieces of marble with figures waiting to emerge from the great, stone slabs.
As his life came to a close, Michelangelo was found to have been a miser in most respects. He had a thirst for money and commissions, yet very rarely ate meals and refused to accept gifts from people because he was afraid of being permanently obligated to the giver. When he was finally laid to rest in Florence, he was given a saint's send-off. No one had surpassed him in the art world (and, frankly, no one has since). From the creation of marble sculptures to being chief architect on the project of St. Peter's, Michelangelo was, and still remains, the most amazing "creator of beauty" that the world will ever know.
Quill Says: There is so much - page after page - of awe-inspiring photographs and detailed information on this genius' life that all readers will want to bury themselves in this fantastic tome to immerse themselves in the amazing creations that Michelangelo gave to the world. This is not a book.this is a gift.
Posted July 4, 2011
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