Michelangelo: The Drawings of a Genius

Michelangelo: The Drawings of a Genius

by Michaelangelo
     
 

Michelangelo's drawings endowed human physique with an expressive musculature that remains to be rivaled in its feeling for corporeal articulation. His drawings of male nudes in particular, fraught as they are with tempestuous longing, project both tension and pliancy, and a compelling sense of health in the exertions and torque of bodies; he was also readily able to…  See more details below

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Michelangelo's drawings endowed human physique with an expressive musculature that remains to be rivaled in its feeling for corporeal articulation. His drawings of male nudes in particular, fraught as they are with tempestuous longing, project both tension and pliancy, and a compelling sense of health in the exertions and torque of bodies; he was also readily able to bring contrary qualities of grace and swiftness to depictions of women and cherubim. With over 300 color plates and extensive contextualizing scholarship, Michelangelo: The Drawings of a Genius is the most complete treatment of this work ever published, and thus constitutes a publication of great importance. Masterpieces from the world's finest museums are gathered here, from the early studies for the "Battle of Cascina" and the studies for the Sistine Chapel frescoes, to the drawings for the tomb of Julius II, the Medici tombs, the drawings for Tommaso de' Cavalieri and the later crucifixion scenes; also addressed are those works whose authenticity has been subject to debate. Works by other artists, done after the master's sketches, further illuminate the enormous influence of Michelangelo's art.
Painter, sculptor, poet, architect and engineer, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475-1564) was both dauntingly prolific and relentlessly innovative in output. He sculpted two of his greatest works, the "Pieta" and "David," before he turned 30, and created two of the world's best-known paintings on the ceiling and walls of the Sistine Chapel in Rome--the creation scenes from "Genesis" and "The Last Judgment." Giorgio Vasari proposed that Michelangelo represented the pinnacle of all artistic achievement since the beginning of the Renaissance, a view that has survived to this day.

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Library Journal
Michelangelo (1475–1564) made thousands of working drawings for his sculpture, fresco, and painting masterpieces, yet only 600 are known today. Many he destroyed; others were lost to time. Vienna's Albertina Museum has amassed 100 of these works on paper in a richer display than has hitherto been shown in prior Michelangelo drawing exhibits. The book's main portion contains a hefty catalog section providing color reproductions of studies on paper as well as the final works for which they were intended if there was one. The dimensions of each drawing are given, along with its medium, year created, provenance, and a related bibliography. The introduction puts into perspective how Michelangelo's drawing developed, from his youthful copying of other artists to techniques and materials he employed, such as cross-hatching, torsion, the use of black and red chalk and ink, as well as the distinguishing elements used in attribution of his drawings. Aside from his architectural work, his subject matter, whether sculpture, graphic, or painting, was always the human figure, usually nude, muscular, and anatomically detailed. VERDICT This book includes informative descriptions and a lucid introduction that illuminate Michelangelo's graphic brilliance; recommended to students, scholars, and general readers.—Ellen Bates, New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783775725897
Publisher:
Hatje Cantz Verlag GmbH & Co KG
Publication date:
01/31/2011
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.50(d)

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