World History Biographies: Michelangelo: The Young Artist Who Dreamed of Perfection

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Has any other artist left the world such a vast legacy as Michelangelo? Author Philip Wilkinson leads young readers on a journey of discovery through the life and works of the Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, and poet in a visually evocative book.

Wilkinson's lively narrative follows Michelangelo from his early apprenticeship in fresco through his fascination with sculpture, which gave us such masterpieces as the Pieta and David. Readers learn how Michelangelo ...

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Overview

Has any other artist left the world such a vast legacy as Michelangelo? Author Philip Wilkinson leads young readers on a journey of discovery through the life and works of the Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, and poet in a visually evocative book.

Wilkinson's lively narrative follows Michelangelo from his early apprenticeship in fresco through his fascination with sculpture, which gave us such masterpieces as the Pieta and David. Readers learn how Michelangelo studied anatomy by cutting up cadavers and of his tortuous struggle to release the human form from raw stone.

With the help of period artwork, quotes, and photographs of artifacts, the book traces Michelangelo's lifelong association with the Medici family and his Vatican patronage through several papacies. His monumental work on the Sistine Chapel ceiling is examined in detail, as is Michelangelo's role as Chief Architect to St. Peter's. Michelangelo's story will enthrall all who are inspired by the search for perfection.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475—1564) is, along with Leonardo da Vinci, an undisputed star of the Italian Renaissance. Philip Wilkinson's starter biography comfortably sets the artist within this Renaissance world. The days of Michelangelo's childhood and youth are first emphasized as grabbers. (Kids should be fascinated by both the wet nurse system, and calcio, a cannonball game.) Next, the Florentine world of politics and patronage is given a nod. Numerous period popes are sorted through. Michelangelo's major sculptures and paintings are referenced as the text speeds through his long life. While this is not a book predicated upon understanding Michelangelo's works, it is a good introduction to the artist for younger readers. The "World History Biographies" series was conceived, designed, and written in Great Britain under the auspices of an art historian consultant. The volume is handsomely illustrated and includes a running time line across the lower page borders, as well as a glossary, bibliography, and index.
VOYA - Lois Parker-Hennion
It is no surprise that this publisher would create a series that offers a visual feast that also is also rich with vital information that will be useful for student reports. A time line along the bottom of most pages puts the life of its subject into historical context. Each page includes colorful illustrations or maps, and many illustrations are photos of artifacts or paintings from the period. A glossary, index, and a bibliography that includes Web sites enhance the usefulness of the books in this series, which is designed for middle and high school students. Michelangelo describes the artist's life and work through a historical lens. Although he was from a family that had once been very wealthy, Michelangelo's financial situation was never secure even though he was recognized as a great artist at a very young age. Researchers will learn about the Italian Renaissance, the Medici Family, and the power of the Roman Catholic Church and its popes. Most famous for the statue of David, his Pieta, and the painting of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo's works are shown in beautiful, four-color photos throughout the book. He was a sculptor, painter, and architect, and students will learn that he was also poet. Other artists who helped to mentor Michelangelo and those like Leonardo DaVinci, who were creating art at the same time, are also covered briefly. Perhaps most important is the discussion of Michelangelo's legacy as a great artist who would not let his patrons have total control over his artistic process. This series would be a good resource for school reports and projects. Other books profile the lives of Eleanor of Aquitane, Alexander, Hatshepsut, Gandhi,Elizabeth I, Galileo, Mandela, Leonardo Da Vinci, Marie Curie, Saladin, and Marco Polo. There is a lot of information packaged beautifully into brief books.
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Meet the Author

Philip Wilkinson is the author of nearly 50 books. He lives in the Cotswolds, England.

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