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Michelangelo: Sculptor and Painter based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
The book “Michelangelo Sculptor and Painter” by Barbara Somervill, is an easily understood biography about the work life of Michelangelo di Lodovico di Lionardo Buonarroti Simoni. The works of Michelangelo are similar to those of a body painter in the sense that the final result was made by taking something ordinary (a block of marble or a plain human body) and working with the medium to make something extraordinary. Somervill uses terms commonly known to the average American. For example, to portray the economic status of Michelangelo’s family, Somervill states that his “family had a good, noble name but no money to back it up,” meaning that Michelangelo was born into a poor family with a good reputation. When she uses the sentence “one serious missed hit and the stone is worthless,” she explains to the reader that sculpting is a very hard task which requires much concentration and precision. I suggest this book as a must read to someone searching for a detailed but quick summary of Michelangelo’s work life. Overall, I would give this book a five out of five because I wasn’t interested in learning or reading about Michelangelo, but as I started reading, the amount of time and effort Michelangelo spent on his work amazed me.