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Michelangelo
     

Michelangelo

by Ticktock
 

A Comprehensive, informative and highly readable introduction to the world of Michelangelo.

Part of an 10 book art history series, featuring some of the world's most well known and popular artists. Beautiful images allow the reader to see the various works that the artists created during the different stages of their lives. Engaging accounts of the people and

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A Comprehensive, informative and highly readable introduction to the world of Michelangelo.

Part of an 10 book art history series, featuring some of the world's most well known and popular artists. Beautiful images allow the reader to see the various works that the artists created during the different stages of their lives. Engaging accounts of the people and inspiration behind some of the world's most famous paintings.

Books in the Essential Artist series include: Cezanne, Gaugiun, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Manet, Michelangelo, Picasso,Van Gogh, Rembrandt.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
The "Essential Artist" series comprises brief volumes about Picasso, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Michelangelo. The books focus on four aspects of each artist's life and work; the history and art of the period in which they lived; the artists' life circumstances; specific examples of their work; and what their influence has been over time. No artist works in a vacuum, and it is fascinating to be reminded how the political history of an era affected the artists and their work. The 1500s heralded a return to the classical ideals of the Greeks and Romans with an emphasis on independence of thought, realism, and a more naturalistic style of art. The period (1475—1564) when Michelangelo was alive is known as the High Renaissance and referred to as the beginning of modern history. Michelangelo was the original Renaissance Man. He was a sculptor, painter, and architect of genius. The Catholic Church and rich banking families commissioned much of his work. One of his greatest accomplishments was the painting of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome for Pope Julius II. This project took him almost four years to complete. A portion of that series of paintings, The Creation of Adam, is possibly one of the greatest icons of Western art, the hand of God giving life to Adam. His marble sculptures are some of his most remarkable works, notably David and The Pieta. Michelangelo's buildings still dominate Rome today. His sculpture and paintings are monumental milestones in Western art. This book includes more than 100 reproductions of Michelangelo's life and work. Reviewer: Kristin Harris
Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
British art historian Spence brings his expertise to this "Great Artists of the World" series, exploring each artist's life, vision, and influence in a busy format combining text and reproductions on white backgrounds. This volume introduces Michelangelo, born near Arezzo in 1475 during the High Renaissance. The talented young artist worked in several Italian cities, gaining commissions from wealthy patrons like the Medici family and princes of the Church. A true master, Michelangelo became painter, architect, poet, and, above all, a sculptor. Viewers can examine images of his most famous works—in sculpture, the magnificent David (Michelangelo was obsessed with the male human body), pale marble allegorical figures in the Medici chapel, and the intensely moving Pieta. As a painter, Michelangelo was acclaimed for his frescoes on the huge ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome; especially interesting are explanations of each and stories about the artist's labors from 1508 to 1512. (Unfortunately, reproductions of the breathtaking panels on the ceiling are too tiny for clarity, and text explaining the Last Judgement frescoes on the altar wall is garbled.) Several pages picture artists' tools (marble, chisels) and techniques (fresco, mixing pigments). Spence stresses Michelangelo's enduring influence—who hasn't seen his image of God's hand giving life to Adam? This series is a contraction in size of an earlier set—"Ticktock Essential Artists," 2009 ()—with added pages including Fascinating Facts, a timeline, artist quotations, analysis of one work (The Creation of Eve), lists of museums displaying Michelangelo's work, and a bibliography of books and websites. Though the unattractive hard covers make these volumes more durable for libraries, reduction in size has caused crowded pages, very small fonts, reproductions marred by tight gutters and, in this case, muddy colors. The extreme difference in price may also be a factor in deciding which series to purchase. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
VOYA - Sherrie Williams
Each book in this series provides an in-depth look at a major artist, emphasizing his or her best-known work, as well as the people and events that influenced those works. Each one- to two-page chapter begins with a paragraph of text, followed by four to six illustrations with detailed captions of several sentences. Each volume begins with a biography of the featured artist, as well as an introduction to his or her world and contemporaries. Several of each artist's most famous images are chosen for further discussion, with detailed illustrations and consideration of critic's views of the works during the artist's lifetime. There is extensive discussion of how the works can be interpreted, as well as an explanation of the methods employed to produce them. These short, profusely illustrated books provide a good introduction to the life and work of several major artists. The biographies and time lines, along with the summaries of each artist's most well-known works, make this series a good resource for reports. The books are well laid out and visually pleasing, with one notable exception: The captions for illustrations that make up the bulk of the books feature a significantly small font. Some readers may find it awkward to read this typeface, limiting the usefulness of a large portion of the text in the series. The benefits of the illustrations and the text beginning each chapter, however, are greater than the concerns with the visual appearance of the captions. (The Great Artists & Their World) Reviewer: Sherrie Williams

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846969799
Publisher:
Octopus Books
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Series:
Essential Artists Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

David Spence is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and a manager at the National Maritime Museum.

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