Michelangelo's Double Self-Portraits

Michelangelo's Double Self-Portraits

by Edith Balas


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887484179
Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2004
Series: Art/Criticism Ser.
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

EDITH BALAS has been Professor of Art History at Carnegie Mellon University for the past twenty-seven years, as well as Research Associate at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to more than twenty articles in American and European journals, her publications include Brancusi and the Romanian Folk Tradition (East European Monographs, 1987; also available in Romanian translation), Michelangelo's Medici Chapel: A New Interpretation (American Philosophical Society, 1995), Joseph Csáky, a Pioneer of Modern Sculpture (American Philosophical Society, 1998), The Holocaust in the Painting of Valentin Lustig (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2002), The Mother Goddess in Italian Renaissance Art (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2002), The Early Work of Henry Koerner (Frick Art & Historical Center 2003). Dr. Balas has curated a number of exhibitions at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, and the Frick Art & Historical Center.

Table of Contents

List of Figures • Preface • Introduction • Part I: The Victory • Part II: The Conversion of Paul • Select Bibliography • Appendix 1: Letters of Michelangelo to and about Tommaso de’ Cavalieri • Appendix 2: Michelangelo’s sonnets for Tommaso de’ Cavalieri • Appendix 3: Letters and madrigals to Vittoria Colonna • Index

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David Summers

“Edith Balas's work is characterized by a high degree of inventiveness and by a willingness to look at old problems in new ways and do the careful labor of working through previous scholarship (which for Michelangelo is always daunting) in order to give her insights a firm scholarly foundation.”

William E. Wallace

“Edith Balas—a scholar in a respected tradition of iconographic analysis and textual exegesis—has written a provocative essay about an artist who supposedly made no portraits.”

David Wilkins

“Edith Balas uses this examination of self-portraiture to examine how Michelangelo's attitudes changed over time. In addition, she is able to interweave these self-examinations into the philosophical and religious developments of the day. Thus the self-portraits she has identified offer important new insights into the world that surrounded, supported, inspired, and ultimately frustrated Michelangelo.”

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