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    Description"Il divino" is a glorious exploration of Michelangelo's complete works. Before reaching the tender age of thirty, Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) had already sculpted David and Pieta, two of the most famous sculptures in the entire history of art. Like fellow Florentine Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo was a shining star of the Renaissance and a genius of consummate virtuosity. His achievements as a sculptor, painter, draughtsman, and architect are unique - no artist before or after him has ever produced such a vast, multi-faceted, and wide-ranging oeuvre. Only a handful of other painters and sculptors have attained a comparable social status and enjoyed a similar artistic freedom. This is demonstrated not only by the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel but also by Michelangelo's monumental sculptures and his unconventional architectural designs, whose forms went far beyond the accepted vocabulary of his day. Such was his talent that Michelangelo was considered a demigod by his contemporaries and was the subject of two biographies during his lifetime. Adoration of this remarkable man's work has only increased on the intervening centuries. Following the success of our XL title "Leonardo da Vinci", Taschen brings you this massive tome that explores Michelangelo's life and work in more depth and detail than ever before. The first part concentrates on the life of Michelangelo via an extensive and copiously illustrated biographical essay; the main body of the book presents his work in four parts providing a complete analytical inventory of Michelangelo's paintings, sculptures, buildings and drawings. Grorgeous, full page reproductions and enlarged details bring readers up close to the works. This sumptuous tome also takes account, to a previously unseen extent, of Michelangelo's more personal traits and circumstances, such as his solitary nature, his thirst for money and commissions, his miserliness, his immense wealth, and his skill as a property investor. In addition, the book tackles the controversial issue of the attribution of Michelangelo drawings, an area in which decisions continue to be steered by the interests of the art market and the major collections. This is the definitive volume about Michelangelo for generations to come.


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    Title
    Michelangelo
    Subtitle
    Life and Work
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Frank Zöllner, By (author) Christof Thoenes, By (author) Thomas Poepper
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 388
    Width: 245 mm
    Height: 372 mm
    Thickness: 41 mm
    Weight: 3,252 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9783836521178
    ISBN 10: 3836521172
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    LC classification: N
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ART
    BIC subject category V2: AGB
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    BIC subject category V2: ACN
    DC22: 709.2
    BISAC V2.8: ART016030, ART015080
    Thema V1.0: AGB, AGA
    Edition
    30
    Edition statement
    30th
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations
    Publisher
    Taschen GmbH
    Imprint name
    Taschen GmbH
    Publication date
    20 May 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Cologne
    Author Information
    Thomas Popper wrote his doctoral theses on 15th century Italian Renaissance sculpture. He has been a fellow of the Bibliotheca Hertziana (Rome) and has worked as a curator for contemporary art at the Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landesmuseum. He taught at the Northern Institute of Technology and at the University of Hamburg. Since 2005 he has been a lecturer of art history at Leipzig University. Popper is the author of a range of publications on Italian Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art as well as on 19th and 20th century German painting and sculpture. Christof Thoenes studied art history in Berlin and Pavia, before completing his doctorate in Berlin. Thoenes lives in Rome, where for many years he has worked for the Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max-Planck-Institute), and is honorary professor in Hamburg. He has contributed to numerous publications on Italian art, particularly on architecture and architectural theory of the 15th to 18th centuries. Frank Zollner wrote his doctoral theses on artistic and architectural theory (1987) and Leonardo Da Vinci (1996). He has written numerous publications on the art and artistic theory of the Renaissance and on Paul Klee. Since 1996 he has been Professor of Renaissance and Modern Art at Leipzig University. He is also the author of TASCHEN's XL monograph on Leonardo da Vinci.