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    DescriptionA new biography of Michelangelo by Martin Gayford, the acclaimed author of Constable in Love and The Yellow House. There was an epic sweep to Michelangelo's life. At 31 he was considered the finest artist in Italy, perhaps the world; long before he died at almost 90 he was widely believed to be the greatest sculptor or painter who had ever lived (and, by his enemies, to be an arrogant, uncouth, swindling miser). For decade after decade, he worked near the dynamic centre of events: the vortex at which European history was changing from Renaissance to Counter Reformation. Few of his works - including the huge frescoes of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling, the marble giant David and the Last Judgment - were small or easy to accomplish. Like a hero of classical mythology - such as Hercules, whose statue Michelangelo carved in his youth - he was subject to constant trials and labours. In Michelangelo Martin Gayford describes what it felt like to be Michelangelo Buonarroti, and how he transformed forever our notion of what an artist could be. "An absorbing book, beautifully told and with the writer fully in command of a huge body of research". (Philip Hensher, Mail on Sunday). "It is a measure of [Michelangelo's] magnitude, and Gayford's skill in capturing it, that you finish this book wishing that Michelangelo had lived longer and created more". (Rachel Spence, FT). "One of our most distinguished writers on what makes modern artists tick...It is very difficult to cut through the thicket of generations of scholarship and say anything new about David, the Sistine Chapel, The Last Judgement, the Basilica of St Peter's or many of Michelangelo's other masterpieces, but Gayford manages to do so by encouraging us to think - and look - at both the obvious and the overlooked". (Sunday Telegraph). "Only the most ambitious biographer can take on the talent of Michelangelo Buonarroti". (The Times). Martin Gayford has been art critic of the Spectator and the Sunday Telegraph. He is currently Chief European art critic for Bloomberg. Among his publications are: The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles, The Penguin Book of Art Writing, of which he was co-editor, Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud, and contributions to many catalogues. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and two children.


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    Title
    Michelangelo
    Subtitle
    His Epic Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Martin Gayford
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 688
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 238 mm
    Thickness: 58 mm
    Weight: 1,620 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781905490547
    ISBN 10: 1905490542
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.2
    BIC E4L: ART
    BIC subject category V2: AGB, ACND
    Libri: ENGM1075, ENGM3500
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15840
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000
    Libri: MICH6000
    BISAC V2.8: ART016030, ART015080
    DC23: 709.2
    Thema V1.0: AGB, AGA
    Illustrations note
    integrated b&w
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Fig Tree
    Publication date
    07 November 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Martin Gayford has been art critic of the Spectator and the Sunday Telegraph. He is currently Chief European art critic for Bloomberg. Among his publications are: A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney, Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud, Constable in Love: Love, Landscape, Money and the Making of a Great Painter, The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles, The Penguin Book of Art Writing, of which he was co-editor, and contributions to many catalogues. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and two children.
    Review quote
    An absorbing book, beautifully told and with the writer fully in command of a huge body of research -- Philip Hensher Mail on Sunday One of our most distinguished writers on what makes modern artists tick ... It is very difficult to cut through the thicket of generations of scholarship and say anything new about David, the Sistine Chapel, The Last Judgement, the Basilica of St Peter's or many of Michelangelo's other masterpieces, but Gayford manages to do so by encouraging us to think - and look - at both the obvious and the overlooked Sunday Telegraph It is a measure of [Michelangelo's] magnitude, and Gayford's skill in capturing it, that you finish this book wishing that Michelangelo had lived longer and created more -- Rachel Spence FT Only the most ambitious biographer can take on the talent of Michelangelo Buonarroti The Times