Michelangelo

Michelangelo : The Artist, the Man and his Times

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In this vividly written biography, William E. Wallace offers a new view of the artist. Not only a supremely gifted sculptor, painter, architect and poet, Michelangelo was also an aristocrat who firmly believed in the ancient, noble origins of his family. The belief in his patrician status fueled his lifelong ambition to improve his family's financial situation and to raise the social standing of artists. Michelangelo's ambitions are evident in his writing, dress and comportment, as well as in his ability to befriend, influence and occasionally say 'no' to popes, kings and princes. Written from the words of Michelangelo and his contemporaries, this biography not only tells his own stories, but also brings to life the culture and society of Renaissance Florence and Rome. Not since Irving Stone's novel The Agony and the Ecstasy has there been such a compelling and human portrayal of this remarkable yet credible human individual.show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text | 432 pages
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 10 b/w illus.
  • 1139142429
  • 9781139142427

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Review of the hardback: 'Immensely readable ... with many well-chosen quotations and overlooked facts which portray Michelangelo as a more rounded and less cliched character than has hitherto been understood.' The Art Newspapershow more

Table of contents

Part I. Introduction: Note to the reader; 1. Rome, 1496; 2. Aristocrat of artists; 3. Rise to prominence; 4. Papal summons; 5. Rome, 1508-1516; 6. Florence, 1515-1525; 7. A week in the life; 8. Florence, 1525-1534; Part II: 9. Rome, 1534-42; 10. Rome, 1542-45; 11. Papal architect, Rome, 1546-49; 12. New friends, diminishing family; 13. St Peter's; 14. Late work, long life; 15. Final years; 16. Return to Florence.show more

About William E. Wallace

An internationally recognized authority on Michelangelo, William E. Wallace is the Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor of Art History at Washington University, St Louis. He has received fellowships from Villa I Tatti, Harvard University's Center for Renaissance Studies in Florence, and the American Academy in Rome. The author of Michelangelo at San Lorenzo, he served as the principal consultant for The Divine Michelangelo, a two-part file produced by the BBC, and he recently completed a 36-lecture audiovisual course entitled 'The Genius of Michelangelo' for The Teaching Company.show more

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