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Michelangelo : his life, work and times

Author: Linda Murray; Michelangelo Buonarroti
Publisher: New York : Thames and Hudson, 1984.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Michelangelo Buonarroti lived for nearly ninety years, from 1475 to 1564. His noble if irascible character, his passionate friendships and ingrained mistrust of others--and of his own emotions--make his life perhaps the most fascinating of any known to us from the sixteenth century. His contemporaries recognized his stature well enough for Ariosto to call him "Michael, more than human, Angel divine," and for two  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Michelangelo Buonarroti; Michelangelo Buonarroti
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Linda Murray; Michelangelo Buonarroti
ISBN: 0500013152 9780500013151
OCLC Number: 11256285
Notes: "259 illustrations, 43 in color"--title page.
Description: 240 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
Contents: Apprentice and master, 1475-1505 --
Julius II, 1505-1516 --
S. Lorenzo, 1516-1534 --
Last judgment, 1532-1547 --
St. Peter's, 1547-1564.
Responsibility: Linda Murray.

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Michelangelo Buonarroti lived for nearly ninety years, from 1475 to 1564. His noble if irascible character, his passionate friendships and ingrained mistrust of others--and of his own emotions--make his life perhaps the most fascinating of any known to us from the sixteenth century. His contemporaries recognized his stature well enough for Ariosto to call him "Michael, more than human, Angel divine," and for two biographies to be published in his own lifetime. Linda Murray, in this new biographical study, presents the man, his art and his world in compelling detail. The prime documents of an artist's life, of course, are the works. Linda Murray traces their genesis in the written record, and they are described and illustrated within the setting of the society he knew and the people with whom he lived his life. His few close attachments, his often stormy working relationships, and his devotion to his undeserving family (who regarded him as a rich relation in a disreputable trade), are known through his own letters and poems--Michelangelo would be a major writer even if he had not been a supreme architect, sculptor and painter--and through the words of friends, relatives, rivals and patrons. Michelangelo's own contracts and other memoranda are evidence in themselves of the energy and artistic ambition of a man who took on more work than even he could ever have hoped to do; and the early biographers, Vasari and Condivi, although they must be interpreted with care, often provide the most vital documents of all: the recollections of Michelangelo himself. -- Inside jacket flap.

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