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Michelangelo: Complete Works (XL Series) [Hardcover]

Frank Zollner , Christof Thoenes , Thomas Popper
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20 Nov 2007 XL Series
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. Sculptor, painter, architect, and poet, he brought such an unparalleled passion and unique style to his work that his imitators spawned a movement - Mannerism - in their quest to replicate his special touch. His crown achievement, the breathtaking paintings on the altar wall and ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, is seen by millions of visitors each year. 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 and work of Michelangelo in text and images; then the main body of the book presents his complete paintings, sculptures, drawings, and architectural plans. Gorgeous, full page reproductions and enlarged details bring readers up close to the works. This is the definitive volume about Michelangelo for generations to come.

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  • Hardcover: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH (20 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822830550
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822830550
  • Product Dimensions: 31.8 x 49.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 XI monograph on Leonardo da Vinci. 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 lecture 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.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michel Angelo Complete Works 7 Nov 2009
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Hello,

This is the most comprehensive, beautifully documented and printed book of this beloved Renaissance Master's work. It's complete with detailed photos and information you'd find only in a classroom. Included are rare works that are rarely seen and/or difficult to locate. I'm no scholar but it sure inspires me to be one. I can only imagine the amount of time, work and attention to detail required to piece this great book together.

Jeffrey
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stellar edition 14 Dec 2007
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This extra large format book represents the perfect companion volume to Leonardo Da Vinci also published by Taschen and similarly authored by Frank Zollner. The outstanding quality of both books pays a proper homage to these two titans of Renaissance.

In particular the book on Michelangelo, the subject of the review is a sumptuous edition, with stunning photographs of both whole works and their details and a comprehensive text.

With respect to structure, the first part concerns the life and work of Michelangelo in text and images while the main body of the book presents his complete paintings, sculpture, drawings, and architecrural designs.

This gem of a book will undoubtedly be the definitive volume on Michelangelo for years to come.

The book will grace your coffee table; the only snag is that it has to be substantial in size, otherwise it would be overwhelmed by this gigantic book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent buy 1 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover
If you are a fan of Michelangelo, this is a must buy ! The paintings are shown in detail and well indexed. The section dedicated to his sculptures is slightly limited - ie could have had some more pictures from different angles and not sure whether all of his sculptures are included. However I am not complaining! One word of caution though, this is a massive size collection - you need a relatively big coffee table to keep this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous 5 July 2011
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Format:Hardcover
The book is just amazing, the quality of the images, and the paper are fantastic. The book is big, but is perfect to have as the only book you put in a coffee table. They have another version with less pages, perfect ofr a nice gift.
The book resumes the all work of Migelangelo, painting, design, letters, sculpture (my favorite part), although is a bit difficult to read it, due the sizes and weight of the Book, but you just can sit in a big table and read it.
I'm very satisfied with my purchase, and I recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The real emphasis is on Michelangelo and the paintings for the Sistine chapel ..The section on Miichelangelo,s drawings is only fair as the author Popper leaves out many of Michelangelo,s most famous drawings and seems to doubt just about everything attributed to him and includes poor copies nevertheless .DRAWINGS OF A GENIUS by ACHIM GHAN is far better and TOLNAYS 4 VOLUME SET EVEN BETTER..I bought this book for the paintings mainly . and it is worth the price for these alone ..The section on MICHELANGELO,S Sculpture would not be adequate for those who are interested in sculpture as most of the reproductions are small and there are, not many details-.this huge tome is primarily for the painter and there is none better in my opinion
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