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Michelangelo: Volume 1: The Achievement of Fame, 1475-1534 [Hardcover]

Michael Hirst
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24 Jan 2012
This remarkable book is the first volume in what will be the definitive modern biography of Michelangelo. An illuminating study of Michelangelo's extraordinary career, it follows the artist from his apprenticeship in Ghirlandaio's workshop to his move to Rome in 1534, when, at the age of fifty-nine, he left behind his native Florence, never to return. During these years he created such outstanding works as the marble 'Pieta', the giant marble 'David' (commissioned for the cathedral in Florence), the Sistine Ceiling frescoes, and the new sacristy and library for the Medici family at San Lorenzo; he began the monumental tomb for Pope Julius II in Rome, and he became one of the most sought-after artists of the early sixteenth century. Written by the leading Michelangelo scholar, this prodigiously informative account benefits from recent archival discoveries and restorations, and is enriched by material from the long-awaited editions of the artist's correspondence and artistic contracts. The wealth of new information enables new light to be shed on the genesis of Michelangelo's works in sculpture, painting and architecture, and on his complex psychological relations with his family, friends and powerful patrons.

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (24 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300118619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300118612
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[A] meticulously researched and clearly presented account. The content is uniformly reliable and objectively reasoned. The ample and judicious bibliography and notes focus on documentation, making this work particularly useful for researchers. Publication of this authoritative reckoning of the artist's life and works is a significant event, and one greatly anticipates the next volume."--A.V./i>--A.V. Coonin "Choice "

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Michael Hirst is emeritus professor of history of art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Carving out a reputation 4 Jun 2012
By Lynn
This review appeared in The Tablet on 31 March 2012 Michelangelo: Volume 1: The Achievement of Fame, 1475-1534

Michelangelo, like his older contemporary and rival, Leonardo, is such a gigantic figure of the imagination - towering over the late Renaissance, producing sculptures and poetry, designing buildings, covering yards of ceiling and wall with breath-taking frescoes - that he has attained a mythic status. The story of the Holy Roman Emperor stooping to pick up a paintbrush for Titian expresses the metamorphosis of the artist from mediaeval artisan to creative genius, but it is probably Michelangelo whom we see as personifying the newly intransigent artistic prodigy, intensely productive, his life littered with abandoned projects, at odds with patrons and peers as he creates work after matchless work.
He had a long life, dying at 89, and this first volume of Michael Hirst's biography follows him to his final departure from Florence to Rome in 1534, when he still had thirty years before him. Like the man, it is a titanic production: the sort of book which is described as magisterial, and which - when you consider the number of words generated by and about Michelangelo - is an almost miraculously compact summarizing and ordering of a vast and baggy literature.
Hirst has drawn into a coherent thread all the information revealed in letters by and to the artist, his contracts, and his Ricordi (detailing his financial life).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 14 Feb 2014
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Michelangelo did not become famous by accident and talent alone. The man created an image for himself. This the story of one the greatest artists in the history of art!
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for Volume 2 10 Feb 2014
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Excellent biography and book is well constructed and has nice illustations. I am eagerly awaiting vol. 2. to place in my library
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