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The Lost Battles: Leonardo, Michelangelo and the Artistic Duel that Defined the Renaissance Mass Market Paperback – 31 Mar 2011

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (31 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416526056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416526056
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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"Fascinating, revelatory, often daring . . . a wonderful guide to this dramatic moment of history. The most rewarding parts of the book are [Jones's] bold and often persuasive speculations about the ways in which the works of the two contentious heroes speak to each other."
--"The Barnes and Noble Review"

"Recreates for us the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of 16th century Florence . . . engaging and informative . . . not just for historians or art aficionados . . . illuminated but not overwhelmed by accurate historical detail that compellingly creates the world the two antagonists inhabited, replete with a cast of interesting and colorful supporting characters . . . [and] that propels us as surely as any well written novel, straight through to the final page."
--"New York Journal of Books"

"A portrait of two geniuses continually trying to outdo each other . . . a scholarly work . . . recommended for students of art history as well as the general reader interested in these two Renaissance masters."
--"Library Journal"

"Energetic, fast-paced . . . dazzling . . .
Jones' study of this little discussed competition illustrates the ways that these two great artists competed to assert their imaginations and personalities, giving birth to the Renaissance idea of the artist as godlike creator rather than mere artisan reshaping existing materials."
--"Publishers Weekly"

"There is a wealth of information about da Vinci and Michelangelo, and Jones skillfully harvests the best, amusing with his delightful asides and enlightening with his erudite opinions. . . . Art lovers, Renaissance junkies and even travelers will love this book, which brings these two geniuses to vivid life."
--"Kirkus" (starred review)

"Vibrant . . . sparing neither the two artists, nor Florence, their quirks of character. They are flanked by a vivid parade of supporting characters . . . delightful."
--"The American Scholar"
"Everyone loves an artist-rivalry . . . Jones adds recent research and an abundance of storytelling verve to his telling."
--"ArtInfo, " "Modern Art Notes' best books of 2012"
"Intricate . . . provocative."
--"The Wall Street Journal"
"Fascinating, revelatory, often daring . . . a wonderful guide to this dramatic moment of history. The most rewarding parts of the book are [Jones's] bold and often persuasive speculations about the ways in which the works of the two contentious heroes speak to each other."
--"The Barnes and Noble Review"
"Recreates for us the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of 16th century Florence . . . engaging and informative . . . not just for historians or art aficionados . . . illuminated but not overwhelmed by accurate historical detail that compellingly creates the world the two antagonists inhabited, replete with a cast of interesting and colorful supporting characters . . . [and] that propels us as surely as any well written novel, straight through to the final page."
--"New York Journal of Books"
"A portrait of two geniuses continually trying to outdo each other . . . a scholarly work . . . recommended for students of art history as well as the general reader interested in these two Renaissance masters."
--"Library Journal"
"Energetic, fast-paced . . . dazzling . . .
Jones' study of this little discussed competition illustrates the ways that these two great artists competed to assert their imaginations and personalities, giving birth to the Renaissance idea of the artist as godlike creator rather than mere artisan reshaping existing materials."
--"Publishers Weekly"
"There is a wealth of information about da Vinci and Michelangelo, and Jones skillfully harvests the best, am

"Perceptively renders the competition between Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo . . . in this far-ranging account of their rivalry, Jones evokes also a period, a place and the ideas that shaped both men and their times . . . an informative celebration of two competing geniuses."
--"Richmond Times-Dispatch"
"Vibrant . . . sparing neither the two artists, nor Florence, their quirks of character. They are flanked by a vivid parade of supporting characters . . . delightful."
--"The American Scholar"
"Everyone loves an artist-rivalry . . . Jones adds recent research and an abundance of storytelling verve to his telling."
--"ArtInfo, " "Modern Art Notes' best books of 2012"
"Intricate . . . provocative."
--"The Wall Street Journal"
"Fascinating, revelatory, often daring . . . a wonderful guide to this dramatic moment of history. The most rewarding parts of the book are [Jones's] bold and often persuasive speculations about the ways in which the works of the two contentious heroes speak to each other."
--"The Barnes and Noble Review"
"Recreates for us the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of 16th century Florence . . . engaging and informative . . . not just for historians or art aficionados . . . illuminated but not overwhelmed by accurate historical detail that compellingly creates the world the two antagonists inhabited, replete with a cast of interesting and colorful supporting characters . . . [and] that propels us as surely as any well written novel, straight through to the final page."
--"New York Journal of Books"
"A portrait of two geniuses continually trying to outdo each other . . . a scholarly work . . . recommended for students of art history as well as the general reader interested in these two Renaissance masters."
--"Library Journal"
"Energetic, fast-paced . . . dazzling . . .
Jones' study of this little discussed competition illustrates the ways that these two great artists compet

"A page turner . . . well-argued and well-informed . . . infinitely accessible for the general reader . . . bold, provocative."
--"Los Angeles Review of Books"
"Perceptively renders the competition between Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo . . . in this far-ranging account of their rivalry, Jones evokes also a period, a place and the ideas that shaped both men and their times . . . an informative celebration of two competing geniuses."
--"Richmond Times-Dispatch"
"Vibrant . . . sparing neither the two artists, nor Florence, their quirks of character. They are flanked by a vivid parade of supporting characters . . . delightful."
--"The American Scholar"
"Everyone loves an artist-rivalry . . . Jones adds recent research and an abundance of storytelling verve to his telling."
--"ArtInfo, " "Modern Art Notes' best books of 2012"
"Intricate . . . provocative."
--"The Wall Street Journal"
"Fascinating, revelatory, often daring . . . a wonderful guide to this dramatic moment of history. The most rewarding parts of the book are [Jones's] bold and often persuasive speculations about the ways in which the works of the two contentious heroes speak to each other."
--"The Barnes and Noble Review"
"Recreates for us the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of 16th century Florence . . . engaging and informative . . . not just for historians or art aficionados . . . illuminated but not overwhelmed by accurate historical detail that compellingly creates the world the two antagonists inhabited, replete with a cast of interesting and colorful supporting characters . . . [and] that propels us as surely as any well written novel, straight through to the final page."
--"New York Journal of Books"
"A portrait of two geniuses continually trying to outdo each other . . . a scholarly work . . . recommended for students of art history as well as the general reader interested in these two Renaissance masters."
--"Library

"An informative celebration of two competing geniuses."
--"Richmond Times-Dispatch"

"An intricate plot . . . [with] provocative ideas." --"The Wall Street Journal"
" "
"Thrilling . . . Written with a novelist's sense of pace." --"The Independent" (London)

"Fascinating, revelatory and often daring. . . . Jones makes a wonderful guide to this dramatic moment of history." --"Christian Science Monitor"

"Art lovers, Renaissance junkies, and even travelers will love this book."--"Kirkus Reviews "(starred)

"Delightful. . . . Vibrant . . . Sparing neither the two artists, nor Florence, their quirks of character. They are flanked by a vivid parade of supporting characters."
--"The American Scholar
"
"Energetic, fast-paced . . . [and] dazzling."
--"Publishers Weekly
"
"[Jones] recreates for us the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of 16th century Florence.... [And] compellingly creates the world the two antagonists inhabited, replete with a cast of interesting and colorful supporting characters. . . . That propels us as surely as any well written novel, straight through to the final page."
--"New York Journal of Books
"
"There is sensuous finesse in Jones's descriptions."
--"The Observer
"
""The Lost Battles ". . . reanimates the giddy heights of the Renaissance through its evocation of a mighty scrap between Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo."
--"The Daily Telegraph"

A "Modern Art Notes" Best Book of the Year

"An informative celebration of two competing geniuses."
--"Richmond Times-Dispatch"

"An intricate plot . . . [with] provocative ideas." --"The Wall Street Journal"
" "
"Thrilling . . . Written with a novelist's sense of pace." --"The Independent" (London)

"Fascinating, revelatory and often daring. . . . Jones makes a wonderful guide to this dramatic moment of history." --"Christian Science Monitor"

"Art lovers, Renaissance junkies, and even travelers will love this book."--"Kirkus Reviews "(starred)

"Delightful. . . . Vibrant . . . Sparing neither the two artists, nor Florence, their quirks of character. They are flanked by a vivid parade of supporting characters."
--"The American Scholar
"
"Energetic, fast-paced . . . [and] dazzling."
--"Publishers Weekly
"
"[Jones] recreates for us the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of 16th century Florence.... [And] compellingly creates the world the two antagonists inhabited, replete with a cast of interesting and colorful supporting characters. . . . That propels us as surely as any well written novel, straight through to the final page."
--"New York Journal of Books
"
"There is sensuous finesse in Jones's descriptions."
--"The Observer
"
""The Lost Battles ". . . reanimates the giddy heights of the Renaissance through its evocation of a mighty scrap between Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo."
--"The Daily Telegraph"

A "Modern Art Notes" Best Book of the Year
An informative celebration of two competing geniuses.
"Richmond Times-Dispatch"
An intricate plot . . . [with] provocative ideas. "The Wall Street Journal"
""
Thrilling . . . Written with a novelist s sense of pace. "The Independent" (London)
Fascinating, revelatory and often daring. . . . Jones makes a wonderful guide to this dramatic moment of history. "Christian Science Monitor"
Art lovers, Renaissance junkies, and even travelers will love this book. "Kirkus Reviews "(starred)
Delightful. . . . Vibrant . . . Sparing neither the two artists, nor Florence, their quirks of character. They are flanked by a vivid parade of supporting characters.
"The American Scholar
"
Energetic, fast-paced . . . [and] dazzling.
"Publishers Weekly
"
[Jones] recreates for us the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of 16th century Florence.... [And] compellingly creates the world the two antagonists inhabited, replete with a cast of interesting and colorful supporting characters. . . . That propels us as surely as any well written novel, straight through to the final page.
"New York Journal of Books
"
There is sensuous finesse in Jones's descriptions.
"The Observer
"
"The Lost Battles ." . . reanimates the giddy heights of the Renaissance through its evocation of a mighty scrap between Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.
"The Daily Telegraph""

A Modern Art Notes Best Book of the Year

An informative celebration of two competing geniuses.
Richmond Times-Dispatch
An intricate plot . . . [with] provocative ideas. The Wall Street Journal

Thrilling . . . Written with a novelist s sense of pace. The Independent (London)
Fascinating, revelatory and often daring. . . . Jones makes a wonderful guide to this dramatic moment of history. Christian Science Monitor
Art lovers, Renaissance junkies, and even travelers will love this book. Kirkus Reviews (starred)
Delightful. . . . Vibrant . . . Sparing neither the two artists, nor Florence, their quirks of character. They are flanked by a vivid parade of supporting characters.
The American Scholar

Energetic, fast-paced . . . [and] dazzling.
Publishers Weekly

[Jones] recreates for us the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of 16th century Florence.... [And] compellingly creates the world the two antagonists inhabited, replete with a cast of interesting and colorful supporting characters. . . . That propels us as surely as any well written novel, straight through to the final page.
New York Journal of Books

There is sensuous finesse in Jones's descriptions.
The Observer

The Lost Battles . . . reanimates the giddy heights of the Renaissance through its evocation of a mighty scrap between Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.
The Daily Telegraph

" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jonathan Jones is the art critic of the Guardian. He appears in the BBC television series Private Life of a Masterpiece and gives talks at the Tate and other galleries. In 2009 he was a judge for the Turner Prize. Jonathan lives in London with his wife and daughter.


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