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Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces Kindle Edition
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This isn’t a scholarly work and takes nothing for granted as it sets the scene of Michelangelo’s life in fifteenth century Florence and Rome, sketching in the cultural background with a light hand.
Unger’s readings of the art works themselves are the centre of the book: they’re not always the most sophisticated but that's what makes them accessible and, again, seem targeted at a popular general audience.
Recommended for anyone wanting a deeper insight into the man through his art, this would be an ideal companion to an art holiday in Italy.
(This review is from an ARC courtesy of the publisher)
There is no person who at least knows something about the art which at same time didn’t hear of Michelangelo and his works in various fields, not only the art - Michelangelo was innovator, engineer, architect, poet, painter and sculptor who lived during the Renaissance.
Although it is difficult to single out not one, but several his best works, however when his name is mentioned, usually two associations would be his ceiling painting of the Sistine Chapel and Pietà sculpture in St Peter’s Basilica, both in Rome.
Miles J. Unger chose an interesting way to talk about the life of this genius (though in same time mostly difficult man to be near) who has marked more than one historical epoch, discussing six of his key works in the appropriately titled chapters – Pietà, The Giant, Creation, The Dead, The End of Time and Basilica.Read more ›
He was doubly cursed; he lived in interesting times, and was an interesting character. Michelangelo’s greatest achievement was to fuse the artist and his work. That is a huge transition point, centered on Michelangelo in this warts and all biography. Because in addition to taking art in a whole new direction, complementing rather than being subservient to religion, Michelangelo turns out to be arrogant, obnoxious, self-centered, narcissistic, antisocial, overbearing and uncaring about any of it. Despite it all, he was the first superstar of art.
He never married, and there were of course questions about his sexual preferences, what with all those nude males he clearly preferred. He deflected them all by saying his art was all the wife he could handle. Later in life, he risked having close relationships with younger men. He was a drama queen; his favorite tactic was to threaten to quit unless he got everything he wanted. And he quit often anyway. He was a notorious abandoner, starting projects and never completing them. There are far more of them than completed works.
Despite abusing his body with little food, minimal rest, and zero care, he lived into his eighties. He outlived nine popes, and worked with five of them.Read more ›
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