This is a wonderful biography. It is vivid and enthralling and will appeal to a wide range of readers. I finished reading it a week ago and cannot stop thinking about it. I cannot wait to get back to Florence and to Rome!
This latest biography of Michelangelo is well-written and highly accessible to the common reader. Though there are not a whole lot of surprises here, it is well-researched. Gayford has done his homework, both with the works of art themselves and attendant secondary scholarship. Having read his "Man with a Blue Scarf" I have now become a fan. I plan to read the rest of his oeuvre.
Only just received this beautiful book, so not read it yet, but it arrived promptly as always, and more importantly looks to be great value, in terms of both size and content. Can't wait to get stuck in !
This is a first-rate buy. It is written in a lively style that makes you want to get back to it as soon as possible. It mentions many fascinating aspects of the renaissance, which may point readers in new directions, and it is beautifully produced with fabulous illustrations (I like the red capital letters at the start of chapters.) This is a book you want on your shelf, not on your Kindle (in my humble opinion). Wonderful stuff - more please!
What a magical book! Surely no one can ever write about Michalangelo's life after this book. I find it hard to express the pleasure it has given me. And will give me in the future - I will most certainly read it again.
This a wonderful read. Michelangelo seemed an unapproachable god-like figure before I read this book but now I see the real warm human being walking through the streets of Florence and Rome facing frustration after frustration but over coming the annoyances of popes and princes with his wonderful genius. All he wanted was to chisel the figues out of the marble and to prove the status of his rather difficult family . Well just read it and you won't be able to put it d own!p