Michelangelo His Epic Life At thirty one Michelangelo was considered the finest artist in Italy perhaps the world long before he died at almost he was widely believed to be the greatest sculptor or painter who had ever liv

  • Title: Michelangelo: His Epic Life
  • Author: Martin Gayford
  • ISBN: 9780141932255
  • Page: 135
  • Format: eBook Kindle
  • At thirty one, Michelangelo was considered the finest artist in Italy, perhaps the world long before he died at almost 90 he was widely believed to be the greatest sculptor or painter who had ever lived and, by his enemies, to be an arrogant, uncouth, swindling miser.For decade after decade, he worked near the dynamic centre of events the vortex at which European histoAt thirty one, Michelangelo was considered the finest artist in Italy, perhaps the world long before he died at almost 90 he was widely believed to be the greatest sculptor or painter who had ever lived and, by his enemies, to be an arrogant, uncouth, swindling miser.For decade after decade, he worked near the dynamic centre of events the vortex at which European history was changing from Renaissance to Counter Reformation Few of his works including the huge frescoes of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling, the marble giant David and the Last Judgment were small or easy to accomplish Like a hero of classical mythology such as Hercules, whose statue he carved in his youth he was subject to constant trials and labours.In Michelangelo Martin Gayford describes what it felt like to be Michelangelo Buonarroti, and how he transformed forever our notion of what an artist could be.

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    1. Michelangelo: An Epic Life by Martin Gayford is an insightful and objective portrait of one of the greatest artists. We are taken into the heart of 15-16th century Florence, the backdrop to one of the biggest cultural revolutions and to the genius of a man who was one of those who made Renaissance what it was. Written more like a story, we are given an in-depth look into Michelangelo’s insecurities and triumphs; his jealousies and fears, as he was living and working in a time marked by wars an [...]

    2. Don't even think of reading this in non-color electronic form--illustrations are stunning. Out-damn-standing. Seamlessly weaves the politics and art of 15-16th Cent. Italy. My sole complaint is unusual for me--I would have preferred a bit more art on top of the politics. Still, that's a trifle.

    3. I was absolutely shocked at the amount of 5-star reviews this book received everywhere. I gave up after a short while as the book is just painful to read/make sense of. The author jumps around in a bizarre erratic fashion, not only from fact to fact, but from various ages in the artist's life. One moment he's describing something from the teenage years, the next he goes off on a completely random tangent into something not even remotely related, and jumps ahead into the artist's later years. Wri [...]

    4. A very well written biography of one of the most complex and free-spirited artists ever to have lived. Michelangelo's long life allows us to look closely into the Renaissance, its cultural, political and religious aspects all intertwined. This is Florence, Rome; this is the time of the nepotistic and corrupt papacies, the aristocrats turned patrons of the arts; the struggle for power over Europe between the royal houses and the Vatican; this is, specially, a time that called for reform within th [...]

    5. I was surprisingly (because of the great reviews) disappointed. I found it a bit dull--all of the discussion of deadlines and promises broken, etc. I also found it strange that Gayford would sometimes make critiques of the work that sounded like he didn't like it but then would refer to it as a great work.

    6. Probably, the best biography I have ever read. It is very fluid and always put the particular facts in a more broad and historic perspective.

    7. I bought and read this on my Kindle and it was immediately obvious I should have got a paper copy instead. Not so much for the pictures and photos, which are in effect best viewed in the near to perfect HD electronic format than on paper, but because the last 25% of the book (which is overall 800 or so pages long!) is taken by lists and lists of Bibliography, exhibition catalogues, and numerous Notes and References, all referred to in form of clickable links throughout the other 75% of the book, [...]

    8. this was a good read at the beginning but once you get at the half way point of this book it becomes very repetitive and the author has no way on making it more interesting

    9. Enjoyed this book immensely. One can only come away with sympathy for a fellow artist who time and again imagined grand designs and was thwarted by a mixture of politics and his own limits. The mind boggles at the lengths he would go to realize his vision and yet notice how few of his works he managed to fully complete. This biography offers a glimpse into the mind and world that made the epic work of Michelangelo possible and impossible. The drawings, paintings, buildings, sculptures and fragme [...]

    10. Overall, this is an impressive book covering the life of Michelangelo. It is apparent that the author put a lot of effort into researching the artist, including reviewing letters between Michelangelo and his friends and family. Also, I thought the author did a good job of setting the story within the historical context and events that were happening during the time period. This was the first book I have read on Michelangelo and I enjoyed it.

    11. A remarkable history of a man, an artist who had left an incredible impact on the Western world. The history of Italy and Europe as well as the Papacy of the Catholic Church plays so much into the output of this innovator from the 16th century. A must read for both the art and history lover!

    12. voy en la página 240 y si te gustan las obras de Miguel ángel tienes que leer este libro, es precioso, detallado!! puedes imaginarte su vida perfectamente y sentirte a un lado de él!

    13. Straightforward but intelligent and informed biography of the world's greatest visual artist, well sourced and well-imagined.

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