The Achievement of Fame, 1475-1534

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This remarkable book is the first of two volumes 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 final move to Rome in 1534, when, at the age of 59, he left behind his native Florence, never to return. During these years he created such outstanding works as the marble Piet#65533; , 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 16th 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 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.

Publisher: New Haven [Conn.] ;, London :, Yale University Press,, 2012.
ISBN: 9780300118612
Branch Call Number: 709.2 M6234H
Characteristics: x, 438 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Michelangelo Buonarroti 1475-1564.
Alternative Title: Achievement of fame, 1475-1534


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May 19, 2019

Born (1475) in Tuscany, Italy - Michelangelo is not only unanimously regarded as being the greatest artist of the Renaissance period - But, he is also considered to be the greatest artist of all time.

Michelangelo was an enigmatic individual and a giant artistic force who must've been a literal workaholic judging by the overall scope of his output.

Impressively compiled by British art historian, Michael Hirst - This glossy volume of 438 pages is an informative pictorial presentation looking at both the life and career of the all-time reigning master, Michelangelo.

*Note* - In 1564 - Michelangelo (89 at the time) died of serious illness.


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