Michelangelo

Michelangelo

by Diane Stanley

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Overview

When he was born, Michelangelo Buonarroti was put into the care of a stonecutter's family. He often said it was from them that he got his love of sculpture. It certainly didn't come from his own father, a respectable magistrate who beat his son when he asked to become an artists apprentice.

But Michelangelo persevered. His early sculptures caught the attention of Florence's great ruler, Lorenzo de' Medici, who invited the boy to be educated with his own sons. Soon after, Michelangelo was astonishing people with the lifelike creations he wrested from marble—from the heartbreaking Pieta he sculpted when he was only twenty-five to the majestic David that brought him acclaim as the greatest sculptor in Italy.

Michelangelo had a turbulent, quarrelsome life. He was obsessed with perfection and felt that everyone—from family members to his demanding patrons—took advantage and let him down. His long and difficult association with Pope Julius II yielded his greatest masterpiece, the radiant paintings in the Sistine Chapel, and his most disastrous undertaking, the monumental tomb that caused the artist frustration and heartache for forty years.

With her thoroughly researched, lively narrative and superbly detailed illustrations, Diane Stanley has captured the life of an artist who towered above the late Renaissance—and whose brilliance in architecture, painting, and sculpture amazes and moves us to this day.

Children's Books 2000-NY Public Lib., Books for Youth Editor's Choice 2000 (Booklist), Lasting Connections 2000 (Book Links), Best Books 2000 (School Library Journal), Top 10 Youth Art Books 2000 (Booklist), and Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies 2001, National Council for SS & Child. Book Council

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060521134
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/13/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 288,399
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.00(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Diane Stanley is the author and illustrator of beloved books for young readers, including The Silver Bowl, which received three starred reviews, was named a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews and Book Links Lasting Connections, and was an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice; The Cup and the Crown; Saving Sky, winner of the Arab American Museum's Arab American Book Award and a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year; Bella at Midnight, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice; The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy; The Mysterious Matter of I. M. Fine; and A Time Apart. Well known as the author and illustrator of award-winning picture-book biographies, she is the recipient of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children and the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work.

Ms. Stanley has also written and illustrated numerous picture books, including three creatively reimagined fairy tales: The Giant and the Beanstalk, Goldie and the Three Bears, and Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. dianestanleybooks.com.


Diane Stanley is the author and illustrator of beloved books for young readers, including The Silver Bowl, which received three starred reviews, was named a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews and Book Links Lasting Connections, and was an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice; The Cup and the Crown; Saving Sky, winner of the Arab American Museum's Arab American Book Award and a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year; Bella at Midnight, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice; The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy; The Mysterious Matter of I. M. Fine; and A Time Apart. Well known as the author and illustrator of award-winning picture-book biographies, she is the recipient of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children and the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work.

Ms. Stanley has also written and illustrated numerous picture books, including three creatively reimagined fairy tales: The Giant and the Beanstalk, Goldie and the Three Bears, and Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. dianestanleybooks.com.

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Michelangelo 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
hwallen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Discover the fascinating world of the man who painted the Sistene chapel, but also learn all of the other famous art works that he did so many of you may not be aware of. The story of the lonel, grumpy artist who was often hard to please, yet was so brilliant and educated. This is helpful for teaching art, history, and instructing children on the differences and personalities in others.
DebbieMcCauley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Diane Stanley¿s book reads almost like a work of fiction. She has woven a flowing story about Michelangelo who created some of humankind¿s most beautiful works of art during the Italian Renaissance in 15th and 16th century. This includes the sculpture of David `Michelangelo had chosen the perfect subject to show off his remarkable skills - the young David, in a moment of intense concentration, about to do battle with Goliath¿ (Stanley, 2000, p. 19) and the paintings inside the Sistine Chapel `For the next four years, he spent all his waking hours more than sixty feet up in the air¿ (Stanley, 2000, p.29). Her authority to write on this topic can be seen from the other beautifully executed biographies she has produced on Leonardo da Vinci and Joan of Arc. `In many ways non-fiction books require more skills to produce than does fiction¿ (Saxby & Winch, 1994, p. 257). Michelangelo was born on 6 March 1475 and as a young child raised by a nurse in the village of stonecutters `the infant Michelangelo fell asleep to the odd lullaby of chisel striking stone¿ (Stanley, 2000, p. 4). At the age of thirteen he begged his father to become a lowly artist's apprentice `Lodovico tried beating some sense into the boy, but Michelangelo would not give up¿ (Stanley, 2000, p. 7). Later the ruler of Venice, Lorenzo Medici, recognised his talent and brought him to live with him as his own son and Michelangelo was `suddenly thrown into the midst of the Medici circle, where poetry, science, philosophy, and art were subjects of dinner table conversation (Stanley, 2000, p. 11). Other historical events are interwoven with the story. `In April 1492, just a few months before his fellow Italian Christopher Columbus set sail from Spain and found a New World, Lorenzo de¿ Medici died¿ (Stanley, 2000, p. 13). She explores other facts, such as Michelangelo spending hours dissecting bodies at the local morgue in order to perfect his representation of the human body in his art. `It was there that he gained his astonishing power to bring forth life from a block of stone¿ (Stanley, 2000, p. 13).Inside the book there is an Authors note on Michelangelo and the Renaissance. `He would tower over the last years of the Renaissance, not merely shining in one of the arts - painting, sculpture, or architecture - but mastering all three¿ (Stanley, 2000, p. 2). Opposite the author¿s note is a beautiful historical map of Italy. The vivid blue of the sea and green of the land is visually appealing. Inside the front cover is the following synopsis `Michelangelo had a turbulent, quarrelsome life. He was obsessed with perfection and felt that everyone - from family members to his demanding patrons - took advantage and let him down¿.This edition is in a durable hardcover and the cover illustration that Diane Stanley has created is what first attracted me to the book. I wasn¿t disappointed when I looked inside. The illustrations are beautifully created. She combines photographs of Michelangelo¿s true artwork with her own paintings using watercolours, coloured pencil, and gouache creating a true visual background to the story. The full page pictures always relate to the story being told and the pages of text are decorated with period coins, coats of arms, stonecutting tools, portraits, sketches and reproductions. The book seems quite well researched with twelve works listed in the bibliography and permissions provided. There is excellent use of white area and ample margins with the font and font size being clear and easy to read. The height of the book is A4 with the width being slightly wider making it a very nice picture book size. I chose this book because Michelangelo is a curriculum topic at the school where I work and sourcing good children¿s books on this topic has been difficult due to the poor appeal of those available. The disappointments with this book are mainly that there are no page numbers, no index, no contents page, no pronunciation guide, n
skc004 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book takes the reader through the life of Michelangelo Buonarroti from when he starts out in a stonecutter's home to how he studied the human body in order to replicate it's perfection. This story captures the intensity of his life and the great works of art that he created during his lifetime.
momma2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great biography story book from Diane Stanley. This is not just a compilation of facts about the artist but rather a the actual story of his life. An enjoyable and educational read.
DarlenesBookNook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book aloud to my daughters.The book is beautifully illustrated, and it provided just enough biographical information to make it suitable for young listeners.We plan to read more of Stanley's biographies.
love2educate More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. My four year old loved it. She enjoys having us read this to her over and over again. It prompted her to ask many questions which I feel is great. I would definately purchase this again.