Michelangelo: His Epic Life

Michelangelo: His Epic Life

by Martin Gayford

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Overview

There was an epic sweep to Michelangelo's life. At 31 he 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 center 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 Judgmentwere small or easy to accomplish. Like a hero of classical mythology—such as Hercules, whose statue Michelangelo carved in his youth—he was subject to constant trials and labors. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780241299425
Publisher: Penguin UK
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Pages: 688
Sales rank: 1,247,452
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author


Martin Gayford is art critic for the Spectator. Among his publications are A Bigger Message, Man with a Blue Scarf, On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud, Constable in Love, and The Yellow House.

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