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The Artist, the Man and his Times


  • Date Published: October 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107673694

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  • In this vividly written biography, William E. Wallace offers a new view of the artist. Not only a supremely gifted sculptor, painter, architect and poet, Michelangelo was also an aristocrat who firmly believed in the ancient, noble origins of his family. The belief in his patrician status fueled his lifelong ambition to improve his family's financial situation and to raise the social standing of artists. Michelangelo's ambitions are evident in his writing, dress and comportment, as well as in his ability to befriend, influence and occasionally say 'no' to popes, kings and princes. Written from the words of Michelangelo and his contemporaries, this biography not only tells his own stories, but also brings to life the culture and society of Renaissance Florence and Rome. Not since Irving Stone's novel The Agony and the Ecstasy has there been such a compelling and human portrayal of this remarkable yet credible human individual.

    • Presents a new view of Michelangelo as both artist and aristocrat
    • Gives readers a clear sense of Michelangelo and his times, among family, friends, popes and patrons
    • Written from the words of Michelangelo and his contemporaries, using letters that have not been translated or used in previous studies
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: 'Immensely readable … with many well-chosen quotations and overlooked facts which portray Michelangelo as a more rounded and less clichéd character than has hitherto been understood.' The Art Newspaper

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107673694
    • length: 424 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction: Note to the reader
    1. Rome, 1496
    2. Aristocrat of artists
    3. Rise to prominence
    4. Papal summons
    5. Rome, 1508–1516
    6. Florence, 1515–1525
    7. A week in the life
    8. Florence, 1525–1534
    Part II:
    9. Rome, 1534–42
    10. Rome, 1542–45
    11. Papal architect, Rome, 1546–49
    12. New friends, diminishing family
    13. St Peter's
    14. Late work, long life
    15. Final years
    16. Return to Florence.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Michelangelo: Biography, Mythology, Hist of Art
    • The Age of Michelangelo
    • The Artist and Society
  • Author

    William E. Wallace, Washington University, St Louis
    An internationally recognized authority on Michelangelo, William E. Wallace is the Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor of Art History at Washington University, St Louis. He has received fellowships from Villa I Tatti, Harvard University's Center for Renaissance Studies in Florence, and the American Academy in Rome. The author of Michelangelo at San Lorenzo, he served as the principal consultant for The Divine Michelangelo, a two-part file produced by the BBC, and he recently completed a 36-lecture audiovisual course entitled 'The Genius of Michelangelo' for The Teaching Company.

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