For salient aspects of Michelangelo's art, poetry and character I have both read pleasurably and consulted especially Michelangelo: A Study in the Nature of Art by Adrian Stokes (London, 1955); Michelangelo: A Psychoanalytic Study of ...


Author: George Bull

Publisher: Viking Books

ISBN: STANFORD:36105018253646

Category: Art, Renaissance

Page: 504

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Much has been written about the paintings and sculptures of Michelangelo, arguably the greatest artist of the Renaissance. But what about the man? In this revealing look at the Florentine genius, acclaimed author George Bull traces the life and spiritual quest of Michelangelo, drawing a fuller portrait of the man himself. In all his work, Michelangelo impressed his contemporaries as a forceful personality, a divine genius endowed with "terrabilita," or intense emotional power. Often portrayed as a solitary and austere figure, he in fact enjoyed a wide range of friendships. And it is those whom he loved and hated, served or resisted, who are presented here-- from his family and fellow artists to the popes, nobles, and rulers of Europe. George Bull presents the life of Michelangelo in the round, bringing before the reader a towering genius whose versatility and originality are constantly being rediscovered.

Michelangelo Selected Scholarship in English The Sistine Chapel

Michelangelo , Doni Tondo ( c.1505 ) , 120 cm . Uffizi , Florence . ideal of perfection is misleading . Although many Renaissance artists used male models for their portrayals of women , it is only in Michelangelo's art that the male ...


Author: William E. Wallace

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0815318251

Category: Art

Page: 592

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Accessible to readers-useful to spcialists Much as been written on Michelangelo. By 1970, the number of scholarly books and articles exceeded 4,000, approximately a tenth in English. In the past 25 years, the literature has grown exponentially, with a notable increase in English-language publications. The five-volume series reproduces some 100 articles in English, selected from a broad range of books and journals. The collection is both accessible to the general reader and useful to the specialist, offering a representative sample of old and new commentary on the artist and his work. The career of a geniusArticles are arranged chronologically with separate volumes covering the artist's early life and works, the Sistine Chapel ceiling, commission associated with San Lorenzo, the tomb of Julius II and other Roman projects, and a final volume devoted to drawings, poetry, and miscellaneous studies. Spanning his entire 89-year life, the articles explore Michelangelo's prodigious creativity as an artist, thinker, and poet. The sheer quantity of what has been written on Michelangelo can be intimidating; most student have little sense of how to approach or effectively utilize the vast literature. By presenting a varied introduction to a great artist, this collection is a handy reference tool for a wide array of topics, problems, and literature.

Michelangelo s Mountain

But Saint Matthew and the remaining Awakening Captive show Michelangelo's approach in its purest, starkest form. In both he has carved down into the stone (and then, in the Awakening Captive, begun working around to the right).


Author: Eric Scigliano

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416591351

Category: Art

Page: 368

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A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.

Michelangelo Youth

From these descriptions it may be seen that Michelangelo's statue belonged to the type of the "statue d'onore" of the popes. The most important representative of this type in the second half of the fifteenth 248 century is the sitting ...


Author: Charles De Tolnay


ISBN: UOM:39015015802682



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Michelangelo s Medici Chapel

The attitude of Duke Giuliano in Michelangelo's conception is not one of surrender to , or even reverence for , the divine fate ruling the universe ; rather it expresses reliance on his own powerful action against universal determinism ...


Author: Edith Balas

Publisher: American Philosophical Society

ISBN: 0871692163

Category: Philosophy

Page: 196

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There are no surviving documents that explain Michelangelo's complex sculptural program for the Medici Chapel. The work as we have it is no more than an unfinished, fragmentary realization of the artist's original conception. Speculation about its meaning began quite early, for Michelangelo's contemporaries were apparently no better informed than we. An interpretation made by Benedetto Varchi in 1549 & since universally accepted, was by his own admission a personal opinion, not confirmed by the artist. In the 16th century, interpretations quite at variance with modern scholarly assumptions were made. Here, Dr. Edith Balas contends that the artist deliberately veiled his meaning in obscurity, making his images, like the language of Neoplatonic philosophers, intelligible only to an intellectual elite. Assuming the role of the Magus, Michelangelo conceived a cryptic, magical world of potent allegorical images designed not simply or primarily to commemorate the departed Medici but to help achieve elevation for their souls. Illus.


Sonnets of Michelangelo . See Appendix 1. F. Spani , Prospero , 27 . Speranza , Hope , in Italian sculpture , 71 . Steinmann , Dr. Ernst , 89 note , 101 note , 122 , 129 , 130 , 132 , 186-187 . Strozzi , Clarice ( dei Medici ) .


Author: Gerald Stanley Davies


ISBN: PRNC:32101075445864


Page: 227

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The Architecture of Michelangelo

Steinmann, Ernst (1913), Die Portratdarstellungen des Michelangelo, Leipzig. (1930), Michelangelo im Spiegel seiner Zeit, Leipzig. Steinmann, Ernst and Pogatscher, Heinrich (1906), "Dokumente und Forschungen zu Michelangelo", ...


Author: James S. Ackerman

Publisher: London : Zwemmer

ISBN: UVA:X000149540

Category: Architecture, Renaissance

Page: 156

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In this widely acclaimed work, James Ackerman considers in detail the buildings designed by Michelangelo in Florence and Rome-including the Medici Chapel, the Farnese Palace, the Basilica of St. Peter, and the Capitoline Hill. He then turns to an examination of the artist's architectural drawings, theory, and practice. As Ackerman points out, Michelangelo worked on many projects started or completed by other architects. Consequently this study provides insights into the achievements of the whole profession during the sixteenth century. The text is supplemented with 140 black-and-white illustrations and is followed by a scholarly catalog of Michelangelo's buildings that discusses chronology, authorship, and condition. For this second edition, Ackerman has made extensive revisions in the catalog to encompass new material that has been published on the subject since 1970.

The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti

93 ; marriage to the Marquis of Pescara , 94 ; her life subsequent to his death , 95 ; religious aims , 96 ; influence over Michelangelo , ib . ; character of her poems , 97 ; four of her letters to Michelangelo , 103 ; criticism of ...


Author: John Addington Symonds


ISBN: UIUC:30112112402059



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Michelangelo s Poetry and Iconography in the Heart of the Reformation

62, and Michelangelo. Life, letters and Poetry, p. 68. Rolfe Prodan, Michelangelo's Christian Mysticism, p. 99. Edgar Wind, 'Michelangelo's Progress among Theologians: Savonarola and Michelangelo', in The religious symbolism of ...


Author: Ambra Moroncini

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317096825

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 172

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Contextualizing Michelangelo’s poetry and spirituality within the framework of the religious Zeitgeist of his era, this study investigates his poetic production to shed new light on the artist’s religious beliefs and unique language of art. Author Ambra Moroncini looks first and foremost at Michelangelo the poet and proposes a thought-provoking reading of Michelangelo’s most controversial artistic production between 1536 and c.1550: The Last Judgment, his devotional drawings made for Vittoria Colonna, and his last frescoes for the Pauline Chapel. Using theological and literary analyses which draw upon reformist and Protestant scriptural writings, as well as on Michelangelo’s own rime spirituali and Vittoria Colonna’s spiritual lyrics, Moroncini proposes a compelling argument for the impact that the Reformation had on one of the greatest minds of the Italian Renaissance. It brings to light how, in the second quarter of the sixteenth century in Italy, Michelangelo’s poetry and aesthetic conception were strongly inspired by the revived theologia crucis of evangelical spirituality, rather than by the theologia gloriae of Catholic teaching.

Michelangelo s Sculpture

There can be no question that Michelangelo's early self-image was that of a conqueror. And if, psychogenetically, such a self-image presupposes, in childhood, the blessing of a favorite parent—which we know Michelangelo's dismal father ...


Author: Leo Steinberg

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226482576

Category: Art

Page: 320

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Leo Steinberg was one of the most original and daring art historians of the twentieth century, known for taking interpretative risks that challenged the profession by overturning reigning orthodoxies. In essays and lectures that ranged from old masters to contemporary art, he combined scholarly erudition with an eloquent prose that illuminated his subject and a credo that privileged the visual evidence of the image over the literature written about it. His works, sometimes provocative and controversial, remain vital and influential reading. For half a century, Steinberg delved into Michelangelo’s work, revealing the symbolic structures underlying the artist’s highly charged idiom. This volume of essays and unpublished lectures explicates many of Michelangelo’s most celebrated sculptures, applying principles gleaned from long, hard looking. Almost everything Steinberg wrote included passages of old-fashioned formal analysis, but here put to the service of interpretation. He understood that Michelangelo’s rendering of figures as well as their gestures and interrelations conveys an emblematic significance masquerading under the guise of naturalism. Michelangelo pushed Renaissance naturalism into the furthest reaches of metaphor, using the language of the body and its actions to express fundamental Christian tenets once expressible only by poets and preachers—or, as Steinberg put it, in Michelangelo’s art, “anatomy becomes theology.” Michelangelo’s Sculpture is the first in a series of volumes of Steinberg’s selected writings and unpublished lectures, edited by his longtime associate Sheila Schwartz. The volume also includes a book review debunking psychoanalytic interpretation of the master’s work, a light-hearted look at Michelangelo and the medical profession and, finally, the shortest piece Steinberg ever published.