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Michelangelo : the complete sculpture, painting, architecture
Wallace, William E.
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Publication Information:
[New York?] : Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, [1998]

Physical Description:
267 pages : illustrations (some color, some folded) ; 37 cm
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Includes index.
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N6923.B9 W35 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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A visual and literary treasury of the works of a master of the Renaissance and arguably one of the greatest artists of all time.

Michelangelo is inarguably one of the world's premier artists. More people can identify his paintings, sculptures, and architecture than they can any other artist. Here, in this exquisitely illustrated single volume, are the works of his singular genius -- from his earliest sculptures, to his ever awe-inspiring paintings, to his classical architectural works.

Magnificent new color and black-and-white photographs, combined with extraordinary details, allow the reader to view Michelangelo's magnificent work as never before. Sculptures, such as the much beloved Rome Pieta, are revealed with such beauty that the reader is tempted to reach out and touch the image. Michelangelo's paintings, in particular the glory of the Sistine chapel ceiling frescoes, are shown in their newly restored brilliance. Finally, the book devotes itself to the architectural accomplishments of this genius who was as comfortable with a pen in his hand as he was with a chisel. A marvelous and engaging text by William Wallace humanizes this larger-than-life artist.

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Library Journal Review

In one concise volume, Wallace (art history, Washington Univ.) presents an accurately rendered life in intelligent, accessible prose. Though not footnoted, it consists of an overview with chronology of Michelangelo's life, followed by three extensive chapters on his major creations‘sculpture, painting, and architecture‘each illustrated with stunning photographs and post-restoration reproductions. There are several fold-out sections, including a full-color Sistine ceiling and a complete diagram of all its segments. The commentary accompanying each work is engaging, and the layout is thoughtful and well planned, corresponding to the text. While there is a plethora of worthwhile books on Michelangelo, including those that focus in depth on a particular aspect (see Pierluigi De Vecchi and Gianluigi Colalucci's Michelangelo: The Vatican Frescoes; The Complete Works Restored, LJ 3/15/97), these sumptuous reproductions are some of the best on the market. They succeed in conveying Michelangelo's grandeur and magnificence gracefully and factually and, if budgetary conditions allow, should serve as a first-choice introduction to students and interested lay readers.‘Ellen Bates, New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.