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Michelangelo : drawings and other treasures from the Casa Buonarroti, Florence
Ragionieri, Pina.
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Publication Information:
Atlanta : High Museum of Art, [2001]

Physical Description:
152 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
General Note:
Catalog of an exhibition at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Ga., June 23-Sept. 2, 2001, and at the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Oh., Sept. 21-Nov. 25, 2001.
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NC257.B8 A4 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The family home of Michelangelo Buonarroti--surely Italy's most famous artist--the Casa Buonarroti boasts the world's largest collection of Michelangelo 's drawings and personal papers. Now a private foundation and museum, the Casa Buonarroti is also well known for art and antiquities collected by Michelangelo 's family members. This volume includes drawings usually kept in storage to protect them from exposure to damaging light and air, among them sketches and preparatory studies for such important works as the Sistine Chapel and the Medici tombs. It affords an extraordinary view of Michelangelo through personal sketches, writings, and studies from the artist's notebooks, as well as insights into his family through painting, sculpture, and graphic works.

Among the treasures of the Casa Buonarroti are two marble reliefs: the Madonna of the Steps and the Battle of the Centaurs. In addition, the Museum owns rich collections of paintings, sculptures, majolica ware, and archaeological pieces, as well as the most famous collection in the world of drawings by Michelangelo 's own hand.

Author Notes

Pina Ragionieri is director of the Casa Buonarroti, Florence.

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Choice Review

The Casa Buonarroti in Florence owns the world's largest collection of Michelangelo's drawings and personal papers. For more than a decade, a selection of its rich holdings has been lent to exhibitions in Japan, France, Brazil, Great Britain, and now the US. This handsome volume is the catalog of the most recent version of that international exhibition (with slight variations in the selection of objects at each venue) shown at the High Museum in Atlanta and the Toledo Museum of Art, both in 2001. The 22 drawings and a small wax model attributed to Michelangelo are complemented by paintings, sculpture, and graphic works related to the artist and his family. Thus, in addition to works by the master, we "meet key members of the artists extraordinary family and encounter the more intimate side of his genius." Each of the 47 objects is illustrated by good quality color photographs and accompanied by brief catalog entries, four introductory essays, and more than 80 black-and-white supporting illustrations. This reasonably priced catalog is different in format but similar in most of its content (albeit in English) to those that accompanied the other versions of this exhibition. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through faculty. W. E. Wallace Washington University

Table of Contents

Michael E. ShapiroRoger M. BerkowitzGary M. RadkePina Ragionieri
Director's Preface, High Museum of Artp. 7
Director's Preface, The Toledo Museum of Artp. 9
Guest Curator's Prefacep. 11
Forewordp. 13
Michelangelo Buonarroti: His Life and Worksp. 17
Michelangelo and the Casa Buonarroti Catalogue nos. 1-18p. 25
Michelangelo and the San Lorenzo Complex in Florence Catalogue nos. 19-30p. 79
Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel in Rome Catalogue nos. 31-47p. 117