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Title:
Introducing Michelangelo
Author:
Richmond, Robin, 1951-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
[North Mankoto, MN] : Thameside Press : Distributed in the U.S. by Smart Apple Media, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
32 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.5 1.0 61405.
Electronic Access:
Table of contents http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/fy034/2002489386.html
ISBN:
9781931983433
Format :
Book

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Michelangelo was one of the greatest artists the world has known. He was born near Florence, Italy over 500 years ago and lived through a time of extraordinary developments in art and science. He has left us beautiful and powerful sculptures, as well as paintings and architecture which tell us much about his life and times. In the book, the author introduces us to the man whose inner struggles, dedication, and genius were the inspiration behind his great art. Book jacket.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 3-6. Using exceedingly crisp color photo~graphs of Michelangel~o's paintings and sculptures, along with a smooth narrative that outlines the artist's life and the politi~cal and religious influ~ences on his works, this volume effortlessly transports the reader back to the Renaissance. Michelangelo's love for sculpting, rather than painting, and his study of anatomy with cadavers at the monas~tery hospital of Santo Spirito in Florence laid the groundwork for his career, which lasted until his death at almost 90. The author's discussion of some of Michelangelo's major triumphs--the Great Pietas, David, and the Sistine Chapel--provides a solid introduc~tion to Michelangelo's art, with special emphasis on fresco paint~ing and the recent restora~tion of the Sistine Chapel. ~--Deborah Abbott


Publisher's Weekly Review

Renaissance Italy unfolds handsomely here in this overview of the artist's life and work. Following a brief prologue printed over snippets from his oeuvre--a manuscript fragment, St. Peter's dome and the head of David all crumbling out of an ancient plaster wall--the master's 89 years are compellingly--if rapidly--presented in a well-chosen assortment of vignettes and historical asides. Groupings of elegant Medicis, stern popes and thriving city-states float across the pages in a glittering display of contemporary local talent, providing a historical context in which to better grasp Michelangelo's times and his influence on them. Richmond's ambitious text explores the influence of classical Greece and Rome, the symbiotic relationship between artists and their wealthy patrons and the Sistine Chapel restoration; only occasionally does her evocation of Michelangelo's world threaten to dwarf the artist. In the two pages devoted to David Michelangelo's light shines the most brightly, with no distractions. A well-done introduction for children and primer for future art appreciation classes. Ages 7-10. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-- These few pages are scarcely enough to cover adequately all that is attempted here--the long, creative life of Michelangelo, his multiple talents, and the Renaissance painters and patrons among whom he lived. Richmond wisely features just three of his greatest works. She contrasts the Pietas done at various times in Michelangelo's life, devotes a double-page spread to his David , and includes four pages on the restoration project underway on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. The text is sandwiched in between large cut-outs of portions of Michelangelo's paintings, photographs of his sculpture, scenes from works by other artists, and period maps of Florence and Rome, all in full color. The result is an encyclopedic book, crowded with information, both visual and written, that's adequate for reports. Piero Ventura's Michelangelo's World (Putnam, 1989) lacks actual reproductions of the artist's works. Richmond's book is, therefore, a practical purchase. --Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Who was Michelangelo?p. 4
Early Lifep. 6
Florence and the Renaissancep. 8
The Artist's Apprenticeshipp. 10
Becoming a Sculptorp. 12
Life and Deathp. 14
The Great Pietasp. 16
Michelangelo's Davidp. 18
Rediscovering the Pastp. 20
Michelangelo versus the Popep. 22
The Commission to Paint the Sistine Chapel Ceilingp. 24
Restoring the Ceilingp. 28
The Last Yearsp. 30
Some Key Datesp. 31
Indexp. 32