Michelangelo by Martin Gayford
His Epic Life

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It is the job of a popular historian to remind each generation of the remarkable qualities of real genius. Mr Gayford’s readable life does just that.
-The Economist

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At thirty one, Michelangelo was considered the finest artist in Italy, perhaps the world; long before he died at almost 90 he was widely believed to be the greatest sculptor or painter who had ever lived (and, by his enemies, to be an arrogant, uncouth, swindling miser).

For decade after decade, he worked near the dynamic centre of events: the vortex at which European history was changing from Renaissance to Counter Reformation. Few of his works - including the huge frescoes of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling, the marble giant David and the Last Judgment - were small or easy to accomplish. Like a hero of classical mythology - such as Hercules, whose statue he carved in his youth - he was subject to constant trials and labours.

In Michelangelo Martin Gayford describes what it felt like to be Michelangelo Buonarroti, and how he transformed forever our notion of what an artist could be.

 

About Martin Gayford

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Martin Gayford is a chief art critic for Bloomberg News. His previous books include The Yellow House and Constable in Love. He lives in England.
 
Published November 7, 2013 by Penguin. 648 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography, Travel. Non-fiction
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Financial Times

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Reviewed by Rachel Spence on Nov 15 2013

It is a measure of his magnitude, and of Gayford’s skill in capturing it, that you finish this book wishing that Michelangelo had lived longer and created more.

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The Economist

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on Dec 14 2013

It is the job of a popular historian to remind each generation of the remarkable qualities of real genius. Mr Gayford’s readable life does just that.

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