Michelangelo Buonarrotti (1475-1564) is perhaps the greatest artist in the entire Western tradition.
In painting, sculpture and architecture he created works that went beyond anything imagined before. "The David" - miraculously created, as Vasari describes, out of a piece of marble botched by another sculptor - the "Sistine Ceiling", the "Sistine Last Judgement", before which the Pope knelt in terrifed prayer when it was first unveiled: these works have lost none of their awe-inspiring power.
Michelangelo's impact was immediate and he achieved a level of fame and influence that was unprecedented.
It is not surprising, therefore, that the painter Giorgio Vasari should have made him the culmination of his "Lives of the Painters, Sculptors and Architects", the first true work of art history.
Vasari was a close colleague as well as a fellow-artist and fellow-Florentine.
The biography printed here, from Vasari's much improved second edition, draws a picture of Michelangelo the man and the artist that has an immediacy and an authority that have not been surpassed.
The introduction by David Hemsoll situates this great work in the context of 16th century Italian art. 45 pages of colour illustrations cover the span of Michelangelo's achievement, and include many of the drawings currently on show at the British Museum.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Pallas Athene Publishers
- Publication Date: 27/06/2006
- Category: Biography: general
- ISBN: 9781843680116
- Paperback from £8.35