Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces

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Simon & Schuster #ad - Throughout his long career he clashed with patrons by insisting that he had no master but his own demanding muse. During the final decades of his life, his hands too unsteady to wield the brush and chisel, he exercised his mind by raising the soaring vaults and dome of St. Miles unger narrates the life of this tormented genius through six of his greatest masterpieces.

This is the life of one of the most revolutionary artists in history, told through the story of six of his greatest masterpieces: “The one indispensable guide for encountering Michelangelo on his home turf” The Dallas Morning News. Michelangelo stands alone as a master of painting, and architecture, sculpture, a man who reinvented the practice of art itself.

Each work expanded the expressive range of the medium, to the apocalyptic Last Judgment, from the Pietà carved by a brash young man of twenty-four, the work of an old man weighed down by the unimaginable suffering he had witnessed. Michelangelo was ambitious, but through the towering force of genius and through sheer pugnaciousness, egotistical, and difficult, he transformed the way we think about art.

Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces #ad - In the vast expanse of the Sistine Chapel ceiling he tells the epic story of Creation. Peter’s in a final tribute to his God. In the gargantuan david he depicts man in the glory of his youth, while in the tombs he carved for his Medici overlords he offers perhaps history’s most sustained meditation on death and the afterlife of the soul.

A deeply human tribute to one of the most accomplished and fascinating figures inthe history of Western culture” The Boston Globe, egotistical, Michelangelo brings to life the irascible, and undeniably brilliant man whose artistry continues to amaze and inspire us after five hundred years.

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Michelangelo: His Epic Life

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Penguin #ad - At thirty one, michelangelo was considered the finest artist in Italy, uncouth, by his enemies, to be an arrogant, 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, 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.

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Picasso and the Painting That Shocked the World

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Simon & Schuster #ad - It is filled with heartbreak and triumph, despair and delirium, all of it played out against the backdrop of the world’s most captivating city. Only his colleague George Braque understood what Picasso was trying to do. In 1906, picasso began the vast, disturbing masterpiece known as Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.

. Recognition came slowly: first in the avant-garde circles in which he traveled, and later among a small group of daring collectors, including the Americans Leo and Gertrude Stein. For most of these years picasso lived and worked in a squalid tenement known as the Bateau Lavoir, in the heart of picturesque Montmartre.

Here he met his first true love, Fernande Olivier, a muse whom he would transform in his art from Symbolist goddess to Cubist monster. One of the christian science monitor’s best nonfiction books of 2018 When Picasso became Picasso: the story of how an obscure young painter from Barcelona came to Paris and made himself into the most influential artist of the twentieth century.

Picasso and the Painting That Shocked the World #ad - In 1900, an eighteen-year-old Spaniard named Pablo Picasso made his first trip to Paris. Over the next few years they teamed up to create Cubism, the most revolutionary and influential movement in twentieth-century art. Inspired by the groundbreaking painting of Paul Cézanne and the startling inventiveness of African and tribal sculpture, Picasso created a work that captured and defined the disorienting experience of modernity itself.

Fueled by opium and alcohol, inspired by raucous late-night conversations at the Lapin Agile cabaret, Picasso and his friends resolved to shake up the world. These were years of struggle, often of desperation, but Picasso later looked back on them as the happiest of his long life.

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Magnifico: The Brilliant Life and Violent Times of Lorenzo de' Medici

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Simon & Schuster #ad - Miles unger's biography of this complex figure draws on primary research in Italian sources and on his intimate knowledge of Florence, where he lived for several years. Lorenzo's grandfather cosimo had converted the vast wealth of the family bank into political power, but from his earliest days Lorenzo's position was precarious.

Nowhere was this world of contrasts more perfectly embodied than in the life and character of the man who ruled this most fascinating city. Florence gave birpth to both the otherworldly perfection of Botticelli's Primavera and the gritty realism of Machiavelli's The Prince. Against all odds he managed not only to survive but to preside over one of the great moments in the history of civilization.

. Those who plotted his death included a pope, and a duke, a king, but Lorenzo used his legendary charm and diplomatic skill -- as well as occasional acts of violence -- to navigate the murderous labyrinth of Italian politics. Magnifico is a vividly colorful portrait of Lorenzo de' Medici, the uncrowned ruler of Florence during its golden age.

Magnifico: The Brilliant Life and Violent Times of Lorenzo de' Medici #ad - He was the leading statesman of the age, the fulcrum of Italy, but also a cunning and ruthless political operative. Bitter rivalries among the leading Florentine families and competition among the squabbling Italian states meant that Lorenzo's life was under constant threat. He befriended the greatest artists and writers of the time -- Leonardo, and, especially, Botticelli, Poliziano, Michelangelo, whom he discovered as a young boy and invited to live at his palace -- turning Florence into the cultural capital of Europe.

A true "renaissance man, " Lorenzo dazzled contemporaries with his prodigious talents and magnetic personality.

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Delphi Complete Works of Michelangelo Illustrated Masters of Art Book 10

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Delphi Classics #ad - Delphi’s groundbreaking ‘masters of art series’ presents the world’s first digital e-Art books, allowing digital readers to explore the works of the world’s greatest artists in comprehensive detail. This volume presents the complete works of Michelangelo, with concise introductions, hundreds of high quality images and the usual Delphi bonus material.

Version 1* the complete paintings of michelangelo — over 400 images, fully indexed and arranged in chronological and alphabetical order* includes reproductions of rare works* the complete ceiling and wall frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, giving valuable contextual information on all the paintings and sculptures * Enlarged ‘Detail’ images, poetical and drawing works* Easily locate the works you want to view* Features three bonus biographies, fully indexed* Insightful introductions, as featured in traditional art books* Hundreds of images in stunning colour – highly recommended for viewing on tablets and smart phones or as a valuable reference tool on more conventional eReaders* Rare attributed works* Also includes Michelangelo's architectural, allowing you to explore Michelangelo’s celebrated works in detail, including Vasari’s legendary work - discover Michelangelo's artistic and personal life* Scholarly ordering of plates into chronological order and literary genresPlease visit www.

Delphi Complete Works of Michelangelo Illustrated Masters of Art Book 10 #ad - Delphiclassics. Com to browse through our range of exciting e-Art booksCONTENTS:The PaintingsTHE TORMENT OF ST. Peterthe sculpturesmadonna of the stairsbattle of the centaurscrucifixesstatues for the ‘arca di san domenico’bacchuspietÀdavidmadonna of brugespiccolomini altarpiecetondo pittitadDEI TONDOST.

The ‘divine’ sculptor, michelangelo buonarroti exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art, painter, poet and engineer, architect, producing masterpieces that rank among the most famous in existence. John and angelsthe entombmentdoni tondo: the holy familythe battle of cascinasistine chapel ceilingtable of contents for the sistine chapel ceiling ‘detail’ imagesthe last judgmentleda and the swanthe conveRSION OF SAULTHE CRUCIFIXION OF ST.

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Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling

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Bloomsbury USA #ad - Despite having completed his masterful statue David four years earlier, he had little experience as a painter, even less working in the delicate medium of fresco, and none with challenging curved surfaces such as the Sistine ceiling's vaults. From the acclaimed author of brunelleschi's dome and Leonardo and the Last Supper, the riveting story of how Michelangelo, against all odds, created the masterpiece that has ever since adorned the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

In 1508, despite strong advice to the contrary, the powerful Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo Buonarroti to paint the ceiling of the newly restored Sistine Chapel in Rome. The temperamental michelangelo was himself reluctant: He stormed away from Rome, incurring Julius's wrath, before he was eventually persuaded to begin.

Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling #ad - Michelangelo and the pope's ceiling recounts the fascinating story of the four extraordinary years he spent laboring over the twelve thousand square feet of the vast ceiling, while war and the power politics and personal rivalries that abounded in Rome swirled around him. A panorama of illustrious figures intersected during this time-the brilliant young painter Raphael, with whom Michelangelo formed a rivalry; the fiery preacher Girolamo Savonarola and the great Dutch scholar Desiderius Erasmus; a youthful Martin Luther, who made his only trip to Rome at this time and was disgusted by the corruption all around him.

Ross king blends these figures into a magnificent tapestry of day-to-day life on the ingenious Sistine scaffolding and outside in the upheaval of early-sixteenth-century Italy, while also offering uncommon insight into the connection between art and history.

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Leonardo da Vinci

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Simon & Schuster #ad - He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, geology, botany, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, and weaponry. So, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, too, left-handed, gay, vegetarian, easily distracted, and at times heretical.

He shows how leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. The #1 new york times bestseller from walter isaacson brings leonardo da vinci to life in this exciting new biography that is “a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it…Most important, it is a powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life” The New Yorker.

Based on thousands of pages from leonardo da vinci’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson “deftly reveals an intimate Leonardo” San Francisco Chronicle in a narrative that connects his art to his science. His life should remind us of the importance to be imaginative and, like talented rebels in any era, to think different.

Leonardo da Vinci #ad - He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper. Here, da vinci “comes to life in all his remarkable brilliance and oddity in Walter Isaacson’s ambitious new biography…a vigorous, insightful portrait” The Washington Post.

. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history’s most creative genius.

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Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture

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Bloomsbury USA #ad - Denounced at first as a madman, Brunelleschi was celebrated at the end as a genius. Even today, in an age of soaring skyscrapers, the cathedral dome of Santa Maria del Fiore retains a rare power to astonish. He engineered the perfect placement of brick and stone, built ingenious hoists and cranes to carry an estimated 70 million pounds hundreds of feet into the air, and designed the workers' platforms and routines so carefully that only one man died during the decades of construction--all the while defying those who said the dome would surely collapse and his own personal obstacles that at times threatened to overwhelm him.

On august 19, a competition concerning florence's magnificent new cathedral, 1418, Santa Maria del Fiore--already under construction for more than a century--was announced: "Whoever desires to make any model or design for the vaulting of the main Dome. Shall do so before the end of the month of September.

Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture #ad - The proposed dome was regarded far and wide as all but impossible to build: not only would it be enormous, but its original and sacrosanct design shunned the flying buttresses that supported cathedrals all over Europe. Ross king brings its creation to life in a fifteenth-century chronicle with twenty-first-century resonance.

In the process, he did nothing less than reinvent the field of architecture.

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Machiavelli: A Biography

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Simon & Schuster #ad - He has been called cold and calculating, cynical and immoral. In the prince he wrote a practical guide to the aspiring politician that is based on the world as it is, not as it should be. He was on intimate terms with Leonardo and Michelangelo. In reality, argues biographer miles Unger, he was a deeply humane writer whose controversial theories were a response to the violence and corruption he saw around him.

He is the most infamous and influential political writer of all time. Rising from modest beginnings on the strength of his own talents, he was able to see through the pious hypocrisy of the age in which he lived. He has been called the first modern man, unafraid to contemplate a world without God. Machiavelli’s philosophy was shaped by the tumultuous age in which he lived, an age of towering geniuses and brutal tyrants.

Machiavelli: A Biography #ad - His most notorious work, the Prince, is a primer on how to acquire and retain power without regard to scruple or conscience. Miles unger has relied on original italian sources as well as his own deep knowledge of Florence in writing this fascinating and authoritative account of a genius whose work remains as relevant today as when he wrote it.

Machiavelli was, above all, a student of human nature. Analyzing their successes and failures, Machiavelli developed his revolutionary approach to power politics. As a diplomat, he matched wits with the corrupt and carnal Pope Alexander VI and his son, the notorious Cesare Borgia, whose violent career served as a model for The Prince.

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The Medici: Power, Money, and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance

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Pegasus Books #ad - Against the background of an age that saw the rebirth of ancient and classical learning Paul Strathern explores the intensely dramatic rise and fall of the Medici family in Florence, as well as the Italian Renaissance which they did so much to sponsor and encourage. Strathern also follows the lives of many of the great renaissance artists with whom the medici had dealings, including Leonardo, Michelangelo and Donatello; as well as scientists like Galileo and Pico della Mirandola; and the fortunes of those members of the Medici family who achieved success away from Florence, including the two Medici popes and Catherine de' Médicis, who became Queen of France and played a major role in that country through three turbulent reigns.

A vivid, dramatic, and authoritative account of perhaps the most influential family in Italian history: the Medici. A dazzling history of the modest family that rose to become one of the most powerful in Europe, The Medici is a remarkably modern story of power, money, and ambition.

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Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - This new york times and washington Post Notable Book of the Year features more than eighty full-color reproductions of the artist’s best paintings. This book resees its subject with rare clarity and power as a painter for the 21st century. Hilary spurling, andrew graham-dixon explores caravaggio’s staggering artistic achievements, New York Times Book ReviewIn a bravura performance, delving into the original Italian sources to create a masterful profile of the mercurial painter.

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