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Much has been written about the paintings and sculptures of Michelangelo, arguably the greatest artist of the Renaissance. But what about the man? In this revealing look at the Florentine genius, acclaimed author George Bull traces the life and spiritual quest of Michelangelo, drawing a fuller portrait of the man himself. In all his work, Michelangelo impressed his contemp Much has been written about the paintings and sculptures of Michelangelo, arguably the greatest artist of the Renaissance. But what about the man? In this revealing look at the Florentine genius, acclaimed author George Bull traces the life and spiritual quest of Michelangelo, drawing a fuller portrait of the man himself. In all his work, Michelangelo impressed his contemporaries as a forceful personality, a divine genius endowed with terrabilita, or intense emotional power. Often portrayed as a solitary and austere figure, he in fact enjoyed a wide range of friendships. And it is those whom he loved and hated, served or resisted, who are presented here-- from his family and fellow artists to the popes, nobles, and rulers of Europe. George Bull presents the life of Michelangelo in the round, bringing before the reader a towering genius whose versatility and originality are constantly being rediscovered.


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Much has been written about the paintings and sculptures of Michelangelo, arguably the greatest artist of the Renaissance. But what about the man? In this revealing look at the Florentine genius, acclaimed author George Bull traces the life and spiritual quest of Michelangelo, drawing a fuller portrait of the man himself. In all his work, Michelangelo impressed his contemp Much has been written about the paintings and sculptures of Michelangelo, arguably the greatest artist of the Renaissance. But what about the man? In this revealing look at the Florentine genius, acclaimed author George Bull traces the life and spiritual quest of Michelangelo, drawing a fuller portrait of the man himself. In all his work, Michelangelo impressed his contemporaries as a forceful personality, a divine genius endowed with terrabilita, or intense emotional power. Often portrayed as a solitary and austere figure, he in fact enjoyed a wide range of friendships. And it is those whom he loved and hated, served or resisted, who are presented here-- from his family and fellow artists to the popes, nobles, and rulers of Europe. George Bull presents the life of Michelangelo in the round, bringing before the reader a towering genius whose versatility and originality are constantly being rediscovered.

30 review for Michelangelo: A Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Annie Conway

    everything you ever wanted to know about the artiste himself. Fascinating stuff, full of corrupt popes, political intrigue, and neurotic artists. Still, this author needs to take a page from the Da Vinci Code and make it a little easier to read. Reading this book is kind of like wading through mud, but I'm gonna feel so good once i finish the 600 pages. everything you ever wanted to know about the artiste himself. Fascinating stuff, full of corrupt popes, political intrigue, and neurotic artists. Still, this author needs to take a page from the Da Vinci Code and make it a little easier to read. Reading this book is kind of like wading through mud, but I'm gonna feel so good once i finish the 600 pages.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Eddie

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    Charline

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    Fred

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    Dante Ferrigno

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    David Gionfriddo

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    Stephan Shahinian

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    Catelyn May

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    Mary Ahern

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    Richard Fasano

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    Brenda

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    Major Shepherd-El

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    Tako

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    Adele

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Coleman

    I feel slightly uncultured by giving this book two stars, but I honestly struggle bussed my way through the whole thing. I've never taken an art history class and since we're going to heart of renaissance art, I figured I'd better know my stuff before attempting to make intelligent observations at art galleries. Other than that, this book is pretty bland. I feel slightly uncultured by giving this book two stars, but I honestly struggle bussed my way through the whole thing. I've never taken an art history class and since we're going to heart of renaissance art, I figured I'd better know my stuff before attempting to make intelligent observations at art galleries. Other than that, this book is pretty bland.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Barry Levene

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    Piotr Stasiewicz

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    Bj

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