Introducing Michaelangelo (Introducing painters)

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This series provides an introduction to the lives and works of three of the greatest artists in history. Starting with biographical information and a background to the times in which they lived, each title then goes on to examine the major works created by each of the artists.

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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.
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A brief but attractive survey of the work of the sculptor and painter who's been described as the greatest ever, with a few biographical details--his early separation from his parents, his schooling with Ghirlandaio, his move from Lorenzo de' Medici's Florence to Rome, where papal demands created lifelong opportunities and frustrations. The background information on Renaissance Italy is too abbreviated to give a real sense of the artist's milieu, but at least it's an accurate outline. Best are the excellent color reproductions, of a good size even when several appear on a spread; there's a sampling of major works (the Piet...s; David; the Sistine ceiling, photographed after its recent facelift), as well as a good selection of complementary works by other artists--e.g., the Laoco”n, whose discovery had a major influence on the artist's work; a contemporary map of Florence; a photo of modern marble-cutters at Carrara. Captions are good, though present locations of artworks are omitted. An introduction (as the title suggests) but a good one. Index. (Nonfiction. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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