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Il Gigante: Michelangelo, Florence, and the David 1492--1504

Gill, Anton

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ISBN 10: 0312314426 / ISBN 13: 9780312314422
Published by Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2003
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15 color plates, many black and white drawings and photographs. Unmarked, tightly bound, clean. Dust jacket is not price clipped and will be clad in a clear archival cover that is removable. Gripping story by an accomplished researcher and writer, with wonderful reviews. Contains bibliographic references and index. The great artist and sculptor Buonarroti Michelangelo lived from 1475-1564. Significant portions of his life were spent in Florence, Italy. The David was the young artist's first major work. Unmarked, clean 338 pages. Please see photographs for more information and examples. Bookseller Inventory # 003774

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Title: Il Gigante: Michelangelo, Florence, and the ...

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Fontebuoni, Anastasio, De Volterra, Danielle, Bugiardini, Giuliano, and others

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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At the turn of the 16th century, Italy was a turbulent territory made up of independent states, each at war with or intriguing against its neighbor. There were the proud, cultivated, and degenerate Sforzas in Milan, and in Rome, the corrupt Spanish family of the Borgia whose head, Rodrigo, ascended to St Peter's throne as Pope Alexander VI. In Florence, a golden age of culture and sophistication ended with the death of the greatest of the Medici family, Lorenzo the Magnificent, giving way to an era of uncertainty, cruelty, and religious fundamentalism.

In the midst of this turmoil, there existed the greatest concentration of artists that Europe has ever known. Influenced by the rediscovery of the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome, artists and thinkers such as Botticelli and da Vinci threw off the shackles of the Middle Ages to produce one of the most creative periods in history - the Renaissance.

This is the story of twelve years when war, plague, famine, and chaos made their mark on a volatile Italy, and when a young, erratic genius, Michelangelo Buonarroti, made his first great statue - the David. It was to become a symbol not only of the independence and defiance of the city of Florence but also of the tortured soul who created it. This is a wonderful history of the artist, his times, and one of his most magnificent works.

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British Praise for Il Gigante:

"There is certainly nothing rushed about this excellent account of the world's greatest sculptor... Through Gill's sensitive and accessible reading of the David in particular we can perhaps feel a little closer to [Michelangelo]... It would be well-deserved if this book is as successful as those by [Dava] Sobel and [Ross] King - Gill is a perceptive and accessible critic" - Sunday Herald

"A few pages into Anton Gill's new book and any readers who have never seen a Renaissance painting or sculpture will be packing their bags and heading for Italy. Not a page goes by without the excitement and drama of this period catching at your imagination... A compelling story that is well told." - Country Living

"Gill's project may be ambitious, but his style and approach are aimed firmly at the general reader. In this he succeeds admirably and as an introduction to the Italian Renaissance Il Gigante could hardly be bettered." - Daily Mail

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