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In this masterly work, Howard Hibbard relates Michelangelo’s art to his life and the times in which he lived, relying on the earliest biographies and the latest scholarly research as well as on Michelangelo’s own letters and poems. What emerges is both a perspective appraisal of his work and a revealing life history of the man who was arguably the greatest artist of all ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published January 22nd 1985 by Westview Press (first published 1974)
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Jul 29, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing
I read the second edition of this book, which I recommend highly. It speaks of Michelangelo's life and art (painting [mostly frescoes], sculpture, poetry, and architecture).

This book quotes extensively from Michelangelo's letters, and includes his poetry in Italian with English translations. I don't read Italian, but found the translations to be less than inspiring. This isn't a result of bad translation; it's impossible to translate a sonnet and remain in the sonnet form...

If you want to learn
Mar 23, 2008 Suhaila rated it it was amazing
Probably the best biography on Michelangelo that I've read. The author weaves in material from the artist's own drawings, letters and poems as support for his interpretations. A very organized approach to Michelangelo's massive body of work. But since the source material is Michelangelo's sonnets, and his spunky correspondence with Pope(s!) and other artists, its also entertaining. Very comprehensive.
Apr 01, 2008 Leila rated it liked it
I was disappointed in this book. It contained a ton of great information about Michelangelo and his art, but it was a bit boring. How could someone take a subject like Michelangelo and make him boring? Eeehhhh....I don't dig Hibbard's writing style.
Oct 02, 2012 Owen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Beautiful volume, as only the Folio Society can produce. Fully illustrated in dust cover (not dust jacket).
Feb 20, 2014 Cameron rated it liked it
Solid biography of the great Renaissance man. It'd be hard to overstate the influence Michelangelo has wielded over the history of art since the Mannerist period. A worthy read.
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