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Poems and Letters: Selections, with the 1550 Vasari Life

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A new translation of poetry and letters from one of the most influential artists in history

The iconic Renaissance painter and sculptor Michelangelo Buonarroti was also a prolific and gifted poet. This groundbreaking collection presents verses, intense and passionate, that capture Michelangelo's eroticism and spirituality, alongside letters that provide fascinating insigh
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 31st 2007 by Penguin Classics
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Kiely Marie
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: grad, art-books
"This is no place for me, and I'm no painter." -Michelangelo Buonarotti, 1512

God, I just love Michelangelo so much.

(Anyways, this is a good overview of the written works of Michelangelo, and the introduction gives a concise and eloquent jumping-off point for deeper scholarship into his poetry. It's kind of annoying that this book only includes a selection of about a third of his 300+ poems, but it does note the dates and dedications where available. Michelangelo's poetry is an important part of
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Carl
I liked several of the poems, especially in Michelangelo's evocation of art and the often obtuse language to convey sincere unease, anxiety and beauty. I liked reading a few of his letters. You get the sense of Michelangelo as a normal artist dealing with his work, bad clients, financial problems, etc. but you do not get the dramatic insights like one does for Van Gogh or Keats. I couldn't make it through Vasari's life, sorry. But I will keep this for his poetry, which is at once strange, frustr ...more
Philip Brown
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This excellent book is split into four sections. The first is a general introduction into the subsequent 3 sections and puts everything into context. The second section contains a selection of Michaelangelos poems, the third contains a selection of his letters and the fourth is Georgio Vasari’s first biography of Michelangelo from his Lives of the Artists. Note that the version that is usually translated and published is a later version so it is interesting to see the first version complete with ...more
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Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer of the High Renaissance who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Considered as the greatest living artist in his lifetime, he has since been held as one of the greatest artists of all time. Despite making few forays beyond the arts, his versatility in the disci ...more
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