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Michelangelo was, apart from being a sculptor, architect, and painter of genius, a poet and letter-writer of remarkable accomplishment. George Bull, a distinguished translator of many Italian classics, has brought his skill and experience to bear on translating this new selection of Michelangelo's letters and poetry, as well as the 'Life' the biography written by Michelang ...more
Paperback, Oxford World's Classics, 208 pages
Published April 22nd 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 1987)
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Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This small book is a delight. It consists of the artist Michelangelo Buonarroti's biography, letters and poetry. The book features within the texts details about some of his great works revealing how they came about.

The biography is by Asconio Condivi an Italian painter and writer, a pupil of Michelangelo. It is short, but packed with detail about notable works, sometimes done in part with other artists, his difficulties and technical problems. The letters are enlightening, written to notables s
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Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommendation: only read this if you are interested to know more about Michelangelo. I had a major Michelangelo phase after seeing the statue of David and I found this in the official bookshop of Oxford university press so I had to buy it . The book is rated for 3.5 because it describes his life in a very dull old English style of writing, many topics seem to be translated literally from Italian, making the text quite complicated. The letters are actually amusing, Michelangelo writes business l ...more
Oct 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Unexpectantly affecting.
Valdemar Gomes
Lovely depiction of a troubled religious man with a victim complex.
Mar 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A good introduction and review of Michelangelo's life. It gave me a very different picture than the impression I had had from previous lessons on so-called Renaissance artists.
Aug 06, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who enjoy artists biographies
An illuminating look at the life and works of michelangelo, written during his life time.
Ana Bubolea
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
An eye-opening collection of letters, notes, sketches of a great artist that remains to date an inspiration to all. Reading through his own notes you can see immediately the "human" behind all the artworks that we admire today, you can see his love for sculpture, for real beauty and God, as well as his constant resistance to the mundane, to the loss of time, to nonsense.
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Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer of the High Renaissance period 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 th ...more

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