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Il Gigante Michelangelo, Florence, and the David, 1492-1504 (Paperback)

Author:  Anton Gill
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0312314434
ISBN-13: 9780312314439
Sku: 39748833
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  352
Age Range:  NA
 
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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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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IL GIGANTE revisits one of history's greatest examples of patronage, exploring the relationship between Michelangelo and Lorenzo di Medici, culminating in the creation of the artist's best-known work: the sculpture of David.

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Product attributePublisher:   St. Martin's Griffin
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