Truly in a class of its own, Young Michelangelo is the most definitive and eye-opening study of the artist?s early life to come along in a generation.
In this compelling account, renowned art historian John Spike paints a vivid portrait of one of the world?s greatest artists and the places and people?Lorenzo de? Medici, Leonardo, Machiavelli?that inspired and defined his early life and career. Spike?s masterful text probes the thinking, evolution, and desires of a young man whose awareness of his exceptional talent never wavered. Michelangelo?s complex personality is revealed through lively examinations of the Piet?, the David, and all other major works. Drawing on a rich background of Italian Renaissance politics and culture, Spike deftly navigates the fiery Florentine master?s struggle to surpass da Vinci?s artistic mastery, and his troubled relationships with Julius II and other key figures of the era.
Praise for Young Michelangelo:
?Making the most of Michelangelo?s ample correspondence and the recently published records of his extensive banking transactions, Spike has drawn an astonishingly vivid portrait of the artist?s first 33 years. It's the best life of Michelangelo I've read, and it leaves one wishing the author would complete Michelangelo?s life with his wonderful grasp of the artist?s tenacious personality and Herculean achievement.? ~ Everett Fahy, John Pope-Hennessy Chairman of the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
?Tense and agile as an early sculpture, Young Michelangelo is a compelling portrait of the artist as a young man in a dangerous time.? ~ Peter Robb, Author of M: The Man Who Became Caravaggio
"Spike crystallizes historical detail into vivid, memorable imagery. . . . Alternating between accounts of the turbulent political atmosphere and details of Michelangelo?s most private moments in the sculpture studio, Spike creates a rich narrative that promises more intrigue than the best adventure novel."?Publishers Weekly
"Spike's original and valuable approach to studying [Michelangelo's] childhood, development, and reputation as one of the greats of the Renaissance provides a deeper understanding of such a wondrous, almost mythic figure. An essential book for Renaissance collections and devotees." ?Library Journal
?This erudite but immensely readable account is essential for anyone who desires to know more about Michelangelo?s formation.? ~ David Alan Brown, National Gallery of Art
?Spike is a masterful weaver of disparate information into a synthetic narrative. He provides a rich web of the political, social, and personal contexts against which Michelangelo's early career unfolded.? ~ John Hunisak, Professor of Art & Architecture, Middlebury College
"Spike captures [Michelangelo's] magnetism, his drive and the sheer scale of his ambition.... A veteran biographer