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Michelangelo A&I (Art and Ideas) Paperback – September 12, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0714834832 ISBN-10: 0714834831 Edition: 0th

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (September 12, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714834831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714834832
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #941,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The books in the Art and Ideas series, which will cover everything from Fra Angelico to Frida Kahlo, are supremely pleasurable to read. In this volume, for example, Anthony Hughes writes dryly of a Michelangelo sculpture of Christ, which was tinkered with and damaged during installation in March 1521: "Since then, more tampering has taken place.... From the late sixteenth century, Christ's genitalia were hidden beneath a bronze loincloth, although that did not prevent a zealous Dominican from trying to remove the penis." Written by scholarly experts who know how to turn a phrase and focus a gaze, the books are filled with hundreds of crisp, color reproductions that give purely visual pleasure and information. Their handy size, 6 1/4 by 8 1/2 inches, makes them easy to carry in a briefcase or backpack, and the text is printed in an easy-to-read typeface, with generous spacing. Even the time lines, biographies, and glossaries in the back are inviting to the eye. There will eventually be more than 100 volumes in the series, which is comparable to Thames and Hudson's World of Art series.

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'Anthony Hughes has written a lucid account of Michelangelo's career. It would be difficult to imagine a better introduction to the man and his work than this.' (Bruce Boucher, Department of the History of Art, University College London) 'An excellent, single volume introduction to Michelangelo that successfully integrates history and social context with sensitive analysis of the master's art.' (William E Wallace, Professor of Art History, Washington University, St Louis) 'Art & Ideas has broken new ground in making accessible authoritative views on periods, movements and concepts in art. As a series it represents a real advance in publishing.' (Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate London) 'The format is wonderful and offers what had long been missing in academic studies: usable manuals for specific themes or periods...I am definitely not alone in welcoming Art & Ideas as a precious set of teaching tools.' (Joachim Pissarro, Yale University)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
Firstly, I was thoughroughly impressed by the quality of this little book. The layout of the pages, the quality of the paper, everything. I'm glad to report that the content matches its presentation: Very clean, clear text featuring an unbiased look at Michelangelo's life. The book often cites former biographers (specifically Vasari and Condivi) and more often than not, it tries to find the right history. Very good illustrations of his more famous artwork as well as some drawings. Excellent!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mourning Light on December 18, 2004
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You know how rare that is! But this book is one you don't want to put down. It is so well written, educational, and has so many great illustrations. I enjoyed it a lot.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "jmaszle" on February 15, 2002
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Hughes gives a lot of info in a short book, and paints a very well balanced idea of Michelangelo the man. I felt bad for
Buonaratti after reading this. He truly was a miserable man, yet his committment to his art was never diminished for a moment. In the end the story of his life is inspiring and humbling. Inspiring because it proves what man can acheive, humbling in the sacrifices that were made in order to fulfill his destiny as one of the great geniuses to have ever lived.
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By Andy Shuping on June 25, 2011
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Phaidon does an excellent job with this series and the Michelangelo book is no exception. The 1st thing I always look for in an art book is superb photographs, ones that accurately capture the works of art in all of their detail and more importantly capture the colors of the paintings. And this book definitely meets that criteria. The photographs accurately capture the colors of Michelangelo's works and they capture some of the detail he put into them so that you feel as if you're actually standing in front of them. The writing, while always secondary to me, is easy to read and tells us not only about the works, but something about Michelangelo himself. Unlike many other art history books, this one doesn't have the dry academic tone about it, but is instead actually fun to read and a great way to find out more about Michelangelo. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about this great artist.
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By B. D. Haas on August 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a good introduction, although it does not offer a lot more than the introduction by Howard Hibbard. I prefer it to the one by Linda Murray in the World of Art-series. The book by Hughes offers a more balanced view on the works it describes, in the way that it usually gives several opinions of other writers, then sometimes gives a preference for one opinion in particular, but also sometimes states that there is simply not enough evidence to substantiate the views of other writers. Therefore it is a pity that Hughes does not always substantiate his own views, he doesn't tell us why a particular view is better than another.
Nevertheless the book is full of interesting information and easy to read.
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