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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789318873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789318879
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1.1 x 14.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In one concise volume, Wallace (art history, Washington Univ.) presents an accurately rendered life in intelligent, accessible prose. Though not footnoted, it consists of an overview with chronology of Michelangelo's life, followed by three extensive chapters on his major creations?sculpture, painting, and architecture?each illustrated with stunning photographs and post-restoration reproductions. There are several fold-out sections, including a full-color Sistine ceiling and a complete diagram of all its segments. The commentary accompanying each work is engaging, and the layout is thoughtful and well planned, corresponding to the text. While there is a plethora of worthwhile books on Michelangelo, including those that focus in depth on a particular aspect (see Pierluigi De Vecchi and Gianluigi Colalucci's Michelangelo: The Vatican Frescoes; The Complete Works Restored, LJ 3/15/97), these sumptuous reproductions are some of the best on the market. They succeed in conveying Michelangelo's grandeur and magnificence gracefully and factually and, if budgetary conditions allow, should serve as a first-choice introduction to students and interested lay readers.?Ellen Bates, New York
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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A visual and literary treasure that brings Michelangelo, the artist, and his remarkable body of work—including sculptures, paintings, and architecture—to life.

Customer Reviews

Beautiful addition to my coffee table books.
angie
The reproductions of the frescoes are color correct and the sculptures are captured with excellent photographic drama.
Grady Harp
WOW, this book is amazing, I just recieved it and let me say that again WOW!!!!!!!!
Charles A. Boudreaux III

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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The strength of this book is the excellent photographs, showing each work from a variety of angles so you can really appreciate the complexity of the sculpture. The commentaries are well written and straightforward. Having read the previous review, I read the Anthony Hughes book too and found its commentaries more complex--well, anyway,more opionated!--but its tiny pictures can't compare to the splendors in this book. Short of a trip to Italy, it was the next best thing!
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
MICHELANGELO: THE COMPLETE SCULPTURE, PAINTING, ARCHITECTURE is one of those books that would be a generous addition to any art/art history lover's library. This very large scaled volume is meant to be about the visual and not the stuffy, thesis-driven, dry tome words of biography. William Wallace has excellent credentials as a writer and his style of writing is warm, thoughtful, insightful, and informative. He has elected to begin his book with an abbreviated biography, knowing that most people know the general facts about Michelangelo's life, and then presents the artists' output in sections of scultpure, painting, and architecture. It is said that Michelangelo never considered himself a painter, despite his glory in the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel. It is his sculpture for which he wished to be known and surely there are few extant examples of heroic sculpture that are in his rarefied league. The reproductions of the frescoes are color correct and the sculptures are captured with excellent photographic drama. For those who wish to know more about the writings and sonnets of Michelangelo as well as the contorversies that colored his life, then look elsewhere among the many books available. But for sheer joy of turning page after beautiful page that document Michelangelo's genius, then look no further. A perfect gift for yourself and for those who care about art.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Brian D., Hodges on December 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is fantastic! I have a collection of Michelangelo books and this is easily one of my favorites. The reproductions are absolutely stunning, with special mention to some of the Sistine Chapel frescoes reproduced on transparent paper--nice touch.
William Wallace (no, not the Braveheart guy...) does an admirable job with each piece of Michelangelo's works.
Highly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kim Dudley on August 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was discouraged to read such amazing reviews of the book, but to also hear of the difficulties in getting it. I found it at the Metropolitan Museum Online Store for $35, and it is perhaps the most beautiful, well-done art book I've ever seen. The reproductions are gorgeous, and the commentary is excellent. You won't do better with anything else, especially if you want a single volume overview of all of his works.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Row Bear on December 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a magnificent book about Michelangelo Buonarotti. As one reviewer said Mr. Wallace's text is a bit sparse, but afterall: it is an art book! It's my opinion that a book about an art/artists should contain more pictures than text, unless it is SPECIFICALLY a biography or the history of a certain work, era, etc. But I digress...!

I especially like the photos of the restored Cistine Chapel ceiling. Cleared from the 'fog' of dirt, dust, etc., one can see Michelangelo's incredible skill as a painter. The sculpture section is wonderful too, of course! I don't know what else to say.

For those who can't find this book: Before this week, I didn't even know it existed. I found it in the bargain section of BORDERS (I don't think Amazon will mind, as they're 'teamed' with Borders!). Check them out, as I got it for 1/5th the published price. I decided to treat myself to an early Christmas present and am glad I did! If you see it, buy it - When I returned the next day all copies were gone. I am very happy with this book and recommend it highly!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pbk63 on December 20, 2011
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I bought this book to go along with the author's course from the Learning Company (Great Courses) and found it a wonderful supplement to that course. Standing alone it is an excellent overview of the breadth of Michaelangelo's career as artist. The plates are marvelous and having seen much of his work in Italy it brought back many fond memories and I learned more than I expected both from the course and the book. It is more than a one time through table top book. Anyone with interest in the subject I think would find this a valuable resource and bring many hours of pleasurable reading and viewing. For those who have the course from the Learning Company you will find that the book follows the course so you can easily use both resources at once.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SCWalls on January 10, 2013
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It's huge, the full page reproductions are spectacular. The text can be overly enthusiastic at times, but next to these gigantic photos it's easy to get into the spirit and be in awe of Michelangelo's accomplishments.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert F. Snyder on March 16, 2011
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This is a beautifully produced book. The text is informative. The art reproduction, particularly of The Sistine Chapel Ceiling, is spectacular.

If you've had the opportunity to travel to Italy, and view Michelangelo's beautiful works of art in person, you'll appreciate the reproduced works of arts, the accompanying photographs and text. If you haven't seen these works of art in person, you will also enjoy this book.

You will see and understand the Sistine Chapel Ceiling's panels better than when actually standing in the Chapel itself as the panels are a long way up from where you stand and the lighting in the Chapel is fairly dark. You can really see the Sistine Chapel paintings in a way like no other in this wonderful book.

The seller, Little Guy Books, provided excellent (and fast) service for this product.
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