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The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti Paperback – May 8, 2008
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"Scholars and students can learn much from a careful reading of this masterpiece of nineteenth-century research, the first modern biography of this famous artist. . . . Symonds's biography stands on its own as a solid, readable, compelling, and appropriate reading for the twenty-first century."—Sixteenth Century Journal--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Sadly to say Symonds sees everything through the prism of his own prejudices and dospositions. Michelangelo probably was an ascetic when it came to sex and if you want to play analyist neither he nor his brothers ever married or sired children. Symonds is one of those who never understood Platonic love but feels obligated to tortuously connive to see him in his own prism. His interpretation of the artist's sonnets is ludicrous.
If you want to understand Victorian hypocrisy and experience few if any insights into Michelangelo then this is a book for you. If you want a clearer picture of the man as seen from a 19th century perspective read John Ruskin, you will learn something.
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Addington Symonds is a classic, his studies on Renaissance Art change the art history vision of his time. till today.Published 2 months ago by Eduardo Faith
A veritable fountain of information about the minutia of the life and times of Michelangelo. Tremendous work worthy of your time.Published 2 months ago by Kindler
Highly interesting if you are interested in art. Unfortunately often too detailed and therefore ratherlong and boring.Published 16 months ago by Arne Koch