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In this stimulating introduction to the artist's life and work, Anthony Hughes employs the latest evidence from research and restoration projects to take a fresh look at who Michelangelo was and what he has become. Setting Michelangelo firmly within the political and social world he inhabited, Hughes interprets his work not only as the expression of an individual sensibility but also as the results of often difficult transactions between artist and clients. He gives an enjoyable and historically informed account of the full range of Michelangelo's creative endeavours, in the process exploring the artist's relations with family and friends, his sexuality and his position in the sixteenth-century world.
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This account of Michelangelo's life and work is clear and consistently revealing. For its length, it manages to convey a good deal of informative interpretation on all of the artist's major works, and some of the minor ones as well. Hughes also provides concise but essential details about major patrons and the historical context of his Michelangelo's work.The sections on architecture are the weakest. Hughes seems not to know what to do with the unusual forms of the New Sacristy and Laurenziana except to describe them lucidly. But in terms of concise readings of the major painting and sculpture, this is a good introduction. James Ackerman's book on Michelangelo's building career can supplement the architecture sections.
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.