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Michelangelo and the Reform of Art

Michelangelo and the Reform of Art

by Alexander Nagel


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Michelangelo was acutely conscious of living in an age of religious crisis and artistic change, and for him the two issues were related. Michelangelo and the Reform of Art explores Michelangelo's awareness of artistic tradition as a means of understanding his relation to the profound religious uncertainty of the sixteenth century. Concentrating on Michelangelo's lifelong preoccupation with the image of the dead Christ, Alexander Nagel studies the artist's associations with reform-minded circles in early sixteenth-century Italy, and reveals his sustained concern over the fate of religious art.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521662925
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/11/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 7.24(w) x 10.39(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Michelangelo's work as an art historian; Part I. History Painting and Cult Images in the Altarpiece: 1. Transport and Transitus; 2. Man of sorrows and entombment; 3. Humanism and the altar image; 4. The altarpiece in the age of history painting; Part II. Presentation and Withdrawal: Michelangelo's Late Pietás; 5. Passionate withdrawal; 6. Art work and cult image; 7. Sculpture as relic.

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