Michelangelo's Notebooks: The Poetry, Letters, and Art of the Great Master

Michelangelo's Notebooks: The Poetry, Letters, and Art of the Great Master

by Carolyn Vaughan


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Michelangelo's Notebooks is an intimate celebration of the artist's sketches, architectural drawings, letters, and love poems.

Michelangelo Buonarroti is considered to be one of the greatest artists of the sixteenth century, not only in painting but in writing and poetry as well. He filled hundreds of sheets of paper with exquisite drawings, many of which would eventually become some of the most celebrated masterpieces of all time, and he wrote over 300 poems and sonnets on admiration and spirituality.

Organized chronologically, Michelangelo's Notebooks is an illustrated record of the artist's life and work, and combines the artists's own words with his sketches and finished compositions. His letters about the Sistine Chapel and Pope Julius, for example, are illustrated with sketches that he produced while he was writing.

Edited and curated by Carolyn Vaughan, former editor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she provides fascinating commentary and insights into the material presented throughout the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781579129798
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Series: Notebook Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 512,568
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Carolyn Vaughan is a former editor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. She has edited dozens of exhibition catalogues and compiled numbers of books. She is also the author of Gold and Frankincense and Myrrh: Gifts of the Magi; Invitation to Ballet; and three FANDEX Guides: The Great Western Painters, First Ladies, and New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Made for Art 11

2 A Ceiling and a Tomb 47

3 Michelangelo and the Medici 95

4 Love and Judgment 181

5 Loss, a Marriage, and a Dome 235

6 Weariness and Woe 305

Michelangelo's Correspondents and Other Names Mentioned in the Letters 351

Selected Bibliography 355

Illustration Credits 372

Index 374

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