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  • Published: 2 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781905490547
  • Imprint: Fig Tree
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 688
  • RRP: $59.99

Michelangelo: His Epic Life



In Michelangelo Martin Gayford describes what it felt like to be Michelangelo Buonarroti, and how he transformed forever our notion of what an artist could be.

There was an epic sweep to Michelangelo's life.

At thirty-one he was considered the finest artist in Italy, perhaps the world; long before he died at almost 90 he was widely believed to be the greatest sculptor or painter who had ever lived (and, by his enemies, to be an arrogant, uncouth, swindling miser).

For decade after decade, he worked near the dynamic centre of events: the vortex at which European history was changing from Renaissance to Counter-Reformation. Few of his works - including the huge frescoes of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, The Last Judgment and the marble giant David - were small or easy to accomplish. Like a hero of classical mythology - such as Hercules, whose statue Michelangelo carved in his youth - he was subject to constant trials and labours.

In Michelangelo Martin Gayford describes what it felt like to be Michelangelo Buonarroti, and how he transformed forever our notion of what an artist could be.

  • Published: 2 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781905490547
  • Imprint: Fig Tree
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 688
  • RRP: $59.99

About the author

Martin Gayford

Martin Gayford studied philosophy at Cambridge and art history at the Courtauld Institute. He is the art critic of the Spectator, and contributes regularly to the Daily Telegraph, Modern Painters and Harpers & Queen. He is married, with two children, and lives in Cambridge. His latest book is The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles.

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