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Michelangelo was, apart from being a sculptor, architect, and painter of genius, a poet and letter-writer of remarkable accomplishment. George Bull, a distinguished translator of many Italian classics, has brought his skill and experience to bear on translating this new selection of Michelangelo's letters and poetry, as well as the 'Life' the biography written by Michelang Michelangelo was, apart from being a sculptor, architect, and painter of genius, a poet and letter-writer of remarkable accomplishment. George Bull, a distinguished translator of many Italian classics, has brought his skill and experience to bear on translating this new selection of Michelangelo's letters and poetry, as well as the 'Life' the biography written by Michelangelo's pupil Ascanio Condivi.


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Michelangelo was, apart from being a sculptor, architect, and painter of genius, a poet and letter-writer of remarkable accomplishment. George Bull, a distinguished translator of many Italian classics, has brought his skill and experience to bear on translating this new selection of Michelangelo's letters and poetry, as well as the 'Life' the biography written by Michelang Michelangelo was, apart from being a sculptor, architect, and painter of genius, a poet and letter-writer of remarkable accomplishment. George Bull, a distinguished translator of many Italian classics, has brought his skill and experience to bear on translating this new selection of Michelangelo's letters and poetry, as well as the 'Life' the biography written by Michelangelo's pupil Ascanio Condivi.

30 review for Michelangelo Life, Letters, and Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Roisin

    This small book is a delight. It consists of the artist Michelangelo Buonarroti's biography, letters and poetry. The book features within the texts details about some of his great works revealing how they came about. The biography is by Asconio Condivi an Italian painter and writer, a pupil of Michelangelo. It is short, but packed with detail about notable works, sometimes done in part with other artists, his difficulties and technical problems. The letters are enlightening, written to notables s This small book is a delight. It consists of the artist Michelangelo Buonarroti's biography, letters and poetry. The book features within the texts details about some of his great works revealing how they came about. The biography is by Asconio Condivi an Italian painter and writer, a pupil of Michelangelo. It is short, but packed with detail about notable works, sometimes done in part with other artists, his difficulties and technical problems. The letters are enlightening, written to notables such as King Francis I of France, Georgio Vasari and Duke Cosimo, discloses some of the problems he encountered as an artist, practical matters, avoiding malicious rumours, his relationship with his family, popes, patrons or supporters. The poems are devine! Just beautiful, inspired by the people that he loved and adored with passion or just what it took to create as an artist. There is no index, which is a bit annoying, however there are thorough notes, a chronology list and a useful bibliography. A must for students or those with a interest in art.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Books By Hala

    Recommendation: only read this if you are interested to know more about Michelangelo. I had a major Michelangelo phase after seeing the statue of David and I found this in the official bookshop of Oxford university press so I had to buy it . The book is rated for 3.5 because it describes his life in a very dull old English style of writing, many topics seem to be translated literally from Italian, making the text quite complicated. The letters are actually amusing, Michelangelo writes business l Recommendation: only read this if you are interested to know more about Michelangelo. I had a major Michelangelo phase after seeing the statue of David and I found this in the official bookshop of Oxford university press so I had to buy it . The book is rated for 3.5 because it describes his life in a very dull old English style of writing, many topics seem to be translated literally from Italian, making the text quite complicated. The letters are actually amusing, Michelangelo writes business letters, resolves financial issues with partners and family members and fights with different people over money and power. Everyday problems of an artist in 1400s! The final part of the book with poetry is also interesting. His writing is actually as enjoyable as his other arts.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

    Unexpectantly affecting.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Valdemar Gomes

    Lovely depiction of a troubled religious man with a victim complex.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    A good introduction and review of Michelangelo's life. It gave me a very different picture than the impression I had had from previous lessons on so-called Renaissance artists. A good introduction and review of Michelangelo's life. It gave me a very different picture than the impression I had had from previous lessons on so-called Renaissance artists.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Frightful_elk

    An illuminating look at the life and works of michelangelo, written during his life time.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ana Bubolea

    An eye-opening collection of letters, notes, sketches of a great artist that remains to date an inspiration to all. Reading through his own notes you can see immediately the "human" behind all the artworks that we admire today, you can see his love for sculpture, for real beauty and God, as well as his constant resistance to the mundane, to the loss of time, to nonsense. An eye-opening collection of letters, notes, sketches of a great artist that remains to date an inspiration to all. Reading through his own notes you can see immediately the "human" behind all the artworks that we admire today, you can see his love for sculpture, for real beauty and God, as well as his constant resistance to the mundane, to the loss of time, to nonsense.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alex Pler

    "La pintura y la escultura, el trabajo y la fe me han arruinado y todo va de mal en peor. ¡Mejor hubiera sido que en mis años jóvenes me hubiera dedicado a hacer cerillas, que no tendría tantos problemas." Para conocer a la persona que vivía detrás del artista genial. "La pintura y la escultura, el trabajo y la fe me han arruinado y todo va de mal en peor. ¡Mejor hubiera sido que en mis años jóvenes me hubiera dedicado a hacer cerillas, que no tendría tantos problemas." Para conocer a la persona que vivía detrás del artista genial.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brian

  11. 5 out of 5

    The Library House

  12. 4 out of 5

    Fabiela

  13. 5 out of 5

    Felix Robbins

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vel Tereshkova

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rich Smith

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jess

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stacy_Venedictoova

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bonniekay Harkleroad

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dr E

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Rhaney

  21. 5 out of 5

    Steven G.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Neena

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    Elizabeth Plaster

  24. 4 out of 5

    yasekabood

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sally

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    Katie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Светлана Гусева

  29. 4 out of 5

    Iyan De Jesus

  30. 5 out of 5

    Liquidlasagna

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