Michelangelo – A Life in Six Masterpiecs

The first Pieta. I’m behind!

Last August The Boston Globe ran my review of Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces. Miles Unger’s biography offers a nuanced look at this most famous, ambitious, and mercurial artists.

From the review:

Michelangelo Buonarroti was born in the village of Caprese in 1475 and died in Rome in 1564.

During that 88-year period, he revolutionized the arts of sculpture and painting, giving the world a series of masterpieces and, as Unger writes, inventing “the very notion of genius, if by that term we mean greatness that flows from the peculiarities of an individual life and personality.’’

Michelangelo’s path from apprentice to master was short. His artistic temperament was almost fully formed by the time he took up the hammer and chisel. His faith in his power as an artist, and his refusal to adhere strictly to his masters’ or patrons’ desires over his own ambitions, were ever-present components of his working life.


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