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Michelangelo: An icon of Western art history

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54 pages24 minutes

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Keen to learn but short on time? Find out everything you need to know about the life and work of Michelangelo in just 50 minutes with this straightforward and engaging guide!

Michelangelo is one of the most influential artists in Western art history, and his works, including his famed sculpture David and the frescoes adorning the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, are among the most recognisable in the world. As the creator of statues and paintings on a vast, imposing scale, who displayed virtually unrivalled technical mastery and interwove religious and secular subjects in a highly original manner, Michelangelo was a source of inspiration to countless later artists, including the Mannerists and numerous 19th-century French artists. In spite of his exceptional talent, he was frequently dissatisfied with his own work, and a number of projects were left unfinished at his death.

In this book, you will learn about:
• The artistic developments that took place in Italy during the Renaissance
• The commissions Michelangelo received from influential patrons, including several popes and the powerful Medici family
• His most celebrated works, including David and The Last Judgment, and their influence on later artists

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