Young Michelangelo: The Path to the Sistine by John T Spike (Paperback / softback, 2012)
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- DescriptionIn the most important biography of Michelangelo to appear in modern times, John T. Spike illuminates heretofore unrevealed aspects of Michelangelo's complex personality through examinations of the Pieta, the David, the artist's struggle with Leonardo da Vinci for artistic mastery, and an uneasy relationship with Pope Julius II. Over the long arc of his artistic development, Michelangelo was involved in the most troubling controversies of his age, an eyewitness to the bonfires of the vanities, the Rome of the Borgias, the siege of Florence, and the Inquisition's burning of heretics at the stake. In this long-awaited reinterpretation of the artist's early life and career, Spike re-creates Michelangelo's cities, Florence and Rome, animating their daily life with sketches of Lorenzo the Magnificent, Leonardo, Savonarola, Raphael, and Machiavelli.<br>Praise for Young Michelangelo: <br> Spike captures his magnetism, his drive and the sheer scale of his ambition.... A veteran biographer of Caravaggio, Masaccio and Fra Angelico, Spike relates Michelangelo's wanderings to his restlessness and the troubles of his era, from the rise of the fundamentalist preacher Savonarola in Florence to the many skirmishes provoked by Rome's bellicose Julius. -- The Sunday Times <br> No art historian has got closer to Michelangelo than John T. Spike. The Florence-based American, whose coup here is his access to the artist's recently published financial accounts and consequently enhanced understanding of his dealings with patrons, is an immensely flexible writer who has produced a book of alternating pans and zooms. . . . At the same time, however, the worldly dealings that Spike recounts, and his textured reconstruction of the times that his subject moved moodily through, make the artist seem more human than ever before. We're left with a Michelangelo who lived on earth as a man, but also had an element of the unearthly about him. . . . Though it probably only portends a trilogy, it's perhaps accident that Spike's narrative ends in the artist's 33rd year. -- The Telegraph <br> As John T. Spike argues in this crisply thorough biography, Michelangelo Buonarroti, like so many men of talent, seems to have kwn his own worth almost from the moment he came into the world. . . . Certainly the man Spike gives us is an altogether more worldly figure than the agonised ecstatic served up by Irving Stone and Charlton Heston on the silver screen. -- Daily Express <br> John T. Spike, an art historian, curator and critic, has done some impressive research to flesh out the early years of the artist's life, right up until his return to Rome in 1508 to focus on a commission in the Sistine Chapel. The young sculptor's daunting talent and quest to earn as much money as possible are woven into the story of the Italian Renaissance and the outsized figures of the age. -- The Washington Post <br> Spike, a rewned art critic, curator, and author, is the first modern writer to create such a comprehensive account of the master's early life and rise to fame amid the political upheaval in the Papal States and Florentine Republic. -- Art + Auction<br> He was possibly the world's greatest artist, certainly its greatest sculptor, but John Spike gives us a nuanced human view of Michelangelo on his path to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The reader meets a man dealing with financial problems, family pressures, artistic feuds, all set within the turbulent world of the Medici, the Borgias, and Savonarola. This is Michelangelo of reality, t myth. --Bill Cusuma, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI from September 2010 Indie Notables List<br> Spike crystallizes historical detail into vivid, memorable imagery. . . . Alternating between accounts of the turbulent political atmosphere and details of Michelangelo's most private moments in the sculpture studio, Spike creates a rich narrative that promises more intrigue than the best adventure vel. -- Publishers Weekly <br> Making the
- Author Biography<p>John T. Spike, critic, curator, and art historian, is the author of more than 20 culturally significant books on Renaissance, Baroque, and contemporary art. He lives in Florence, Italy, and is currently Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
- Author(s)John T Spike
- PublisherVendome Press
- Date of Publication01/08/2012
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectBiography: The Arts
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintVendome Press
- Content Notecolour illustrations
- Weight454 g
- Width145 mm
- Height218 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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