Penguin Book


Martin Gayford

Michelangelo (1475-1564) the man and the artist are inseparable. His restless energy and ambition alone explain the colossal scale of his achievements - and also his failures, the schemes too vast ever to be completed. More than that, he was the figure around whom the whole notion of the Renaissance revolved.

Partly because of his fame, Michelangelo's words and deeds were often recorded, and his letters and poems preserved. Consequently, it is possible to get close to Michelangelo - to his feelings, his physical presence and, on occasions, to hear his voice. In this enthralling, well-written biography Martin Gayford will tackle both his work and his life and aim to get under the skin of the person himself.

Praise for Constable in Love:

"A delightful micro-biography...penetrating and revelatory beyond the apparent scope of its ambition". - Financial Times

"...Gayford is a master at relating art to the world beyond it, and all the arts to each other...I can't recommend this delightful book too highly". - Mail on Sunday

Martin Gayford is an art critic and writer. His most recent books are The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gaugin and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles and Constable in Love: Love, Landscape, Money and the Making of a Great Painter.

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  • Art and Design
  • Biography and Memoir
Format TPS
234 x 153mm
integrated b&w
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