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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Michelangelo? Let me see. . .

This book of 'some' years ago (different editions available; in Italy, it was published by Rusconi in 1988 with a cover showing the Tondo Doni), the work of a great scholar, Linda Murray, provides -- first of all -- an unbelievably rich and clear focus on the many, tangled historical events that occurred during Michelangelo's life, that means nearly a century, in Italy as well as in the rest of Europe.

The gallery of the artist's works presented here is among the most complete ones, including frescoes, sculptures, drawings, architectural projects, either fulfilled or not. Her comments are enlightening especially as far as the last three arts are concerned. As for the frescoes, the reader's expectations to get keys for the Sistine Chapel, Vault and Last Judgment, were so high that some disappointment followed; on the other hand, there would have been needed one book just to list the endless theories involved, while Murray chose to limit herself to basic data. Bur, rpt, from all other viewpoints, such a precious, well documented, well woven insight into the whole of Michelangelo's life and works has rarely been achieved elsewhere.