Item description for Michelangelo: Architect by Giulio Carlo Argan...
Giulo Carlo Argan wrote the introduction, chapter essays, and epilogue. Bruno Contardi provided the history, chronology, and documentation for the relevant works in individual entries following each chapter essay.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.65" Width: 10.47" Height: 1.81" Weight: 6.57 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2004
Publisher Phaidon Press
ISBN 1904313256 ISBN13 9781904313250
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Devout artist in war with the world and himself. Dec 20, 2006
This book has a two overarching contrast and comparison in formation of Michelangelo's career as an architect.
First, author contrasts Michelangelo (M) to Leonardo da Vinci. This allows reader to understand that the major method and theme of M's art was very religious and theological in its nature. Unlike da Vinci's very scientific artifacts, the author portrays M's art as a very personal aspiration towards God. To corroborate the claim, the author, points out major aspects of M's poetry, painting, and sculpture. In poetry, placement of words and the syntactical relationship is emphasized to point out almost mystical and inductive nature of his artistic bent. In painting, using a Sistine Chapel's painting, the author pulls out the compressed perspective as an "illogical" element of M's art. In sculpture, his "not-finished" element is mentioned as his religiosity.
Second, the overarching comparison in the book is between Florence and Rome. By comparing the two, the author was able to identify the nature of patronage and their political strife. Both Medici and Pope had difficult times when M was alive. Florence was under the internal turmoil to kick out Medici and establish republic and Rome was under the attack from Reformation to abolish papacy and reinstitute Christianity. That in mind, the book, chronologically analyzes architectural works of M. Florentine works of New Sacristy and Lauretian Library and a Roman works of Capitoline and St. Peter's stand out in the book. The author painstakingly points out the concept and its actual execution to illustrate what kind of role M played as an artist during the major historical events.
The book is both extensive and intensive in its content. If a prospect reader is a design professional, there are plenty of striking design skills to hear about.