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Michelangelo and the reinvention of the human body

By: Hall, James (James Edward Stuart).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London Chatto & Windus 2005Description: 311 pages 25cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0701172703.Subject(s): Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475-1564 -- Criticism and interpretation | Human figure in art | Nude in art | Human beings in artDDC classification: 709.2 MIC Summary: "In this study, the art critic James Hall explores the body-language of Michelangelo's figures, and his preoccupation with the male nude. He answers many of the major puzzles - his stern Madonnas and their lack of maternal feeling; his concern with colossal scale and size; his passion for anatomical dissection; the meaning of the drawings made for his young lover Tommasco da Cavalieri. By asking basic questions about Michelandgelo and his times, Hall sheds dramatic new light on many of his most familiar works, including the statue of David and the narratives of the Sistine Chaple ceiling, and his haunting late images of the dead Christ." "This book re-assesses the popular idea of Michelangelo as an artist-superman possessed of titanic mental and physical powers, and the long-held view of him as brilliant but unbalanced, obsessed with the male nude. Hall sees him as the first artist to put the unadorned human body centre stage, giving him a profound relevance to our own time, in which visual artists and writers are so fixated on 'the body'. If we really want to understand our own culture, he argues, we need to understand Michelangelo. This new study offers us a way to do so." - BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references and index

Includes bibliographical references and index.

"In this study, the art critic James Hall explores the body-language of Michelangelo's figures, and his preoccupation with the male nude. He answers many of the major puzzles - his stern Madonnas and their lack of maternal feeling; his concern with colossal scale and size; his passion for anatomical dissection; the meaning of the drawings made for his young lover Tommasco da Cavalieri. By asking basic questions about Michelandgelo and his times, Hall sheds dramatic new light on many of his most familiar works, including the statue of David and the narratives of the Sistine Chaple ceiling, and his haunting late images of the dead Christ." "This book re-assesses the popular idea of Michelangelo as an artist-superman possessed of titanic mental and physical powers, and the long-held view of him as brilliant but unbalanced, obsessed with the male nude. Hall sees him as the first artist to put the unadorned human body centre stage, giving him a profound relevance to our own time, in which visual artists and writers are so fixated on 'the body'. If we really want to understand our own culture, he argues, we need to understand Michelangelo. This new study offers us a way to do so." - BOOK JACKET.

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