Michelangelo: Complete Works XL (Hardcover)
Before reaching the age of 30, Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) had already sculpted David and Piet , two of the most famous sculptures in the entire history of art. As a sculptor, painter, draftsman, and architect, the achievements of this Italian master are unique--since before his time and until today, no artist has ever produced such a vast, multifaceted, and wide-ranging oeuvre.
This comprehensive book explores Michelangelo's life and work with a richly illustrated biographical essay and a complete four-part inventory of all his paintings, sculptures, buildings, and drawings. Full-page reproductions and enlarged details allow the reader to admire even the finest minutiae, while texts offer an in-depth profile of Michelangelo's personality and circumstances--spanning his solitary nature, his thirst for money and commissions, his immense wealth, and his skill as a property investor. We also tackle the controversial issue of the attribution of Michelangelo drawings, an area in which decisions continue to be steered by the private interests of the art market and major collections.
Commemorating the 450th anniversary of his death, this is the definitive work about Michelangelo for generations to come.
Frank Zollner wrote his doctoral thesis on motifs originating from Antiquity in the history of art and architecture of the Medieval and Renaissance periods (1987). He is also the author of a post-doctoral treatise on motion and expression in the art of Leonardo da Vinci, published in 2010. He has published numerous works on Renaissance art and art theory, and on 20th-century art. Since 1996 he has been Professor of Medieval and Modern Art at the University of Leipzig. For TASCHEN he has authored the XL monographs on Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.
The contributing authors:
Christof Thoenes studied art history in Berlin and Pavia, before completing his doctorate in Berlin. Thoenes lives in Rome, where for many years he has worked for the Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max-Planck-Institute), and is honorary professor in Hamburg. He has contributed to numerous publications on Italian art, particularly on architecture and architectural theory of the 15th to 18th centuries.
Thomas Popper wrote his doctoral theses on 15th century Italian Renaissance sculpture. He has worked as a curator for contemporary art at the Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landesmuseum. He taught at the Northern Institute of Technology and at the University of Hamburg, lecturing art history at Leipzig University and has been professor at the Westsachsische Hochschule Zwickau since 2008. Popper is the author of a range of publications on Italian Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art as well as on 19th and 20th century German painting and sculpture.