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The Resource Michelangelo, God's Architect : the story of his final years and greatest masterpiece, William E. Wallace

Michelangelo, God's Architect : the story of his final years and greatest masterpiece, William E. Wallace

Label
Michelangelo, God's Architect : the story of his final years and greatest masterpiece
Title
Michelangelo, God's Architect
Title remainder
the story of his final years and greatest masterpiece
Statement of responsibility
William E. Wallace
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
As he entered his seventies, the great Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo despaired that his productive years were past. Anguished by the death of friends and discouraged by the loss of commissions to younger artists, this supreme painter and sculptor began carving his own tomb. It was at this unlikely moment that fate intervened to task Michelangelo with the most ambitious and daunting project of his long creative life. 'Michelangelo, God's Architect' is the first book to tell the full story of Michelangelo's final two decades, when the peerless artist refashioned himself into the master architect of St. Peter's Basilica and other major buildings. When the Pope handed Michelangelo control of the St. Peter's project in 1546, it was a study in architectural mismanagement, plagued by flawed design and faulty engineering. Assessing the situation with his uncompromising eye and razor-sharp intellect, Michelangelo overcame the furious resistance of Church officials to persuade the Pope that it was time to start over. In this richly illustrated book, leading Michelangelo expert William Wallace sheds new light on this least familiar part of Michelangelo's biography, revealing a creative genius who was also a skilled engineer and enterprising businessman. The challenge of building St. Peter's deepened Michelangelo's faith, Wallace shows. Fighting the intrigues of Church politics and his own declining health, Michelangelo became convinced that he was destined to build the largest and most magnificent church ever conceived. And he was determined to live long enough that no other architect could alter his design
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wallace, William E
Dewey number
709.2
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
NA1123.B9
LC item number
W355 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Michelangelo Buonarroti
  • Architecture, Renaissance
Label
Michelangelo, God's Architect : the story of his final years and greatest masterpiece, William E. Wallace
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-270) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1089564244
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 277 pages, 32 unnumbered leaves of plates
Isbn
9780691195490
Lccn
2019941489
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1089564244
Label
Michelangelo, God's Architect : the story of his final years and greatest masterpiece, William E. Wallace
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-270) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1089564244
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 277 pages, 32 unnumbered leaves of plates
Isbn
9780691195490
Lccn
2019941489
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1089564244

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