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MICHELANGELO'S TOMB FOR JULIUS II: GENESIS AND GENIUS. Christoph Frommel. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2016. Distributed by University of Chicago Press. 368 pp. 32 x 27 cm. ISBN 9781606065037 In English.
Due date: November 2016. Publisher's description: In 1505, Michelangelo (1475-1564) began planning the magnificent tomb for Pope Julius II, which would dominate the next forty years of his career. Repeated failures to complete the monument were characterized by Condivi, Michelangelo's authorized biographer, as "the tragedy of the tomb." This definitive book thoroughly documents the art of the tomb and each stage of its complicated evolution. Authored by Christoph Luitpold Frommel, who also acted as the lead consultant on the recent restoration campaign, this volume offers new post-restoration photography that reveals the beauty of the tomb overall, its individual statues, and its myriad details. This book traces Michelangelo's stylistic development; documents the dialogue between the artist and his great friend and exacting patron Pope Julius II; unravels the complicated relationship between the master and his assistants, who executed large parts of the design; and sheds new light on the importance of neoplatonism in Michelangelo's thinking. A rich trove of documents in the original Latin and archaic Italian relates the story through letters, contracts, and other records covering Michelangelo's travels, purchase of the marble, and concerns that arose as work progressed
Artist(s):Buonarroti, Michelangelo
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 174224
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