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Discovering Michelangelo


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William E. Wallace is a professor of art history at Washington University in St. Louis and is an internationally recognized authority on Michelangelo and his contemporaries. In addition to more than eighty articles and essays on Renaissance art, Wallace has written or edited six different books on Michelangelo, including Universe's Michelangelo: The Complete Sculpture, Painting, Architecture.


"An exceptional gift for the art lover in your life, this beautiful guide combines the lush look of a coffee table book with a fascinating analysis revealing the history, symbols and secrets behind Michelangelo's famous artworks... Scholarly, yet totally accessible, ... an innovative design that lets readers overlay each masterpiece with a page of die-cut windows and captions that focus on important details and hidden symbols. In this year of the Sistine Chapel's 500th anniversary, no one needs to be reminded of the inspired aesthetics of Michelangelo's works. Why not set the ceiling higher, and gain greater insight into one of the world's greatest artists and his art." Ambassador Magazine, National Italian American Foundation

"Discovering Michelangelo met and exceeded my expectations of a book that would not only introduce the artist to a new audience, but also re-introduce works to those who thought they knew them but never knew how little they really knew. Looking through these die-cut windows at over-familiar the perfect window onto Michelangelo's beautifully human, artistic soul."

"This creatively constructed book uses die-cut windows and overlays with art reproductions to draw the eye to details, while captions explain everything from the background of each of the 50 works to their symbolic meanings. Wallace's text and choice of artworks take the reader beyond the stereotypes of the David and God's creation of Adam to a deeper understanding of the genius known as 'Il Divino.'" The St. Louis Dispatch

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