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Michelangelo: His Epic Life


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A new biography of Michelangelo by the acclaimed author of Constable in Love and The Yellow House.

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Martin Gayford has been art critic of the Spectator and the Sunday Telegraph. He is currently Chief European art critic for Bloomberg. Among his publications are- A Bigger Message- Conversations with David Hockney, Man with a Blue Scarf- On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud, Constable in Love- Love, Landscape, Money and the Making of a Great Painter, The Yellow House- Van Gogh, Gauguin and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles, The Penguin Book of Art Writing, of which he was co-editor, and contributions to many catalogues. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and two children.


An absorbing book, beautifully told and with the writer fully in command of a huge body of research -- Philip Hensher * Mail on Sunday *
One of our most distinguished writers on what makes modern artists tick . . . It is very difficult to cut through the thicket of generations of scholarship and say anything new about David, the Sistine Chapel, The Last Judgement, the Basilica of St Peter's or many of Michelangelo's other masterpieces, but Gayford manages to do so by encouraging us to think - and look - at both the obvious and the overlooked * Sunday Telegraph *
It is a measure of [Michelangelo's] magnitude, and Gayford's skill in capturing it, that you finish this book wishing that Michelangelo had lived longer and created more -- Rachel Spence * FT *
Only the most ambitious biographer can take on the talent of Michelangelo Buonarroti * The Times *

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