Michelangelo. Triumph of the Body
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Triumph of the Body. Michelangelo and Sixteenth-century Italian Draughtsmanship
This exhibition catalogue is intended primarily for the general public. For this reason, the aouthors have refrained from debating the sophisticated questions of attribution regarding individual drawings, which are often difficult even for experts to unravel. Similarly, it was not their aim to discuss the uncertainties of dating specific works of art. Their objective was to set the drawings in the broader historical, social, political, or economic context of the period, and the main concern was to address the question of how the cult of Michelangelo, which still influences our judgement of his oeuvre, first manifested itself during his lifetime.
Michelangelo was ‘an exemplar sent by God to the men of our arts’. Thus wrote his contemporary, Giorgio Vasari, who promulgated the idea of Michelangelo as ‘divine’, an epithet that has endured ever since. The legend of Michelangelo as heroic genius, constantly blazing new trails and achieving superhuman feats, was born through Vasari’s quill. While the reality about the artist behind the myth grows ever clearer, Vasari’s words still resound with the ring of truth, for through his exceptionally long career, Michelangelo exerted an influence on generations of artists.
|Author||Marco Simone BOLZONI, Sir Timothy CLIFFORD, Paul JOANNIDES, Zoltán KÁRPÁTI, William E. WALLACE|
|Publisher||Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest|
|Pages and Illustartions||440 p., with colourful illustration|