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Thursday, 11 November 2010

Art history book of the week

Michelangelo: The Artist, the Man and his times by William Wallace (Cambridge University Press, 2009)

One can find many faults at biographies as a way to write art history. However, it remains one of the most popular forms in the field due mainly to the appeal they have to wider public.
This book achieves a lot: it is very well written and therefore easy to read, it is informative and scholarly and presents to the reader a complete view of Michelangelo and the era he lived and worked in. It's only problem is that it has few illustrations and therefore one needs to look for them elsewhere.

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