Poems and Letters
Selections, with the 1550 Vasari Life
By (author) Buonarroti Michelangelo
Edited by Anthony Mortimer
Translated by Anthony Mortimer
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Poems and Letters by Buonarroti Michelangelo
Book DescriptionMichelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) is universally celebrated as one of the greatest artists of all time, yet iconic Renaissance creator was also a prolific and gifted poet. The verses collected here are primarily devoted to love and religion. Intense and passionate, the love poems focus on two figures: Tommaso de Cavalieri and Vittoria Colonna; with the sonnets and madrigals dedicated to de Cavalieri revealing a highly charged, homoerotic fervour - previously obscured in the original versions. Michelangelo's later religious poetry moves away from his earlier worldly concerns, while his letters provide a fascinating insight into his family relations and day-to-day life as a working artist. The result is a revealing picture of one of the towering figures of the Renaissance.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140449563
(198mm x 129mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 31-May-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Buonarroti Michelangelo
Life, Letters, and Poetry, Paperback (September 2008)
The poems have been rendered into vigorous contemporary English. A selection of Michelangelo's letters, many of them to important contemporaries such as Vasari and Duke Cosimo, is accompanied by the 'Life' of the great artist written by his pupil Ascanio Condivi.
Complete Poems of Michelangelo, Paperback (May 2000)
Often overshadowed by the magnificence of his achievements as a visual artist is Michelangelo's devotion to poetry. Here is a collection of his poetic works translated to capture all the pathos, complexity, and ardor of both his language and his poetic temperament.
Sonnets of Michelangelo, Paperback (September 1995)
Originally written as letters, Michelangelo's vehement and energetic sonnets range from formal expressions of thanks to passionate arguments as they flatter patrons, address lovers, cry out to God, and reflect on art and metaphysics.
Poetry of Michelangelo, Paperback (January 1993)» View all books by Buonarroti Michelangelo
A bilingual edition of the more than 300 sonnets, madrigals and other poems produced by Michelangelo over his long career. The poems reveal much of the artist's inner feelings about such universal themes as love, death and redemption.
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Author Biography - Buonarroti Michelangelo
Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) was one of the most inspired creators in the history of art and, with Leonardo da Vinci, the most potent force in the Italian High Renaissance. As a sculptor, architect, painter, and poet, he exerted a tremendous influence on his contemporaries and on subsequent Western art in general. Anthony Mortimer was Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Lausanne and in 1994 Visiting Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Letters (1984-85) and has also directed the inter-university troisieme cycle seminar for postgraduate students of English. He is a member of the Swiss Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Anthony Mortimer's major interests are in Shakespeare, poetry of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Anglo-Italian literary relations, and verse translation.
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