Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) was already in his lifetime the most celebrated and influential artist in Europe. These dialogues record his participation in the discussions about art hosted by Vittoria Colonna, Michelangelo's closest friend (and for whom he made some of his most poignant images). Michelangelo's opinions and ambitions during the period when he was painting the "Last Judgement" come vividly to life, as does the cultivated and passionate world in which he moved. No other text brings us so close to Michelangelo the artist, poet and thinker.
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Author Biography - Francisco de Holanda
The author, Francisco de Holanda (c. 1517-84), was a distinguished Portuguese painter and writer who had been sent to Rome as the artistic envoy of the Portuguese king John III. His Dialogues are a polished and thoughtful evocation of intellectual society in sixteenth-century Rome. Unavailable for many years, they are presented here in the classic translation by Charles Holroyd, painter, engraver, art historian and director of the National Gallery. The introduction by David Hemsoll situates the Dialogues in the context of Michelangelo's career and the artistic world in Rome. 16 pages of illustrations include some of the finest drawings currently on show at the British Museum. David Hemsoll, a Renaissance art and architectural historian who works at the University of Birmingham. Among other specialities, he is an expert on Michelangelo and his artistic theory.