Michelangelo The Drawings of a Genius

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Author: Dr. Achim Gnann Foreword: Klaus Albrecht Schröder Graphic Design: Andreas Platzgummer English 2010, 416 Pages, 286 Ills. Hardcover 306mm x 250mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-2589-7
| The Albertina’s 2010 exhibition highlight

The majestic bearing of his nudes, his accomplished treatment of the human anatomy, and his virtuosity characterize the drawings of Michelangelo (1475–1564). Masterpieces from the most distinguished museums in the world will be shown alongside treasures from the Albertina’s collection of prints, affording a unique look at the graphic oeuvre of the great Florentine artist.

This publication spans a wide range of works—from the works he created in his youth, his studies for the Battle of Cascina, the frescoes for the Sistine Chapel, to the drawings he made as gifts for Tommaso de’ Cavalieri and the later crucifixion scenes. Paintings by other artists, done after the master’s sketches, illuminate the dimension and force of his art, and show him within the context of his own time. The book also examines some critics’ doubt about the attributions of numerous drawings to Michelangelo.  (German edition ISBN 978-3-7757-2588-0)


Exhibition schedule: Albertina, Vienna , October 8, 2010–January 9, 2011