Michelangelo's most productive years were his last 20--from age 70 to 89. Simon Callow's magnificent basso profundo voice recounts the many projects this prolific sculptor, artist, and architect designed and executed. Callow's gravelly voice reaches even deeper tones as he reads from the irascible Michelangelo's letters, poems, and journals. From St. Peter's Basilica to statues of Leah and Rachel, from fresco to stone cutting, listeners learn of Michelangelo's boundless energy and creativity. His dealings with Vasari, author of LIVES OF THE ARTISTS, other artists, popes, and the Medici are deftly delivered in a variety of tenor tones, while Catherine de' Medici is a definite contralto. Callow uses sotto voce for explanatory asides and footnotes, each word illuminating the multifaceted accomplishments of this renowned Renaissance artist. NOTE: A PDF with black-and-white photographs of Michelangelo's sculptures and architecture is included. M.B.K. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2019]
Digital Download Princeton University Press 2019
DD ISBN $20.97
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