Il Gigante: Michelangelo, Florence, and the David 1492-1504

Il Gigante: Michelangelo, Florence, and the David 1492-1504

Anton Gill

Language: English

Pages: 352

ISBN: 0312314434

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

At the turn of the 16th century, Italy was a turbulent territory made up of independent states, each at war with or intriguing against its neighbor. There were the proud, cultivated, and degenerate Sforzas in Milan, and in Rome, the corrupt Spanish family of the Borgia whose head, Rodrigo, ascended to St Peter's throne as Pope Alexander VI. In Florence, a golden age of culture and sophistication ended with the death of the greatest of the Medici family, Lorenzo the Magnificent, giving way to an era of uncertainty, cruelty, and religious fundamentalism.

In the midst of this turmoil, there existed the greatest concentration of artists that Europe has ever known. Influenced by the rediscovery of the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome, artists and thinkers such as Botticelli and da Vinci threw off the shackles of the Middle Ages to produce one of the most creative periods in history - the Renaissance.

This is the story of twelve years when war, plague, famine, and chaos made their mark on a volatile Italy, and when a young, erratic genius, Michelangelo Buonarroti, made his first great statue - the David. It was to become a symbol not only of the independence and defiance of the city of Florence but also of the tortured soul who created it. This is a wonderful history of the artist, his times, and one of his most magnificent works.

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The Traveling Artist in the Italian Renaissance: Geography, Mobility, and Style

Cuban Artists Across the Diaspora: Setting the Tent Against the House

Allan Kaprow, Robert Smithson, and the Limits to Art

In Praise of the Backside











the Bargello. Mohammed and Lorenzo were on friendly terms, and at the former’s request the latter sent him a number of Florentine craftsmen skilled in intarsia work. The ruin of the Pazzi family was complete: their name was blotted out, their emblem – the dolphin – everywhere torn down, and their property was seized by the state. Sandro Botticelli was commissioned to paint a picture of each of the conspirators in their death throes, for which he was paid forty florins each, and these were

being done … and resolved to save us from our errors. So he decided to send into the world an artist who would be skilled in each and every craft, whose work alone would teach us how to attain perfection in design … and how to use right judgment in sculpture … Moreover, he determined to give this artist the knowledge of true moral philosophy and the gift of poetic expression, so that everyone might admire and follow him as their perfect exemplar in life, work, and behaviour, and in every

ahead; but at last everything was made ready. Then, out of an already louring sky, a thunderstorm broke. This might have been seen as divine intervention on the part of both the Dominicans and the Franciscans, but as it caused the ordeal to be called off, the mob was furious. The next day was Palm Sunday, and the congregation that had gathered in the cathedral to hear a sermon by a Dominican monk was set upon by an angry crowd. Pursued by the mob, the adherents of Savonarola fled to San Marco,

treaty with France and King Ferdinand of Spain, agreeing to the division of Naples between those two countries. This he did to counter the machinations of some of the major Roman families, principally the Orsini, and the Colonna, whose intrigues were always supported by Naples. A French army marched to Rome and pitched camp outside the city, where it was joined by Cesare Borgia and his forces. The combined operation wasted no time in attacking Naples. There was no opposition, and King Federigo

displays itself so weak Confronted with a world so full of snares, It is no wonder that my flesh should break When it first stumbles on such furious fires. With glorious art – that gift received from heaven – That conquers nature and in every way Clings to all human longing and desire; If such a gift I truly have been given And yet, divided, torn, still burn and stray, He is to blame who fashioned me for fire. Michelangelo Select Bibliography AGNES ALLEN: The Story of Michelangelo,

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