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Michelangelo and the Art of Letter Writing

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Deborah Parker examines Michelangelo's use of language in his correspondence as a means of understanding the creative process of this extraordinary artist.
Michelangelo and the Art of Letter Writing
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Michelangelo's extant correspondence is the most abundant of any artist. Spanning 67 years, it comprises roughly 1,400 letters, of which 500 were written by Michelangelo himself. Biographers and art historians have combed the letters for insight into Michelangelo's views on art, his contractual obligations, and his relationships. Literary scholars have explored parallels between the letters and Michelangelo's poetry. Nevertheless, this is the first book to study the letters for their intrinsically literary qualities. In this volume, Deborah Parker examines Michelangelo's use of language as a means of understanding the creative process of this extraordinary artist. His letters often revel in witticisms, rhetorical flourishes, and linguistic ingenuity. Close study of his mastery of words and modes of self-presentation shows Michelangelo to be a consummate artist who deploys the resources of language to considerable effect.
Deborah Parker is Professor of Italian at the University of Virginia. She has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Villa I Tatti - the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, as well as numerous others. The author of many articles, as well as the book Bronzino: Renaissance Painter as Poet (Cambridge University Press, 2000).
Introduction; 1. The role of letters in biographies of Michelangelo; 2. From word to image: epistolary rhetoric and artistic form; 3. From experience to expression: representations of captivity in Michelangelo's art, poetry, and letters; 4. Michelangelo's words: saying, doing, meaning.
'Offers perceptive and intriguing analyses of the style and handwriting used in Michelangelo's letters, and in some of his poems ... interesting and persuasive.' Literary Review
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
2010
ISBN-10
0521761409
ISBN-13
9780521761406
Format
Hardcover
Author
Deborah Parker
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication
Cambridge
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
DEWEY
856.3
Illustrations
23 b/w illus.
Media
Book
Short Title
MICHELANGELO & THE ART OF LETT
Language
English
Pages
168
Publication Date
2010-10-21
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