Paintings, Sculpture, Architecture

A classic piece of literature on the work and life of Michelangelo.

Ludwig Goldscheider


Price: USD$35.00

  • First published in 1953, this book remains a classic of the literature on Michelangelo (1475–1564)
  • The only volume to feature illustrations of all of his paintings, sculpture and architecture
  • Photographs depict the works in unusual, close-up detail
  • Includes a complete visual documentation of the Sistine Chapel before and after its controversial restoration


About the book

First published in 1953, this book remains a classic piece of literature on the work and life of Michelangelo (1475-1564). It continues to be the only volume to contain illustrations of all his paintings, sculpture and architecture.

The book is designed to serve both the student and the art lover: the fine quality reproductions emphatically illustrate Michelangelo's genius, while the text surveys the ideas and theses of the world's leading scholars on the painting, sculpture and architecture of Michelangelo and provides a detailed and sophisticated commentary with extensive bibliographical notes.

The exhaustive selection of plates devoted to the paintings of the Sistine Chapel provides an invaluable record of their condition before the recent controversial cleaning, while ten colour plates show some of the paintings in their restored state, offering the works to the reader's eye for close discrimination.

In The Press
'The book yields a stimulating overall view of Michelangelo's religious and artistic journey, full of terribilità and beauty, which is enriched and enlivened by the messages from easily missed details, including ornamental marks, significant expressions and expressive gestures.' (The Tablet)

About the author(s)
Ludwig Goldscheider (1896-1973) was a distinguished art historian and book designer, and co-founder of Phaidon Press in Vienna in 1923.


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