MichelangeloGiulio Carlo Argan and Bruno Contardi with photographs by Gabriele Basilico

Definitive account of the architectural work of the great Renaissance artist Michelangelo (1475–1564). This monograph presents 31 of his projects, some built, some unrealized, beginning with his early works in Rome at the start of the 16th–century. The book continues with his work in Florence between 1516 and 1534, including the Laurentian Library, and finally the major Roman projects from 1534 to 1564, among them St. Peter's, the Porta Pia, and Santa Maria degli Angeli. Authors Giulio Carlo Argan and Bruno Contardi analyse the artist's complex relations with his papal and Medici patrons and discuss Michelangelo’s unconventional interpretation of the classical language of architecture. The book reproduces many annotated sketches, pen–and–ink studies, plans and renderings, along with rich black–and–white photographs of the buildings taken by leading fine art photographer Gabriele Basilico. Specifications:

  • Format: Paperback
  • Size: 280 × 250 mm (11 × 9 7/8 in)
  • Pages: 388 pp
  • Illustrations: 622 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781780750057

Giulio Carlo Argan (1902–1992) was an Italian art and architecture historian and critic. He taught at the University of Palermo in the mid–1950s and moved to Rome in 1959, where he was a professor at the University of Rome. He was the author of several classic works of art history, including History of Italian Art, The Baroque Age, and Brunelleschi.

Bruno Contardi (1952–1999) was a curator and arts administrator, and Milan's Superintendent of Artistic and Historical Works.

Gabriele Basilico (b.1944) trained as an architect and is one of Italy's leading fine art photographers.