Michelangelo and the Art of Letter Writing by Deborah ParkerMichelangelo and the Art of Letter Writing by Deborah Parker

Michelangelo and the Art of Letter Writing

byDeborah Parker

Hardcover | October 21, 2010

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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.
Title:Michelangelo and the Art of Letter WritingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:168 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.83 inPublished:October 21, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521761409

ISBN - 13:9780521761406

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Table of Contents

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.