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Michelangelo: Sculptor in Bronze
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Victoria Avery
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Michelangelo: Sculptor in Bronze

Victoria Avery


Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd

Art & Architecture;
Conservation, restoration & care of artworks;
Renaissance art;
Individual artists, art monographs


320 pages

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Michelangelo (1475-1564) is one of the most important and influential artists in the history of art. Documented as a sculptor who worked in a variety of media, his production in bronze has, until recently, proved elusive. However, in 2015 an international team of experts proposed that a pair of stunning male nude figures astride ferocious felines, known as the Rothschild bronzes, should be ascribed to Michelangelo and dated to the early 1500s. These enigmatic and visually-striking bronze masterpieces are the focal point of this multi-authored, interdisciplinary volume, which seeks to reassess Michelangelo's work in bronze and contextualise it within the rest of his output. It contains ground-breaking contributions by leading international experts in the field of art history, anatomy, conservation science and bronze-casting.

Edited by:   Victoria Avery
Imprint:   Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 280mm,  Width: 230mm, 
ISBN:   9781781300633
ISBN 10:   1781300631
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   April 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Victoria Avery (BA, MA, PhD, University of Cambridge) has been Keeper of Applied Arts at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, since 2010, prior to which she was Associate Professor in the History of Art Department, University of Warwick (2005?10). She has researched, lectured and published extensively on Italian Renaissance sculpture, most recently co-authoring with Paul Joannides, A Michelangelo Discovery (2015). She was awarded the Premio Salimbeni 2012 for her British Academy-funded monograph, Vulcan's Forge in Venus' City: The Story of Bronze in Venice, 1350?1650 (2011) and has also published on various aspects of the applied arts, including the co-authored Fitzwilliam Museum exhibition catalogue, Treasured Possessions from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment (PWP, 2015).

'This book is a game-changer. It provides a completely new - and indeed long overdue -integrated interdisciplinary approach to Michelangelo studies. It proves what can be achieved when there is genuine collaboration between internationally-regarded experts in fields as diverse as art history, conservation science, anatomy and technical archaeology.' Eike Schmidt, Director of the Uffizi, Florence

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