Discovering Michelangelo: The Art Lover's Guide to Understanding Michelangelo's Masterpieces

This exceptionally produced art book with die-cut windows and overlays identifies, decodes, and explains symbols hidden in Michelangelo’s works. Discover the full meaning behind fifty featured paintings, drawings, and sculptures in this unique volume celebrating Michelangelo. This book’s innovative design pairs stunning art reproductions with a page of die-cut windows that help the reader focus on specific aspects and features captions that highlight the most important symbols and innovations of the Renaissance’s master painter, architect, and sculptor. Learn the secrets behind famous works such as the Sistine Chapel ceiling, The Last Judgment, Doni Tondo, and David, as well as Bacchus, Battle of the Centaurs, and Bruges Madonna. Each work featured in Discovering Michelangelo: The Art Lover’s Guide to Understanding Michelangelo’s Masterpieces tells a story that becomes more fascinating as layer upon layer of symbolic meaning is revealed.

About The Author

William E. Wallace is a professor of art history at Washington University in St. Louis and is an internationally recognized authority on Michelangelo and his contemporaries. In addition to more than eighty articles and essays on Renaissance art, Wallace has written or edited six different books on Michelangelo, including Universe’s Michelangelo: The Complete Sculpture, Painting, Architecture.

  • Publish Date: September 25, 2012
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Art - Individual Artists - General
  • Publisher: Universe
  • Trim Size: 9-7/8 x 12-7/8
  • Pages: 260
  • US Price: $45.00
  • CDN Price: $45.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-7893-2443-6


“An exceptional gift for the art lover in your life, this beautiful guide combines the lush look of a coffee table book with a fascinating analysis revealing the history, symbols and secrets behind Michelangelo’s famous  artworks... Scholarly, yet totally accessible,... an innovative design that lets readers overlay each masterpiece with a page of die-cut windows and captions that focus on important details and hidden symbols. In this year of the Sistine Chapel’s 500th anniversary, no one needs to be reminded of the inspired aesthetics of Michelangelo’s works. Why not set the ceiling higher, and gain greater insight into one of the world’s greatest artists and his art.” ~Ambassador Magazine, National Italian American Foundation

"Discovering Michelangelo
met and exceeded my expectations of a book that would not only introduce the artist to a new audience, but also re-introduce works to those who thought they knew them but never knew how little they really knew. Looking through these die-cut windows at over-familiar the perfect window onto Michelangelo’s beautifully human, artistic soul.”

“This creatively constructed book uses die-cut windows and overlays with art reproductions to draw the eye to details, while captions explain everything from the background of each of the 50 works to their symbolic meanings. Wallace’s text and choice of artworks take the reader beyond the stereotypes of the David and God’s creation of Adam to a deeper understanding of the genius known as ‘Il Divino.’” ~The St. Louis Dispatch

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