A Brief General Bibliography for Michelangelo




N.B. This page is reserved for general discussions of the works of Michelangelo; his life, and aspects other than individual works. These are treated on the bibliography pages of the individual projects. Titles are listed by date of publication.
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Antonio Forcellino. Michelangelo: A Tormented Life. Polity, 2011.

Klaus Albrecht Schroder (Author), Achim Gnann (Editor). . Michelangelo: The Drawings of a Genius. Hatje Cantz, 2011. The catalogue of a major exhibition in Vienna.

William E. Wallace. Michelangelo: The Artist, the Man and his Times. Cambridge U. Press, 2011.

Leonard Barkan. Michelangelo: A Life on Paper. Princeton, 2010.

Claudio Crescentini, Sarah Cunningham, et al. Michelangelo scultore: lo sguardo indiscreto. Rome, 2010.

Michael Hirst. Michelangelo: The Achievement of Fame, 1475-1534. [vol. 1] New Haven and London, 2010.
Book Review: Paul Barolsky. How Not to Write the Biography of Michelangelo. A bit critical, perhaps. Includes passages from Condivi.
Book Review: David Ekserdjian. The Art Newspaper. Published online: 02 July 2012
Book Review: James Hall. The Wall Street Journal. March 3, 2012

John T. Spike. Young Michelangelo: The Path to the Sistine: A Biography. London, 2011.
Book Review: Martin Herbert. The Telegraph. 18 February 2011.
Book Review: Ann Landi. Art News. "POSTED 01/01/11." Nicely illustrated by Raphael's School of Athens.
Author's Web site: John T. Spike

Piers Dominic Britton. "Michelangelo and the rerum corporis in Vasari's Vite: the limits of physiognomy." Source, 28 (2009), 3: 13-18.

Andrew Graham-Dixon. Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel. Skyhorse Pubs, 2009.

Frank Zoellner. Michelangelo: The Complete Sculpture, Painting, Architecture. New York, 2009.

William E. Wallace. Michelangelo: The Complete Sculpture, Painting, Architecture. New York, 2009.

Cammy Brothers. Michelangelo, Drawing, and the Invention of Architecture. New Haven, 2008.

Paul Joannides. The Drawings of Michelangelo and His Followers in the Ashmolean Museum. Cambridge Univ. Press, 2008.
Book Review: Duke Pesta. Renaissance Quarterly. Vol. LXI, no. 1 (Spring, 2008): 162-163.

Mary Bergstein. "Freud's Moses of Michelangelo: Vasari, Photography, and Art historical Practice." The Art Bulletin. Vol. LXXXVIII. no. 1 (March, 2006): 158-176.

Hugh Chapman. Michelangelo. New Haven, 2006.

Una Roman D'Elia. "Drawing Christ's Blood." Renaissance Quarterly. Vol.LIX, no. 1 (Spring 2006): 90-129.

Ascanio Condivi. Charles Holroyd (Translator), Dr. Charles Robertson (Foreword). The Life of Michelangelo. Pallas Athene, 2007.

Hugo Chapman. Michelangelo Drawings: Closer to the Master. New Haven, 2005.
Book Review: Patricia Emison. Renaissance Quarterly. Vol. LIX, no. 2 (Summer, 2006): 508-509. "...this is, quite simply, the best availale volume on Michelangelo..." (508)

Cristina Acidini Luchinat. Michelangelo Scultore. Milan, 2005.
Book Review: Jonathan K. Nelson. Renaissance Quarterly. Vol. LX, no. 2 (Summer, 2007): 539-540.

Eric Scigliano. Michelangelo's Mountain: The Quest For Perfection in the Marble Quarries of Carrara. A very knowledgable exploration by the author, whose family worked in the quarries.

Patricia A. Emison. Creating the "Divine" Artist from Dante to Michelangelo. Leiden and Boston, 2004.
Book Review: Robert W. Gaston. Renaissance Quarterly. Vol. LVIII, no. 1 (Spring, 2005): 197-198.

David Franklin, ed. Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and the Renaissance in Florence. Yale University Press, 2005.
Book Review: Melinda Hegarty. Renaissance Quarterly. Vol. LIX, no. 2 (Summer, 2006): 508-509. "This catalogue memorializes an ambitious, highly significant exhibition which challenged our perceptions of the nature of art in Florence in the first half of the sixteenth century". (508)

Deborah Parker. "The Role of Letters in Biographies of Michelangelo." Renaissance Studies. Vol. LVIII, no. 1 (Spring 2005): 91-126.

Frank Bruni. The Warts on Michelangelo: The Man Was a Miser NY Times, January 21, 2003. Supposed relevations about how Michelangelo was not a perfect person.

Alan P. Darr, ed. The Medici, Michelangelo, and the Art of Late Renaissance Florence. New Haven and London, 2002.
Book Review: Evelyn Welch. Renaissance Quarterly. Vol. LVII, no. 1 (Spring, 2004): 206-207.

Francis Ames-Lewis and Paul Joannides, eds. Reactions to the Master: Michelangelo's Effect on Art and Artists in the Sixteenth Century. Aldershot, 2003.
Book Review: Bernadine Barnes, Renaissance Quarterly. Vol. LVII, no. 3 (Fall, 2004): 993-995.

Rab Hatfield, "The High End: Michelangelo's Earnings" form The Art Market in Italy, 15th-17th Centuries. Marcello Fantoni, Louisa C. Matthew and Sara F. Matthews-Grieco eds. Ferrara, 2003: 195-201.

Franca Falletti and Jonathan Katz Nelson, eds. Venere e Amore: Michelangelo e la nuova bellezza ideale = Venus and love: Michelangelo and the new ideal of beauty. Florence, 2002.

Rona Goffen. Renaissance Rivals: Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, Titian. New Haven, Yale University Press, 2002.
Book Review: Marcia Hall. Renaissance Quarterly. Vol. LVII, no. 1 (Spring, 2004): 200-201.

Stephen J. Campbell. "Fare una Cosa Morta Parer Viva": Michelangelo, Rooso, and the (Un)Divinity of Art." The Art Bulletin. Vol. LXXXIV, no. 4 (December, 2002): 596-620.

Timothy Clifford. "A candelabrum by Michelangelo: a discovery at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York." Apollo. Vol. 156 (2002) No. 487: 30-40.

Rab Hatfield. The Wealth of Michelangelo. Rome, 2002.
Book Review: Julia DeLancey. Renaissance Quarterly. Vol. LVII, no. 1 (Spring, 2004): 207-209.

Fredrika Jacobs. "(Dis)assembling Marsyas, Michelangelo, and the Accademia del Disegno." Art Bulletin. Vol.LXXXIV no.3 (September, 2002): 426-448.

Paul Barolsky. "Michelangelo and the image of the artist as prince." In: Basilike eikon. Roy Eriksen, ed. (Collana di studi sul Rinascimento: 4) 2001: 30-35.

Ralph Lieberman. "Regarding Michelangelo's Bacchus." Artibus et historiae vol. 43 (2001): 65-74.

Letizia Treves. "Daniele da Volterra and Michelangelo: a collaborative relationship." Apollo. Vol. 154 (2001) No. 474: 36-45.

Michelangelo and John Frederick Nims. The Complete Poems of Michelangelo. Chicago, 2000.

Alexander Nagel. Michelangelo and the Reform of Art. Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Fredrika H. Jacobs. "Aretino and Micchelangelo, Dolce and Titian: Femmina, Masculo, Grazia." Art Bulletin 82 (2000): 51-67.

James H. Beck. Three worlds of Michelangelo. New York, 1999.

Kathleen Weil-Garris Brandt, Cristina Acidini Luchinat, et al, eds. Giovinezza di Michelangelo. Florence, 1999. N.B. There are many reviews of this exhibition available.

Rupert Hodson. Michelangelo: Sculptor. Philio Wilson Pubs, 1999.

James M. Saslow. "Michelangelo: sculpture, sex, and gender." In: Looking at Italian Renaissance sculpture. Sarah Blake MacHam, editor. 1999: 223-245.

George Bull. Michelangelo: A Biography. St Martin's Griffin, 1998.

Michelangelo Buonarrati. The Complete Poems of Michelangelo. U. of Chicago Press, 1998.
Book Review: James M. Saslow. Renaissance Quarterly. Vol. LII no. 3 (Autumn, 1999): 871-874.

Christopher Ryan. The Poetry of Michelangelo: An Introduction.
Book Review: James M. Saslow. Renaissance Quarterly. Vol. LII no. 3 (Autumn, 1999): 871-874.

Joanne Snow-Smith. "Michelangelo's Christian neoplatonic aesthetic of beauty in his early >i>oeuvre: the nuditas virtualis image." In: Concepts of Beauty in Renaissance Art. Ed. by Francis Ames-Lewis and Mary Rogers. Aldershot, 1998: 147-163.

William E. Wallace. Michelangelo: the complete sculpture, painting, architecture. Levin [sic] 1998.

William E. Wallace. "A Week in the Life of Michelangelo." from Looking at Italian Renaissance Sculpture. Sarah Blake McHam ed., Cambridge, 1998: 203-222.

Charles de Tolnay, et al. The Complete work of Michelangelo. New York, 1997.

Pierluigi De Vecchi and Gianluigi Colalucci. Michelangelo: The Vatican Frescoes. Abbeville Press, 1997.

Lisa Pon. "Michelangelo's Lives: sixteenth-century books by Vasari, Condivi, and others." The sixteenth century journal. Vol. 27 (1997): 1015-1037.

James S. Ackerman. The architecture of Michelangelo. With a catalogue of Michelangelo's works by James S. Ackerman and John Newman. 2. ed. (1986), reprinted London, Penguin Books, 1995.

Michael H. Duffy. "Michelangelo and the Sublime in Romantic Art Criticism." Journal of the History of Ideas. Vol. 56, No. 2 (April, 1995): 217-238.

Don Riggs. "Was Michelangelo Born under Saturn?" The Sixteenth Century Journal. Vol. 26, No. 1 (Spring, 1995): 99-121.

William Wallace, ed. Michelangelo: Selected scholarship in English. 4 vols. Hamden, CT, 1995.

Creighton Gilbert. Michelangelo on and off the Sistine Ceiling. New York, 1994.

William E. Wallace. Michelangelo at San Lorenzo: The Genius as Entrepreneur. Cambridge Univ. Press, 1994.

Alexander Perrig. Michelangelo's Drawings: The Science of Attribution. New Haven, 1991.
Book Review: William E. Wallace. Renaissance Quarterly. Vol. XLV, no. 4 (Winter, 1992): 857-859.

Leo Steinberg. "Who's Who in Michelangelo's 'Creation of Adam': A Chronology of the Picture's Reluctant Self-Revelation." Art Bulletin. 74 (1992): 552-66.

Yael Even. "The Heroine as Hero in Michelangelo's Art." Women's Art Journal. 11 (1990): 29-33.

Michael Hirst. Michelangelo and His Drawings. [paperback] New Haven and London, 1990.

Serafina Hager, ed. Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael in Renaissance Florence from 1500 to 1508. Washington, D. C., 1992. "Papers from a symposium sponsored by Georgetown University and held at the Charles Augustus Strong Center at Villa Le Balze in Fiesole, Italy on June 14, 1989."

Leo Steinberg. "Animadversions: Michelangelo's Florentine Pietà: The Missing Leg Twenty Years After." Art Bulletin. 71 (1989): 480-505.

Craig Hugh Smyth, ed. Michelangelo Drawings. Washington, National Gallery of Art, 1992. "Proceedings of the symposium 'Michelangelo drawings,' sponsored by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, 7-8 October 1988."

Paola Barocchi, Katherine Loach Bramanti, and Renzo Ristori, eds. Il Carteggio indiretto di Michelangelo. 2 vols. Florence, 1988-1995.

Michael Hirst. "Michelangelo and his First Biographers." Proceedings of the British Academy: Letters and Memoirs. 94 (1986), 63-84.

Howard Hibbard and Shirley Hibbard. Michelangelo. Cambridge and Philadelphia, 2nd ed., 1985.

Caterina Pirina. "Michelangelo and the Music and Mathematics of his time." The Art Bulletin. Vol LXVII, no. 3 (September, 1985): 368-382.

Raffaello e Michelangelo. Anna Forlani Tempesti, ed. Exhib. catalogue. Florence, Casa Buonarroti. Florence, 1984.

Paola Barocchi and Renzo Ristori, eds. Il Carteggio di Michelangelo. 5 vols., Florence, 1963-1983.

Michelangelo Life Drawings. Dover Fine Art, History of Art, 1980.

Leo Steinberg. "A Corner of the Last Judgment." Daedalus. 109 (1980): 207-73.

Johannes Wilde. Six Lectures on Michelangelo. Oxford U. Press, 1979.

Leo Steinberg. "Michelangelo's Last Judgment as Merciful Heresy. Art in America. 63 (1975): 49-65.

Charles de Tolnay. Michelangelo; sculptor, painter, architect. Princeton. 1965; 1975.

Paolo Carpeggiani, ed. Michelangelo Buonarroti e il Veneto: mostra didattica. Padua, 1975.

Luitpold Dussler, ed. Michelangelo-Bibliographie, 1927-1970. Wiesbaden, 1974.

Lucilla Bardeschi Ciulich and Paola Barocchi, eds. I ricordi di Michelangelo. Florence, 1970.

Leo Steinberg. "Metaphors of Love and Birth in Michelangelo's Piet`as. " In: Studies in Erotic Art. Theodore Bowie, ed. New York, 1970.

Charles de Tolnay. Casa Buonarroti: the sculptures of Michelangelo and the family collections. Die Casa Buonarroti: die Skulpturen des Michelangelo und die Sammlungen der Familie. Florence, 1970.

Leo Steinberg. "Michelangelo's Florentine Pietà: The Missing Leg." Art Bulletin. 50 (1968): 343-53.

Ernst Steinman, ed., et al. Michelangelo Bibliographie I, 1510-1926. Hildesheim, 1967.

Michelangelo Buonarroti. Il Carteggio di Michelangelo Edizione postuma di Giovanni Poggi, a cura di Paola Barocchi e Renzo Ristori [eds.] 1965.

Charles de Tolnay. The Art and Thought of Michelangelo. Werk und Weltbild des Michelangelo. New York, 1964.

Paola Barocchi. Michelangelo e la sua scuola: i disegni dell'Archivio Buonarroti. Florence, 1964.
Book Review: Michael Hirst. The Burlington Magazine. Vol. 105, no. 721 (April, 1963 [sic]): 166-171.

Paola Barocchi. Giorgio Vasari: la vita di Michelangelo nella redazione del 1550 e del 1568. 5 vols. Milan and Naples, 1962.

Paola Barocchi. Mostra di disegni di Michelangelo. (Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi. Cataloghi. no. 13.). Florence, 1961.

Eugenio Battisti. "La critica a Michelangelo primo del Vasari." Rinascimento. 5 (1954), 117-132.

Charles de Tolnay. Michelangiolo: con 402 tavole fuori testo. Florence, 1951.

Giovanni Papini. Vita di Michelangiolo nella vita del suo tempo. Milan, 1949.

Robert J. Clements. "Michelangelo and the Doctrine of Imitation." Italica, 23 (1946), 90-99.

Charles de Tolnay. Michelangelo. Princeton, 1943ff. 5 vols: 1. Youth of Michelangelo (1941); 2. The Sistine ceiling (1945); 3. The Medici Chapel (1948); 4. The tomb of Julius II (1954); 5. The final period: Last Judgment, Frescoes of the Pauline Chapel, Last Pietas, 1960 (vol. 5). (1960). [listed under these areas on this bibliography]

Adolfo Venturi. Michelangelo. 2nd ed. Milan, 1943.

A. Venturi. Storia dell'Arte Italiana. [1901-1940] Vol. Xl: pt. II (Architettura del Cinquecento), 1-211.

John Addington Symonds. The Life of Michelangelo. 2 vols. London, 1893.

Ascanio Condivi. Vita di Michelagnolo Buonarroti. Some editions: E. Spina Barilla, ed., Milan, 1964; Helmut Wohl, ed., London, 1976; (Tabulae Artium 2) Giovanni Nencioni, ed. [Florence 1998]



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