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Dialogues with Michelangelo

Dialogues with Michelangelo

By (author) Francisco de Holanda
Introduction by David Hemsoll


Publishing 27th Nov 2024
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  • Francisco de Holanda’s Dialogues record Michelangelo’s participation in art discussions hosted by Vittoria Colonna, revealing his thoughts and world as he painted The Last Judgement
Full Description

The Dialogues by Portuguese painter and writer Francisco de Holanda give unprecedented insight into the opinions, preoccupations and character of Michelangelo, already in his lifetime the most celebrated and influential artist in Europe. These Dialogues record his participation in the discussions about art hosted by Vittoria Colonna, his closest friend. Michelangelo’s opinions and ambitions during the period when he was painting The Last Judgement come vividly to life, as does the world in which he moved. No other text brings us so close to Michelangelo the artist, poet and thinker. The Dialogues are presented here in the classic translation by Charles Holroyd, painter, engraver, art historian and director of the National Gallery. The introduction by David Hemsoll situates the Dialogues in the context of Michelangelo’s career and the artistic world in Rome. Sixteen pages of illustrations include some of Michelangelo’s finest drawings, and views of the Rome he knew.

About the Author

The author, Francisco de Holanda (c. 1517-1584), was a distinguished Portuguese painter and writer who had been sent to the papal court as the artistic envoy of the Portuguese king John III. His Dialogues are a polished and thoughtful evocation of the intellectual society he found in Rome. David Hemsoll, a Renaissance art and architectural historian, teaches at the University of Birmingham. Among other specialities, he is an expert on Michelangelo and his artistic theory.

Pallas Athene
Publish date
27th Nov 2024
Paperback / softback
USA & Canada
4.53 in x 5.71 in
128 Pages
12 color, 2 b&w
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