London: Peter Owen, . First edition. Second impression. Finely bound in the Cosway style by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in full crushed red morocco, with intricate gilt floral stamping to spine, five raised bands and the initials of Ohio collector B. C. Hoffman at foot. Gilt framed square portrait of the Virgin Mary under glass set into front board. Purple silk-moire end papers, with some offsetting to edges. Blue morocco doublures with gilt insignia (front). All edges gilt. Stamped by Sangorski and Sutcliffe on the front turn-in. Internally pleasing, with a bit of foxing to the preliminaries else fresh. Containing 32 pages of photographic plates at the rear. A beautiful copy celebrating the life and works of the great Renaissance artist Michelangelo.
From its opening pages, Saponaro's biography makes a clear argument that Michelangelo was the most talented and influential artist of the Italian Renaissance. Comparing the Flight from Egypt with the artist's own birth and emigration, Saponaro urges readers to see that like Christ himself, Michelangelo was marked for greatness from the start. Drawn from humble beginnings as the son of a stone-cutter, he would develop into a master painter and sculptor, ultimately gaining the most powerful patron of all: the Pope and his Church. Richards' poetic translation captures the imagination, giving the biography an almost novelistic feel. Yet as the narrative concludes with Michelangelo's death and interment in Florence, a series of 32 photographic plates of his greatest work serve as a visible reminder of his very real place in Western history. An exceptional copy celebrating the master's life and work. Near Fine (Item #3101)