The Life of Michael Angelo

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The Life of Michael Angelo  (1912) 
by Romain Rolland, translated by Frederic Lees


THE LIFE OF

MICHAEL ANGELO

BY ROMAIN ROLLAND

AUTHOR OF “JOHN CHRISTOPHER” ETC.


TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH
BY FREDERIC LEES




ILLUSTRATED




NEW YORK

E. P. DUTTON AND COMPANY

1912

BALLANTYNE & COMPANY LTD
Tavistock Street Covent Garden
London England

CONTENTS
 
page
Preface v
Introduction 3
PART I—THE STRUGGLE
III Strength 23
III Shattered Strength 50
III Despair 70
PART II—ABDICATION
III Love 91
III Faith 125
III Solitude 149
EPILOGUE
Death 165
APPENDIX
Part II Poems by Michael Angelo   175
Part II Bibliography 192
Index 197

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
 

facing
page

Frontispiece Portrait of Michael Angelo
 Attributed to Marcello Venusti

Tomb of Giuliano de’ Medici
 In the Medici Chapel, San Lorenzo, Florence
12
The Battle of the Centaurs
 Unfinished bas-relief in the Galleria Buonarroti, Florence
24
Pieta
 St. Peter’s, Rome
28
David
 Academy of Fine Arts, Florence
30
The Holy Family
 In the Uffizi, Florence
34
The Prophet Jeremiah
 In the Sistine Chapel
42
Decorative Figure
 In the Sistine Chapel
48
The Slave
 From the statue in the Louvre
54
God Creating the Sun and Moon
 In the Sistine Chapel
60
Monument of Lorenzo de’ Medici
 Medici Chapel, San Lorenzo, Florence
64
The Creation of Man
 In the Sistine Chapel
68
The Erythræan Sybil
 From the Sistine Chapel
74
The Libyan Sybil
 From the Sistine Chapel
80
Victory
 From the group in the National Museum, Florence
84
Christ Condemning the Wicked
 Fragment of “The Last Judgement,” in the Sistine Chapel
92
Young Woman Wearing a Helmet
 From the drawing in the Uffizi Gallery
100
The Resurrection
 From a drawing in the Louvre
112
The Resurrection
 From a drawing in the British Museum
116
Charon’s Boat
 Fragment of “The Last Judgment” in the Sistine Chapel
120
Moses (Tomb of Julius II)
 San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome
124
Original Model (in wood) of the Dome of St. Peter’s
 In the Vatican
128
The Descent from the Cross
 From the group in the Cathedral, Florence
130
Jesse
 In the Sistine Chapel
146