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The Lost Battles By Jonathan Jones

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A riveting re-creation of the moment when Michelangelo and Leonardo went head-to-head to compete for a commission in sixteenth-century Florence

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The Lost Battles: Leonardo, Michelangelo and the Artistic Duel that Defined the Renaissance by Jonathan Jones

Michelangelo and Leonardo lived five centuries ago, but their works still obsess our culture, with a popular and universal quality that nothing else matches.

They have been equally revered and famous since their lifetimes, but our admiration for them exists mostly in isolation of each other. But in 1504 they competed with each other directly, to paint the walls of a room in Florence's Palazzo Vecchio. It is remarkable enough that the same city had produced two such geniuses in the same century -- let alone that they met and exhibited together. But this competition, perhaps the most important event in the history of Renaissance art, the moment at which individual style came to command its own value, has been largely forgotten because the rival works did not survive.

This great artistic clash, Jonathan Jones argues in this riveting account, marks the true beginning of the High Renaissance. Re-creating sixteenth-century Florence with astonishing verve and aplomb, THE LOST BATTLES not only sheds new light on the making of the modern world but, in its portrait of two cultural titans going toe to toe, rewires our understanding of the personalities of the Renaissance's greatest icons.

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About Jonathan Jones


Jonathan Jones is the art critic of the Guardian. He appears in the BBC television series Private Life of a Masterpiece and gives talks at the Tate and other galleries. In 2009 he was a judge for the Turner Prize. Jonathan lives in London with his wife and daughter.

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GOR010731766
The Lost Battles: Leonardo, Michelangelo and the Artistic Duel that Defined the Renaissance by Jonathan Jones
Jonathan Jones
Used - Like New
Paperback
Simon & Schuster
2011-03-31
368
1416526056
9781416526056
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