Michelangelo Buonarroti

Michelangelo: Drawings

If there is one figure who perfectly represents the ideal of the modern artist as we know him today, it is Michelangelo. Known as il divino, this Renaissance genius dedicated his life to art in all its forms: he was a sculptor, painter, architect and poet.

Educated in the Florentine tradition, drawing was always the basis of his art and where he expressed his most intimate and personal side. This edition gives us a glimpse of that more intimate side of the artist through his strokes.

A limited edition of 8,998 numbered copies for the whole world.

Michelangelo: Drawings is an exclusive artist’s book that traces the career of the Renaissance genius through the most important and complete collection of drawings and sketches held at the British Museum.

Reflecting the purest spirit of the genius, the work is presented in a sculpture-case with a protagonist, the David: symbol of Florence, landmark in the study of anatomy and unmistakable sculpture. In this case, the figure seems to emerge liberated from the marble block, just as the artist conceived his work.

«Tireless and obsessed with perfection, he made countless drawings where he studied to exhaustion the human body, exploring its anatomy, volumetry and three-dimensionality.»

Its interior houses, on the one hand, the Art Book: a unique opportunity to access Michelangelo’s soul through 75 drawings from the British Museum collection reproduced in the greatest detail. Sketches of later works, anatomical studies or gifts for his loved ones: with each drawing we discover a new secret of the artist.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

CASE-SCULPTURE

  • Lacquered MDF wooden case + marble David sculpture. Laser engraved letters on MICHELANGELO cover.
  •  Interior: black high-density foam nest with side opening for easy extraction of the books. 8 neodymium magnets to guarantee the closing.
  •  Measures: 45 x 35 x 25 cm (height x width x depth). Case weight: 8.1 kg.
  •  Total weight of the work approx.: 12.8 kg.

ART BOOK

  • Composed of 75 drawings from the British Museum collection, reproduced in great detail and containing preparatory drawings, anatomical studies, sketches and final works.
  •  Bilingual edition, Spanish and English.
  •  168 pages.
  • Size: 28 x 38 cm.
  • Weight: 2.8 kg.

STUDY BOOK

  • It gathers the reflections and analysis of great experts in the work and figure of Michelangelo: Hugo Chapman, curator of the department of Prints & Drawings of the British Museum, Sarah Vowles, curator of Italian and French drawings and engravings, and Matthias Wivel, curator specialized in Italian paintings of the XVI century of the National Gallery of London.
  •  Monolingual edition (two versions: in English or Spanish).
  • 200 pp. g.
  • Size: 28 x 38 cm.
  • Weight: 1.9 kg.

PRODUCTION PROCESS

The binding of both volumes is done by hand. The cover of the Study Book features the face of Michelangelo’s David.

The cover of the Art Book is covered in cloth, with the artist’s signature stamped on it, and the flaps are closed with neodymium magnets. 

The 75 drawings are attached to the Art Book one by one with three glue dots. The numbering and the British Museum stamp appear on the back.

Michelangelo’s name is laser engraved on the cover of the art book case.

A mold is made based on Michelangelo’s David. This is filled with marmolina, marble powder with resin.

The figure is demolded and the last details are polished manually to obtain the image equal to the original sculpture.

The case and the figure of David are painted. The marble effect is achieved on all the pieces of the case by means of silkscreen printing.

The craftsman proceeds to the assembly of the statue on the cover of the case by means of a gluing process.

Finally, the case is ready to hold both volumes inside it in an elegant and safe manner.

Michelangelo Buonarroti

Michelangelo Buonarroti

(1475, Caprese – 1564, Roma) Sculptor, painter, architect and poet, his ability was evident from childhood, moving away from the life of a civil servant that his father wanted him to train with the best masters and patrons. Of Florentine tradition, drawing was the basis of all his art. Without a wife or descendants, his talent surrounded him with outstanding people of the time such as the Medici, kings and nobles of Europe, thinkers and many popes. In addition, he shared a generation with other great artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael.

Michelangelo worked until the day he died: his artistic legacy and his influence on the history of art are unquestionable and, today, his work continues to be admired and studied all over the world.

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