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How much do we really know about Michelangelo? Conflicting viewpoints and much confusion surround many aspects of the Renaissance artist's life and art; myth and legend so envelop him that he sometimes seems more like a caricature than a complete human being. Despite a familiarity with some of his works, aspects of Michelangelo's art and life remain open to interpretation. 

In The Genius of Michelangelo, internationally recognized Michelangelo expert and award-winning Professor of Art History William E. Wallace gives you a comprehensive perspective on one of history's greatest artists, unavailable in any other course. Drawing on a vast command of artistic knowledge and period detail, these 36 intellectually rewarding and dazzling lectures explore the relationship between truth and legend to reveal a groundbreaking new picture of Michelangelo as an artist, a businessman, an aristocrat, and a genius. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2007 The Great Courses (P)2007 The Teaching Company, LLC

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This is an excellent program and story of Michelangelo's life. William Wallace has dedicated his life to studying Michelangelo and has a very approachable style when presenting the story. It is very good. However, I am only giving the book 4 stars for one reason. This program is the audio tracks to a video course by The Great Courses. The author references visual examples extensively, which in a video program is understandable and expected. In an audio only course, we miss out on seeing the images. There is a work-around if you are ambitious. The booklet that comes with the program has a good outline of each lecture. At the end of each chapter, there is a list of all the images references in the lecture. If you have the book and do internet searches for the images you can see what the author was describing.

If I was reviewing the video program, I would give this an unqualified 5 stars. Since it is only the audio, I give it a qualified 4 stars.

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NO ART

I love this class and was thrilled to see an extensive accompanying PDF. However the PDF does not contain any of the art discussed during the class!
This is a huge oversight and renders this class virtually mute as a source for visual art education.

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Thorough retelling of artists work, life and legacy. Audio clips and an extensive PDF guide augment audio well.