Easton Press (EP) has published a number of nicely done books on famous artists over the years, perhaps none better than William E. Wallace’s Michelangelo: The Complete Sculpture, Painting, Architecture. Like many EP ‘specialty’ books, I am not sure how many times this has been printed, or if it is the same that is currently on EP’s site. Mine was purchased around 11 years ago, having a red leather cover, with a border design and head of David stamped in gold. This is different from what is shown on EP’s site, but my guess is it is the same book, as it has the same dimensions, number of pages, etc.
What makes this edition special? The quality of the reprinted works of art and the photographs of his sculptural and architectural work is very high, better than what is sometimes seen in EP works. The large size of the book (nearly 11″ x 15″) allows a nice scale for the works shown. There are some fold outs, for instance of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, that allows nearly 30″ in length for the pictures. The section of the book on Michelangelo’s paintings is especially nice. Thick, cream colored, textured paper is used with red type to introduce or put context around the painting to follow. A sort of thin, tissue like paper is used for many of the painting reproductions, such as shown in The Creation of Adam below. The dark maroon endpapers are also a nice touch.
Like most EP publications, there is no colophon type information provided, so I cannot tell you about the paper used, the type, etc. It is unfortunate as, in a volume like this where EP seems to have really stepped it up a notch, that information would be useful. The copyright page does mention that this was published in association with Hugh Lauter Levin Associates.
Michelangelo (1475-1564) is one of the greatest artists in world history. His work output was prodigious, almost unfathomable. Be it his paintings of Genesis on the Sistine Chapel ceiling or The Last Judgment; his sculptures of Pietà or David; or as the architect of the Laurentian Library in Florence or St. Peter’s Basilica, his work is amongst the greatest ever produced and remains hugely popular throughout the world.
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