by Hoffman, Mary, 1945-

Format: Print Book 2011
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Bethel Park Public Library Young Adult YA HOFFMAN Mary
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Michelangelo's statue, David , is famous around the world. Millions flock to Italy every year to admire the physical perfection of the young man captured within the marble. But the identity of the model has never been known . . . until now.

In this epic tale, acclaimed author Mary Hoffman imagines the story of Gabriele, a naive but incredibly handsome young man who is hired as Michelangelo's model, only to find himself drawn into a world of spies, political treachery, and murder. Set against the vibrant backdrop of Florence in its most turbulent times, this rich, colorful, thrilling tale gives life to one of the world's greatest masterpieces.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Who was the model for Michelangelo's famous statue of David? No one knows, but Hoffman imagines a life for him as a stonecutter named Gabriele who is Michelangelo's milk brother (Gabriele's mother was Michelangelo's wet nurse and raised the artist-to-be). In his late teens, Gabriele moves to Florence to live with the sculptor, whom he regards as his brother, and, inevitably, serves as the model for the celebrated statue. In the meantime, the boy gets embroiled in the exceedingly complex politics of the city, becoming a spy for the champions of the republic. Hoffman, the author of the popular Stravaganza books, sets a brisk pace for her historical novel, which gives as much attention to Gabriele's complicated love life as to Florentine politics, which are, indeed, so convoluted they may baffle some readers. However, Gabriele is a consistently interesting though often naive character, and Michelangelo emerges as a gruff genius who is devoted to his younger brother. --Cart, Michael Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This lush historical novel commences in 1501 in Florence and imagines the life of the model for Michelangelo's statue of David, breathing life into the art and politics of this iconic work. The exquisitely handsome narrator, Gabriele, a stone- mason, moves to Florence at 18 from the country to live with his "milk-brother" (Gabriele's mother nursed them both), the artist Michelangelo. Hoffman (the Stravaganza series) stages Gabriele not only as an observer of the Florence art scene but also at the center of the political struggle between factions supporting a Florentine republic and nobles who are eager to restore the Medici dynasty. These political machinations and Gabriele's romantic misadventures offer a compelling look at this period, though it is his relationship with Michelangelo and the impact of the statue that provide the narrative's most powerful elements. Readers may be surprised to learn the political significance of the David, which many interpreted as a republican symbol and which inspired violence. Leonardo da Vinci and his Mona Lisa make a cameo appearance, as well, offering another perspective on the art of the Renaissance. Ages 14-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Michelangelo Buonarroti, -- 1475-1564. -- David -- Fiction.
Artists -- Italy -- History -- 16th century -- Fiction.
Florence (Italy) -- History -- 1421-1737 -- Fiction.
Italy -- History -- 1492-1559 -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Bloomsbury USA Children's Books,2011
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 260 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781599907000 (hardcover)
1599907003 (hardcover)
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