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In Your FaceProfessional Improprieties and the Art of Being Conspicuous in Sixteenth-Century Italy$
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Douglas Biow

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804762151

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804762151.001.0001

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Michelangelo Buonarroti and the Art of Conspicuous Absorption

Michelangelo Buonarroti and the Art of Conspicuous Absorption

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(p.92) Chapter 3 Michelangelo Buonarroti and the Art of Conspicuous Absorption
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In Your Face
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804762151.003.0004

This chapter discusses Michelangelo Buonarroti, who stood for many as a towering model of untoward comportment among artists in his generation, even though Vasari, Michelangelo's most ardent early champion in print, made every effort to account for his professional improprieties by casting him as the Redeemer of art. The discussion focuses on Michelangelo's Bacchus, the sculpture produced originally for one of the most powerful patrons in Rome, Cardinal Raffaele Riario. It argues that the Bacchus can be seen as the topic of intense, inward absorption in the figures of the inebriated wine god and the hungry satyr, both of whom can be seen reveling in their own states of sensual consumption as they cherish the food they stare at and hold in their grasp.

Keywords:   Michelangelo Buonarroti, Bacchus, Cardinal Raffaele Riario, sensual consumption

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