Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Michelangelo. La Dotta Mano

Italian publisher Franco Maria Ricci has released a book created in honor of Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo depicting his life’s greatest works. The book’s cover features a reproduction of his Madonna della Scala fresco made of marble by artisans using the same techniques used by Michelangelo over five hundred years ago. The book contains detailed photographs of Michelangelo’s drawings and sculptures as well as an extensive history of his life and works. Weighing 62 pounds (about 21 kilograms ), only thirty three copies of the book will be made and available exclusively from Franco Maria Ricci. Each copy takes six months to make a by hand and comes with a 500-year warranty.

A Few days ago, a copy of thus far the world’s most expensive book, with a price tag of 100,000 euros (about 200,000 SGD),  was donated to our President SR Nathan from San Marino 's Ambassador Andrea Griminelli, showing the value of arts and culture but also a symbol of friendship between the two countries.

The book will be on display in our National Library in the near future.

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