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Alexander Nagel: Michelangelo and ‘David’

4 February 2016
Michelangelo’s ‘David’: Florentine History and Civic Identity 
by John Paoletti.
Cambridge, 388 pp., £70, February 2015, 978 1 107 04359 6
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... opened to ‘anyone who wished’ to see it, an occasion that coincided with the festivities of St John the Baptist, Florence’s patron saint, when the city put its richest treasures on view. For Vasari, the extraction of the David from a mangled block of marble was nothing short of a miracle; Michelangelo had succeeded in ‘bringing back to life one who was ...
13 May 1999
... one of the grandiose Albert Speer-type temples of the Jubilee Line. Architect-in-Chief Roland Paoletti has come up with a fabulous glass windbreak, a thing of future walkways and ghostly reflections, that has for the moment been abandoned on a clapped-out railway station, where all the metal benches for the convenience of customers-held-in-transit have ...

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