The Giant


ISBN: 9781854595881
Author: By Antony Sher
Publication Date: 01/11/2007
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Extent: 128pp.
Availability: Available


A powerful, witty and moving play exploring the dark interplay between sexuality and creativity.

Florence, 1501. A vast block of Carrara marble known as Il Gigante becomes the centre of conflict between two great artists, as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo compete for a prestigious commission to carve a statue of David.

The result is one of the most iconic works of the Renaissance – but who was the model?

Antony Sher’s play The Giant was first staged at Hampstead Theatre, London, in 2007.

‘Powerful… tremendous… close to sublime’
Sunday Telegraph

‘Impressive… deals with nothing less than the creative sources of art and the battle between Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci’

‘A rich, ambitious play that seizes on a fascinating time and grapples with giant questions about art, creativity, integrity and beauty’
Financial Times

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