Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling

Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling

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In 1508, despite strong advice to the contrary, the powerful Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo Buonarroti to paint the ceiling of the newly restored Sistine Chapel in Rome. Despite having completed his masterful statue David four years earlier, he had little experience as a painter, even less working in the delicate medium of fresco, and none with challenging curved surfaces such as the Sistine ceiling's vaults. The temperamental Michelangelo was himself reluctant: He stormed away from Rome, incurring Julius's wrath, before he was eventually persuaded to begin.Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling recounts the fascinating story of the four extraordinary years he spent laboring over the twelve thousand square feet of the vast ceiling, while war and the power politics and personal rivalries that abounded in Rome swirled around him. A panorama of illustrious figures intersected during this time—the brilliant young painter Raphael, with whom Michelangelo formed a rivalry; the fiery preacher Girolamo Savonarola and the great Dutch scholar Desiderius Erasmus; a youthful Martin Luther, who made his only trip to Rome at this time and was disgusted by the corruption all around him. Ross King blends these figures into a magnificent tapestry of day-to-day life on the ingenious Sistine scaffolding and outside in the upheaval of early-sixteenth-century Italy, while also offering uncommon insight into the connection between art and history.
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9781632861955
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Jul 26, 2017

I did a trip to Rome in 2014 and visited the Vatican and i wish I had read this book before that trip, I would have had a greater appreciation to what I was looking at in the Raphael rooms and Sistine chapel and what both Michelangelo and Raphael went through. Now I want to go back and re-see them.

Vincent T Lombardo Oct 01, 2015

Very well written and concise history of how Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel.

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671books
Apr 25, 2015

Great great book. For anyone interested in the history and the church, give this book a read. Full review is here: http://671books.net/non-fiction/michelangelo-and-the-popes-ceiling/

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 31, 2014

The drama of the painting of the Sistine Ceiling during the reign of the morally and politically corrupt Pope Julius II is told in great historical detail. Michelangelo and his assistants laboured for four years to create one of the greatest masterpieces of the Western world. Worried by personal misfortune, fierce competition with Raphael and harassment from the Pope, he nevertheless was able to complete this stunningly beautiful work of art.

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