Michelangelo & the Pope's Ceiling

Michelangelo & the Pope's Ceiling

Book - 2003
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In 1508, despite strong advice to the contrary, the powerful Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the newly restored Sistine Chapel. With little experience as a painter (though famed for his sculpture David ), Michelangelo was reluctant to begin the massive project.

Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling recounts the four extraordinary years Michelangelo spent laboring over the vast ceiling while the power politics and personal rivalries that abounded in Rome swirled around him. Battling against ill health, financial difficulties, domestic problems, the pope's impatience, and a bitter rivalry with the brilliant young painter Raphael, Michelangelo created scenes so beautiful that they are considered one of the greatest masterpieces of all time. A panorama of illustrious figures converged around the creation of this great work-from the great Dutch scholar Desiderius Erasmus to the young Martin Luther-and Ross King skillfully weaves them through his compelling historical narrative, offering uncommon insight into the intersection of art and history.
Publisher: New York : Walker & Company, 2003
ISBN: 9780142003695
9780802713957
0802713955
Characteristics: 373 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm

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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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