Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling

Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling

Book - 2002
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In 1508, Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. He had been strongly advised against doing so. At 12,000 square feet, the ceiling represented one of the largest such projects ever attempted; and the thirty-three-year-old Michelangelo had very little experience of the physically and technically taxing art of fresco. Indeed, Michelangelo himself was reluctant, considering himself a sculptor rather than a painter. Nevertheless, for the next four years he and a hand-picked team of assistants laboured over the vast ceiling, making thousands of drawings and spending back-breaking hours on a scaffold fifty feet above the floor. The result was one of the greatest masterpieces of all time. 'There is no other work to compare with this for excellence, nor could there be, ' wrote Vasari in his Lives of Artists. Ross King's fascinating new book tells the story of those four extraordinary years, Battling against ill health, financial difficulties, domestic problems and inadequate knowledge of the art of fresco, Michelangelo created figures so beautiful that, when they were unveiled in 1512, they stunned onlookers, Working with brushes made from hogs
Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus, c2002.
ISBN: 9780701171193
0701171197
Branch Call Number: 759.5 Miche -K
Characteristics: 371 pages : illustrations

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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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