Michelangelo & the Pope's Ceiling

Michelangelo & 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 advised against doing so. The painting of the vaults was so difficult and Michelangelo was so inexperienced in fresco that it was considered a folly. Indeed, Michelangelo himself was reluctant for he considered himself primarily a sculptor rather than a painter. However, for the next four years he would labour over the vast ceiling, at first employing assistants and later, working alone, spending back-breaking hours with his face turned upwards. 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 his onlookers. Modern anatomy has yet to find names for some of the muscles on his nudes, they are painted in such detail. From Michelangelo's experiments with the composition of pigment and plaster to his bitter rivalry with Raphael, who was working on the neighbouring Papal Apartments, Ross King paints a magnificent picture of day-to-day life on the Sistine scaffolding and outside in the upheaval of early sixteenth-century Rome.
ISBN: 9780712667685
0712667687
9780142003695
0142003697
9780701171193
0701171197
Characteristics: 371 pages :,illustrations, some colour ;,23 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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