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The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican with Poster

The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican with Poster Cover

 

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Five hundred years ago Michelangelo began work on a painting that became one of the most famous pieces of art in the world—the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Every year millions of people come to see Michelangelo's Sistine ceiling, which is the largest fresco painting on earth in the holiest of Christianity's chapels; yet there is not one single Christian image in this vast, magnificent artwork.

The Sistine Secrets tells the fascinating story of how Michelangelo embedded messages of brotherhood, tolerance, and freethinking in his painting to encourage "fellow travelers" to challenge the repressive Roman Catholic Church of his time.

"Driven by the truths he had come to recognize during his years of study in private nontraditional schooling in Florence, truths rooted in his involvement with Judaic texts as well as Kabbalistic training that conflicted with approved Christian doctrine, Michelangelo needed to find a way to let viewers discern what he truly believed. He could not allow the Church to forever silence his soul. And what the Church would not permit him to communicate openly, he ingeniously found a way to convey to those diligent enough to learn his secret language."—from the Preface

Blech and Doliner reveal what Michelangelo meant in the angelic representations that brilliantly mocked his papal patron, how he managed to sneak unorthodox heresies into his ostensibly pious portrayals, and how he was able to fulfill his lifelong ambition to bridge the wisdom of science with the strictures of faith. The Sistine Secrets unearths secrets that have remained hidden in plain sight for centuries.

About the Author

Rabbi Benjamin Blech is an internationally recognized educator, religious leader, author, and lecturer. A recipient of the American Educator of the Year Award, he has been a professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University since 1966. He is the author of eleven books and has written for the New York Times, Newsweek, and Newsday. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061469046
Publisher:
HarperOne
Subject:
Renaissance
Author:
Doliner, Roy
Author:
by Benjamin Blech and Roy Doliner
Author:
Blech, Benjamin
Subject:
History - Renaissance
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Religious
Subject:
Symbolism in art
Subject:
Mural painting and decoration, Italian
Subject:
Christianity - History - Catholic
Subject:
Michelangelo Buonarroti
Subject:
Art - General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20080429
Binding:
Book
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.12137 in 22.48 oz

Related Subjects

» Arts and Entertainment » Art » General
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» History and Social Science » World History » Medieval and Renaissance
» Metaphysics » Speculative History
» Religion » Christianity » Church History » General

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