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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. Four years earlier, at the age of twenty-nine, Michelangelo had unveiled his masterful statue of David in Florence; however, he had little experience as a painter, even less working in the delicate medium of fresco, and none with the curved surface of vaults, which dominated the chapel?s ceiling. The temperamental Michelangelo was himself reluctant, and he stormed away from Rome, risking Julius?s wrath, only to be persuaded to eventually begin.

Michelangelo would spend the next four years laboring over the vast ceiling. He executed hundreds of drawings, many of which are masterpieces in their own right. Contrary to legend, he and his assistants worked standing rather than on their backs, and after his years on the scaffold, Michelangelo suffered a bizarre form of eyestrain that made it impossible for him to read letters unless he held them at arm?s length. Nonetheless, he produced one of the greatest masterpieces of all time, about which Giorgio Vasari, in his Lives of the Artists, wrote, ?There is no other work to compare with this for excellence, nor could there be.?

Ross King?s fascinating new book tells the story of those four extraordinary years. Battling against ill health, financial difficulties, domestic problems, inadequate knowledge of the art of fresco, and the pope?s impatience, Michelangelo created figures?depicting the Creation, the Fall, and the Flood?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. While he worked, Rome teemed around him, its politics and rivalries with other city-states and with France at fever pitch, often intruding on his work. From Michelangelo?s experiments with the composition of pigment and plaster to his bitter competition with the famed painter Raphael, who was working on the neighboring Papal Apartments, Ross King presents a magnificent tapestry of day-to-day life on the ingenious Sistine scaffolding and outside in the upheaval of early-sixteenth-century Rome.

Review:

"A legend-busting, richly detailed account of the four-year making of the Sistine Chapel frescos...King supplies a righly nuanced view of Michelangelo and company's day-to-day life...a pleasure." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Review:

"King? is a gifted, judicious, compelling narrator, who tells a complex story clearly . Along the way he debunks a number of myths? he characterises Michelangelo as a driven genius who somehow overcame his own deficiencies, in terms of personality and expertise, to create one of the wonders of the Renaissance." Alan Taylor, Sunday Herald

Review:

"Ross King has a knack for explaining complicated processes in a manner that is not only lucid but downright intriguing." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"A story as irresistible as this deserves another telling. In fact, Ross King deftly stitches modern Michelangelo scholarship into his fluent and gripping narrative. The result is a delightful book that overturns many legends? His story never flags, although this always engrossing book often takes the greatness of its art as read." Boyd Tonkin, The Independent

Review:

"Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling is straight nonfiction, continuing in the mode of King's previous book, Brunelleschi's Dome. In that book, King focused particularly on the challenges of designing, planning, and constructing what was then the world's largest dome.

In this new book, his focus widens. Not only does he describe the complicated process of fresco painting, but he also provides details of Michelangelo's family problems and Pope Julius's military campaigns. The result is a lively depiction of a tumultuous era, with cameo portraits of some of its key figures, including Luther, Erasmus, Machiavelli, the epic poet Ariosto, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael Santi, who was busy painting panels in the papal apartments while Michelangelo was working on the larger, more public area of the chapel ceiling." Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor (read the entire CSM review)

Book News Annotation:

Writer King, who made a splash with here brings to readers the human dimension, the day-by-day details, and the political and social contexts of Michelangelo's creation of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The extraordinary story behind Michelangelo's masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel from the author of the acclaimed Brunelleschi's Dome. King paints a magnificent picture of day-to-day life on the Sistine scaffolding and outside in the upheaval of early 16th century Rome. 46 illustrations.

Synopsis:

The riveting story of how Michelangelo, against all odds, created the masterpiece that has ever since adorned the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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. Four years earlier, at the age of twenty-nine, Michelangelo had unveiled his masterful statue of David in Florence; however, he had little experience as a painter, even less working in the delicate medium of fresco, and none with the curved surface of vaults, which dominated the chapels ceiling. The temperamental Michelangelo was himself reluctant, and he stormed away from Rome, risking Juliuss wrath, only to be persuaded to eventually begin.

Michelangelo would spend the next four years laboring over the vast ceiling. He executed hundreds of drawings, many of which are masterpieces in their own right. Contrary to legend, he and his assistants worked standing rather than on their backs, and after his years on the scaffold, Michelangelo suffered a bizarre form of eyestrain that made it impossible for him to read letters unless he held them at arms length. Nonetheless, he produced one of the greatest masterpieces of all time, about which Giorgio Vasari, in his Lives of the Artists, wrote, “There is no other work to compare with this for excellence, nor could there be.”

Ross Kings fascinating new book tells the story of those four extraordinary years. Battling against ill health, financial difficulties, domestic problems, inadequate knowledge of the art of fresco, and the popes impatience, Michelangelo created figures—depicting the Creation, the Fall, and the Flood—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. While he worked, Rome teemed around him, its politics and rivalries with other city-states and with France at fever pitch, often intruding on his work. From Michelangelos experiments with the composition of pigment and plaster to his bitter competition with the famed painter Raphael, who was working on the neighboring Papal Apartments, Ross King presents a magnificent tapestry of day-to-day life on the ingenious Sistine scaffolding and outside in the upheaval of early-sixteenth-century Rome.

About the Author

Ross King was born in Canada in 1962 and presently lives near Oxford, England. He is also the author of two internationally acclaimed books, the novel Domino and Brunelleschi's Dome.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802713957
Author:
King, Ross
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Location:
New York
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
Bible
Subject:
History
Subject:
European
Subject:
History - Renaissance
Subject:
History - European
Subject:
Mural painting and decoration, Italian
Subject:
Mural painting and decoration, Renaissance
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Religious
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
99/474
Publication Date:
20141014
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 x 8pp color insert
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Product details 384 pages MACMILLAN PUBLISHING SERVICES - English 9780802713957 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A legend-busting, richly detailed account of the four-year making of the Sistine Chapel frescos...King supplies a righly nuanced view of Michelangelo and company's day-to-day life...a pleasure." (starred review)
"Review" by , "King? is a gifted, judicious, compelling narrator, who tells a complex story clearly . Along the way he debunks a number of myths? he characterises Michelangelo as a driven genius who somehow overcame his own deficiencies, in terms of personality and expertise, to create one of the wonders of the Renaissance."
"Review" by , "Ross King has a knack for explaining complicated processes in a manner that is not only lucid but downright intriguing."
"Review" by , "A story as irresistible as this deserves another telling. In fact, Ross King deftly stitches modern Michelangelo scholarship into his fluent and gripping narrative. The result is a delightful book that overturns many legends? His story never flags, although this always engrossing book often takes the greatness of its art as read."
"Review" by , "Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling is straight nonfiction, continuing in the mode of King's previous book, Brunelleschi's Dome. In that book, King focused particularly on the challenges of designing, planning, and constructing what was then the world's largest dome.

In this new book, his focus widens. Not only does he describe the complicated process of fresco painting, but he also provides details of Michelangelo's family problems and Pope Julius's military campaigns. The result is a lively depiction of a tumultuous era, with cameo portraits of some of its key figures, including Luther, Erasmus, Machiavelli, the epic poet Ariosto, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael Santi, who was busy painting panels in the papal apartments while Michelangelo was working on the larger, more public area of the chapel ceiling." Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor (read the entire CSM review)

"Synopsis" by , The extraordinary story behind Michelangelo's masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel from the author of the acclaimed Brunelleschi's Dome. King paints a magnificent picture of day-to-day life on the Sistine scaffolding and outside in the upheaval of early 16th century Rome. 46 illustrations.
"Synopsis" by ,
The riveting story of how Michelangelo, against all odds, created the masterpiece that has ever since adorned the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
"Synopsis" by ,
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.
"Synopsis" by ,
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. Four years earlier, at the age of twenty-nine, Michelangelo had unveiled his masterful statue of David in Florence; however, he had little experience as a painter, even less working in the delicate medium of fresco, and none with the curved surface of vaults, which dominated the chapels ceiling. The temperamental Michelangelo was himself reluctant, and he stormed away from Rome, risking Juliuss wrath, only to be persuaded to eventually begin.

Michelangelo would spend the next four years laboring over the vast ceiling. He executed hundreds of drawings, many of which are masterpieces in their own right. Contrary to legend, he and his assistants worked standing rather than on their backs, and after his years on the scaffold, Michelangelo suffered a bizarre form of eyestrain that made it impossible for him to read letters unless he held them at arms length. Nonetheless, he produced one of the greatest masterpieces of all time, about which Giorgio Vasari, in his Lives of the Artists, wrote, “There is no other work to compare with this for excellence, nor could there be.”

Ross Kings fascinating new book tells the story of those four extraordinary years. Battling against ill health, financial difficulties, domestic problems, inadequate knowledge of the art of fresco, and the popes impatience, Michelangelo created figures—depicting the Creation, the Fall, and the Flood—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. While he worked, Rome teemed around him, its politics and rivalries with other city-states and with France at fever pitch, often intruding on his work. From Michelangelos experiments with the composition of pigment and plaster to his bitter competition with the famed painter Raphael, who was working on the neighboring Papal Apartments, Ross King presents a magnificent tapestry of day-to-day life on the ingenious Sistine scaffolding and outside in the upheaval of early-sixteenth-century Rome.

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