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Michelangelo: The Vatican Frescoes Hardcover – February 1, 1997

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The restoration of Michelangelo's magnificent frescoes in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel stirred up much controversy and debate among scholars, art historians, and art lovers alike. Originally painted in the late 15th century, it took restorers 14 painstaking years (from 1981 to 1995) to remove the centuries' worth of dust and decay that had obscured the frescoes' brilliant colors and intricate designs. In 250 gorgeous full-color photographs, this unique and beautiful volume presents Michelangelo's restored chapel--perhaps the greatest masterpiece of Renaissance art--in its entirety, from the Creation to the Last Judgment, both before and after cleaning. The only definitive study of the restoration process, this book is the next best thing to actually being there.

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. . . excellent . . . the most complete [book] on the restored frescoes, and the first to include the refurbished Last Judgment behind the altar. . . . The art book of the year. -- San Diego Union-Tribune, 3/23/97

[A] gorgeous, lush tome with more than 250 color photographs-including before and after photos-that richly convey that delicacy of the master's work. -- USA Today, 2/20/97

[T]his unique volume presents the restored Sistine Chapel in its entirety, from the Creation to the Last Judgment, and features remarkable new pictures of the frescoes. . . . This beautiful lavish work will be enjoyed by both those who have been fortunate enough to have seen the chapel in person, as well as interested readers who haven't. -- Antique & Auction News, 5/9/97
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press (February 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789201429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789201423
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 10.2 x 13.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #980,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dan Sherman VINE VOICE on January 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is an absolutely superb book, largely because the reproductions of the frescoes are excellent and really capture the colors that you see when you visit the Chapel. I have found many art books disappointing, because they simply fail to capture the works they present. I first saw this book in an American bookstore after visiting the Sistine Chapel, and really thrilled to see if after looking at several other books where colors were much duller and the images simply not as sharp. In addition to its fine colors, the book provides many fine closeups of each individual section. The text is also very good, describing the subjects of the painting, the history behind the paintings, ansd also the recent restorstion. This is a must-have book!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By joanart@lucent.com on March 16, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Ive seen portions of the old paintings in other publications, but there's nothing like this VERY COLLECTIBLE piece. Its a treasure, because of the painstaking care in preserving the original authenticity of the works, and allowing you to closely examine the "before" detail, and then the "after" restoration detail. Most of all, the book allowed me to gain an appreciation that I never had for this great artist. Thanks
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The scope of this edition is astounding. With closeups of each individual section and a glorious 4-page foldout of the entire ceiling, all the majesty of Michelangelo's masterpiece is brought breathtakingly to life. If you can't afford to fly to Italy to see the original, buy this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R.Parklane on August 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Being an admirer of the magnificent Michelangelo I am very pleased to have acquired this book. The pictures are beautifully printed. By the end of the book I wish to revisit the Sistine Chapel to view those parts printed in the book which I have obviously missed with my naked eyes. The details of the restoration work is an added bonus. To get the most of this book, please read it together with "Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling" by Ross King. You will not regret the experience. Michelangelo's frescoes are simply sublime!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Dekur on April 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The photographs in this book are too good to be believed. I have never had an art book on the Sistine Chapel before that so moved me.
It was obviously produced with great care -- the colors look perfect, the focus is perfect. I can't rave about this book enough. And so complete! You will know every nook and cranny of the Chapel when you finish this book.
Well worth more than what you pay for it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
For those that want a closer look at the Vatican Frescoes, this is as good as it gets. This book shows Michelangelo's work in their newly restored splendor. It is scarcely imaginable that one man could have created such beauty. It surely reminds us of what we are all capable of reaching.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Y. Zhou on January 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The image quality in this book is excellent. I have never been to Vatican. So it's hard to judge whether the color is right. I just try to use this book to study anatomy after Michelangelo. For some parts of frescoes, this book provides enlarged pictures. Some images show the frescoes before restoration, although not in detail. In general, it's a great reference book for my study.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Ferreira on January 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be a very beautiful presentation of Michelangelo's fresco's inside the Sistine Chapel. The pictures are very clear and the text is good, although the fact that it is written by non-native English speakers is apparent. Anyone wanting to remember their experience of viewing the Sistine Chapel in Rome will be pleased by buying this book. At least I was.
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