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The temperament of the day was dictated by the politics of the papal court, a corrupt and powerful office steeped in controversy; Pope Julius II even had a nickname, "Il Papa Terrible," to prove it. Along with his violent outbursts and warmongering, Pope Julius II took upon himself to restore the Sistine Chapel and pretty much intimidated Michelangelo into painting the ceiling even though the artist considered himself primarily a sculptor and was particularly unfamiliar with the temperamental art of fresco. Along with technical difficulties, personality conflicts, and money troubles, Michelangelo was plagued by health problems and competition in the form of the dashing and talented young painter Raphael.
Author Ross King offers an in-depth analysis of the complex historical background that led to the magnificence that is the Sistine Chapel ceiling along with detailed discussion of some of the ceilings panels. King provides fabulous tidbits of information and weaves together a fascinating historical tale. --J.P. Cohen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book is not only a detailed narrative of how Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, but of the history, times, politics, wars, artist competition and personal... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Tom Streppone
There are many who have either viewed in person, watched a program on, or read something about the Sistine Chapel, and in particular about Michelangelo's ceiling. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Jen S
More "history book" than interesting reading, but still, am uncovering details about Michelangelo that I never knew. . .Published 16 days ago by Mairgead
Ross King is a terrific author. I have read every one of his books and can't get enough. He brings history and art to life in a way like no other!Published 1 month ago by Paula Wallrich
A very thorough text on the creation of the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel.Published 2 months ago by Alfred L. Shull, Jr.
Michaelangelo came to life in this book. I have read numerous other books on this topic but this is the best. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jan V. White