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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.
A fascinating and interesting account. Reads like a novel. I could imagine and feel myself almost transported back in time.Published 7 days ago by Deb22125
Alongside tourists from all over the world I stood dumbfounded under one of the world’s most important works of art. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John Kowalkowski
I read this book before leaving on a month long trip through Europe for college. One of our stops was the Vatican so this book was very topical. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alex
The is the 4th book that I have purchase from author Ross King.
He has a keen eye for detail and history and storying telling. Read more
Just love this book; you won't find details of his fascinating work history and his struggle in another book so beautifully written.Published 4 months ago by lesliek
Great book & very well written. I have a very good book about Michelangelo by William Wallace with great pictures that is more about his art not much on his life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ciao
I love this book, as well as his other Brunelleschi's Dome. He has a wonderful writing style, bringing all the drama, intrigues, and competition of the Renaissance to life!Published 8 months ago by Dee
It's really entertaining and keeps my attention on the sequence of events. I love that it puts history in a way we can imagine being there ourselves. I can't wait to read more.Published 8 months ago by Vera