- Hardcover: 206 pages
- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; New Ed edition (April 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0810981904
- ISBN-13: 978-0810981904
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1 x 13 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michelangelo: The Last Judgement - A Glorious Restoration Hardcover – April 1, 2000
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And Yes I plan to return to the Sistine Chapel this year. Equipped with the knowledge gained from this marvellous book, I am sure this time I will know how to truly appreciate this sublime and colossal Masterpiece.
Boy, was I missing out. After finishing the companion book, Sistine Chapel: A Glorious Restoration, I decided I should pick this one up as well (might as well complete the picture, so to speak).
First of all, this book does not disappoint. The pictures are sumptuous and provide phenomenal detail. The Last Judgement is a very "busy" painting, with Michelangelo including approximately 400 figures, so it is easy to feel overwhelmed. This book systematically breaks the painting down into its various sections, detailing the thoughts (spiritual and secular) behind the depictions, bringing the fresco into focus.
The book also describes the painstaking restoration the wall went through and its glorious results.
After reading this book, I have a renewed vision and appreciation for this work. When I saw it in Rome, the wall stunned, scared and thrilled me all at the same time; this book brought that all back. Simply put, I love this book and consider it to be an important piece to my collection.
My only complaint is that the colors are more muted and aren't color-corrected... the representation isn't as close to what I saw in another book (with more vibrant realistic colors). But for the money, this is an excellent value.
If you're willing to dish out extra money, I also highly recommend "Michelangelo: The Vatican Frescoes" which has by far THE BEST quality photos, more closer zoom shots, as well as in-depth descriptions and photos of how they keep up with the color restoration in the chapel itself.
This book is good for the price, it really is. Especially if you are a fan of Michelangelo. This is probably the second best book out there in my opinion. The only one better is the one stated above.
Good luck, hope you enjoy it!