Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
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.
Bible -- Illustrations -- Sound recordings
Biography & Autobiography
Cappella Sistina (Vatican Palace, Vatican City) -- Sound recordings
Italy -- History -- 1492-1559 -- Sound recordings
Michelangelo Buonarroti, -- 1475-1564 -- Appreciation -- Sound recordings
Michelangelo Buonarroti, -- 1475-1564 -- Contemporaries -- Sound recordings
Mural painting and decoration, Italian
Mural painting and decoration, Italian -- Vatican City -- Sound recordings
Mural painting and decoration, Renaissance
Mural painting and decoration, Renaissance -- Vatican City -- Sound recordings
Religion & Spirituality
|Grouped Work ID||69283fc9-1153-e513-320c-1769b9610aed|
|Grouping Title||michelangelo and the pope s ceiling|
|Grouping Author||king ross|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-01-21 22:43:51PM|
|Last Indexed||2019-01-21 23:54:53PM|
|available_at_catalog||Green Hills, Green Hills Kids|
|detailed_location_catalog||Green Hills - Adult Audiobook|
From the acclaimed author of Brunelleschi's Dome and Leonardo and the Last Supper, the riveting story of how Michelangelo, against all odds, created the masterpiece that has ever since adorned the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
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.
|format_catalog||CD audio book, eBook|
|format_category_catalog||Audio Books, eBook|
|item_details||ils:CARL0000200869|35192050325814|Green Hills - Adult Audiobook|CD AUDIO 759.5 M6234kU|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||GH||, overdrive:65a4c476-806b-4839-a157-c23e480c1728|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eBook|eBook|1|false|true|OverDrive|||Adobe EPUB eBook,Kindle Book,OverDrive Read|Available Online|||||
|itype_catalog||, CD audio book|
|local_callnumber_catalog||CD AUDIO 759.5 M6234kU|
|owning_library_catalog||Nashville Public Library|
|owning_location_catalog||Green Hills, Green Hills Kids|
|record_details||ils:CARL0000200869|CD audio book|Audio Books|Library ed.|English|Books on Tape, Inc.,|pc2003.|8 sound discs (ca. 10.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in., overdrive:65a4c476-806b-4839-a157-c23e480c1728|eBook|eBook||English|Bloomsbury Publishing|2014||
|subject_facet||Audiobooks, Bible -- Illustrations -- Sound recordings, Cappella Sistina (Vatican Palace, Vatican City) -- Sound recordings, Italy -- History -- 1492-1559 -- Sound recordings, Michelangelo Buonarroti, -- 1475-1564 -- Appreciation -- Sound recordings, Michelangelo Buonarroti, -- 1475-1564 -- Contemporaries -- Sound recordings, Mural painting and decoration, Italian -- Vatican City -- Sound recordings, Mural painting and decoration, Renaissance -- Vatican City -- Sound recordings|
|title_display||Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling|
|title_full||Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling, Michelangelo and the Pope's ceiling [sound recording] / by Ross King|
|title_short||Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling|
|topic_facet||Appreciation, Audiobooks, Biography & Autobiography, Contemporaries, History, Illustrations, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Mural painting and decoration, Italian, Mural painting and decoration, Renaissance, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|