Michelangelo And The Pope's Ceiling

Author: Ross King

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446418839

Category: Art

Page: 384

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In 1508, Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The thirty-three-year-old Michelangelo had very little experience of the physically and technically taxing art of fresco; and, at twelve thousand square feet, the ceiling represented one of the largest such projects ever attempted. Nevertheless, for the next four years he and a hand-picked team of assistants laboured over the vast ceiling, making thousands of drawings and spending back-breaking hours on a scaffold fifty feet above the floor. The result was one of the greatest masterpieces of all time. This fascinating book tells the story of those four extraordinary years and paints a magnificent picture of day-to-day life on the Sistine scaffolding - and outside, in the upheaval of early sixteenth-century Rome.

Summary of Ross King's Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling

Author: Everest Media,

Publisher: Everest Media LLC


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 55

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 Michelangelo was summoned back to Rome in April 1508 to resume work on the tomb of Pope Julius II, which was supposed to be the most beautiful work of marble in Rome. However, he had been brought back to Florence to complete another statue. #2 The Pope wanted Michelangelo to sculpt his tomb, and he sent him to Rome to do so. The tomb was to be the largest since the mausoleums built for Roman emperors such as Hadrian and Augustus. #3 By 1505, the walls of St. Peter’s were leaning six feet out of true. Julius decided to have the basilica demolished and a new one built in its place. The destruction of the oldest and holiest church in Christendom had begun by the time Michelangelo returned from Carrara. #4 The Pope’s official architect, Giuliano da Sangallo, designed the new basilica. He had also repaired Santa Maria Maggiore, one of Rome's most ancient churches, and gilded its ceiling with what was said to be the first gold ever brought back from the New World.

A Journey Into Michelangelo's Rome

Author: Angela K Nickerson

Publisher: Roaring Forties Press

ISBN: 0984625402

Category: Travel

Page: 89

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From St. Peter’s Basilica to the Capitoline Hill, this unique resource—part biography, part history, and part travel guide—provides an intimate portrait of the relationship between Michelangelo and the city he restored to artistic greatness. Lavishly illustrated and richly informative, this travel companion tells the story of Michelangelo’s meteoric rise, his career marked by successive artistic breakthroughs, his tempestuous relations with powerful patrons, and his austere but passionate private life. Providing street maps that allow readers to navigate the city and discover Rome as Michelangelo knew it, each chapter focuses on a particular work that amazed Michelangelo’s contemporaries and modern tourists alike.

Read On...Biography: Reading Lists for Every Taste

Author: Rick Roche

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610691792

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 163

View: 5578

Categorizing hundreds of popular biographies according to their primary appeal—character, story, setting, language, and mood—and organizing them into thematic lists, this guide will help readers' advisors more effectively recommend titles. • A chronology of the history of the biography genre • Brief reviews of over 450 high interest biographies

Michelangelo, Selected Scholarship in English: The Sistine Chapel

Author: William E. Wallace,Michelangelo Buonarroti

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780815318255

Category: Art

Page: 614

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Accessible to readers-useful to spcialists Much as been written on Michelangelo. By 1970, the number of scholarly books and articles exceeded 4,000, approximately a tenth in English. In the past 25 years, the literature has grown exponentially, with a notable increase in English-language publications. The five-volume series reproduces some 100 articles in English, selected from a broad range of books and journals. The collection is both accessible to the general reader and useful to the specialist, offering a representative sample of old and new commentary on the artist and his work. The career of a geniusArticles are arranged chronologically with separate volumes covering the artist's early life and works, the Sistine Chapel ceiling, commission associated with San Lorenzo, the tomb of Julius II and other Roman projects, and a final volume devoted to drawings, poetry, and miscellaneous studies. Spanning his entire 89-year life, the articles explore Michelangelo's prodigious creativity as an artist, thinker, and poet. The sheer quantity of what has been written on Michelangelo can be intimidating; most student have little sense of how to approach or effectively utilize the vast literature. By presenting a varied introduction to a great artist, this collection is a handy reference tool for a wide array of topics, problems, and literature.

Michelangelo's Tomb for Julius II

Author: Christoph Luitpold Frommel,Claudia Echinger-Maurach,Antonio Forcellino,Maria Forcellino

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 1606065033

Category: Art

Page: 66

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In 1505, Michelangelo began planning the magnificent tomb for Pope Julius II, which would dominate the next forty years of his career. Repeated failures to complete the monument were characterized by Condivi, Michelangelo’s authorized biographer, as “the tragedy of the tomb.” This definitive book thoroughly documents the art of the tomb and each stage of its complicated evolution. Authored by Christoph Luitpold Frommel, who also acted as the lead consultant on the recent restoration campaign, this volume offers new post-restoration photography that reveals the beauty of the tomb overall, its individual statues, and its myriad details. This book traces Michelangelo’s stylistic development; documents the dialogue between the artist and his great friend and exacting patron Pope Julius II; unravels the complicated relationship between the master and his assistants, who executed large parts of the design; and sheds new light on the importance of Neo-Platonism in Michelangelo’s thinking. A rich trove of documents in the original Latin and archaic Italian relates the story through letters, contracts, and other records covering Michelangelo’s travels, purchase of the marble, and concerns that arose as work progressed. The book also catalogues fifteen sculptures designed for the tomb and more than eighty related drawings, as well as an extensive and up-to-date bibliography.

Michaelangelo: Selected Readings

Author: William Wallace

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136542752

Category: Art

Page: 696

View: 5741

Michaelangelo: Selected Readings is the long-awaited condensation of the five volume English article collection of Michaelangelo's life. Selections include: Life and Early Works; The Sistine Chapel; San Lorenzo; Tomb of Julius II and Other Works in Rome; and Drawings, Poetry and Miscellaneous Studies.