Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling

Michelangelo and the Pope s Ceiling In despite strong advice to the contrary the powerful Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the newly restored Sistine Chapel With little experience as a painter thou

  • Title: Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
  • Author: Ross King
  • ISBN: 9780142003695
  • Page: 273
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1508, despite strong advice to the contrary, the powerful Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the newly restored Sistine Chapel With little experience as a painter though famed for his sculpture David , Michelangelo was reluctant to begin the massive project Michelangelo and the Pope s Ceiling recounts the four extraordinary years MichelaIn 1508, despite strong advice to the contrary, the powerful Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the newly restored Sistine Chapel With little experience as a painter though famed for his sculpture David , Michelangelo was reluctant to begin the massive project Michelangelo and the Pope s Ceiling recounts the four extraordinary years Michelangelo spent laboring over the vast ceiling while the power politics and personal rivalries that abounded in Rome swirled around him Battling against ill health, financial difficulties, domestic problems, the pope s impatience, and a bitter rivalry with the brilliant young painter Raphael, Michelangelo created scenes so beautiful that they are considered one of the greatest masterpieces of all time A panorama of illustrious figures converged around the creation of this great work from the great Dutch scholar Desiderius Erasmus to the young Martin Luther and Ross King skillfully weaves them through his compelling historical narrative, offering uncommon insight into the intersection of art and history.

    Michelangelo HISTORY Michelangelo was a sculptor, painter and architect widely considered to be one of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance period and arguably of all time. Michelangelo Art, Sculptures Quotes Biography Painter, sculptor, architect and poet Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni March , to February , is considered one of the most famous artists of the Italian Renaissance, with works including the David and Pieta statues and the ceiling Michelangelo Biography, Facts, Accomplishments Michelangelo, in full Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, born March , , Caprese, Republic of Florence Italy died February , , Rome, Papal States , Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, and poet who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Michelangelo Paintings,Sculptures,Biography of Michelangelo Michelangelo was without doubt one of the most inspirational and talented artists in modern history During his life, the western world underwent what was perhaps the most remarkable period of change since the decline of the Roman Empire. Michelangelo and the Pope s Ceiling Summary SuperSummary Michelangelo and the Pope s Ceiling Summary Instead, the book provides an account of Michelangelo s quotidian work and the people who labored alongside him From the assistants who directly supported Michelangelo s work on the Sistine Chapel ceiling to the artist s often turbulent rivalry with Raphael, King spares no detail, not even the day to day details are missing from King s account. Michelangelo Biography, Life Quotes TheArtStory Michelangelo Museum, in Caprese, the village in which Michelangelo was born Michelangelo was born to Leonardo di Buonarrota and Francesca di Neri del Miniato di Siena, a middle class family of bankers in the small village of Caprese, near Arezzo, in Tuscany. Michelangelo and the Pope s Ceiling Scrupulously researched, written with panache, Ross King s Michelangelo and the Pope s Ceiling is a sublime peek into a remarkable era The Miami Herald Ross King expertly wipes away such smudges from the story of this great painting, only to uncover a truth even exciting and improbable. Michelangelo Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni or commonly known by his first name Michelangelo ma k l nd lo Italian mike land elo di lodo vi ko bw nar r ti si mo ni March February was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance born in the Republic of Florence, who exerted an Leda and the Swan Michelangelo Leda and the Swan is a lost tempera on canvas painting by Michelangelo, produced in but now only surviving in copies and variants.The work depicted the Greek myth of Leda and the Swan. History Bibliography in Italian Ettore Camesasca, Michelangelo pittore, Rizzoli, Milano . The Michelangelo Hotel New York by Times Square and The Michelangelo The Michelangelo hotel is in the heart of Manhattan, on the corner of st Street and th Avenue in the Midtown District, surrounded by New York s top attractions The Rockefeller Center and the famous th Avenue, the ultimate exclusive shopping destination, are

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    1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.Ross King born July 16, 1962 is a Canadian novelist and non fiction writer He began his career by writing two works of historical fiction in the 1990s, later turning to non fiction, and has since written several critically acclaimed and best selling historical works.King was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada and was raised in the nearby village of North Portal He received his undergraduate university education at the University of Regina, where in 1984 he completed a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in English Literature Continuing his studies at the University of Regina, he received a Master of Arts degree in 1986 upon completing a thesis on the poet T.S Eliot Later he achieved a Ph.D from York University in Toronto 1992 , where he specialized eighteenth century English literature.King moved to England to take up a position as a post doctoral research fellow at University College, London It was at this time that he began writing his first novel.For Michelangelo and the Pope s Ceiling, King was nominated in 2003 for a National Book Critics Circle Award Brunelleschi s Dome was on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, the Boston Globe and the San Francisco Chronicle, and was the recipient of several awards including the 2000 Book Sense Nonfiction Book of the Year.He lectures frequently in both Europe and North America, and has given guided tours of the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence and of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.King currently lives in Woodstock, England with his wife Melanie

    2. There are some works of art that are so transcendent, so seemingly divinely inspired, that you almost don’t want to look too closely at the individual(s) responsible for creating such magnificent beauty lest they turn out to be total douche bags. It’s a little bit like seeing how the sausage is made. “Man, this sausage is delicious…I can’t wait to see how you guys do—wait…oh…oh, no…hold on…is that pig anus you’re putting in there?! Seriously? Like, the anus of a pig? I’m [...]

    3. What a treat. This book felt like the best read I've had in a long time. This may seem unfair to some of the great books I've read recently, but this one was at the same time instructive and of very easy access. It covered everything from the technical aspects of painting frescos to the artistic concerns that went into the vault of the Sistine Chapel, to the geo-political landscape of Italy at the beginning of the 16th Century.The books starts with Michelangelo's early career and how he landed t [...]

    4. Russ King’s bestseller describes the painting of the Sistine Chapel under the reign of Pope Julius II, a notorious tyrant of a pope. The book details the technical challenges of the painting of the Sistine Chapel (ranging from paint issues to scaffolding issues to design issues), the life of Michelangelo leading up to the commission, the historical events during the reign of Julius and how they intersect with the chapel painting, and other such details. Overall, I had a hard time getting throu [...]

    5. Another fine volume of art history from Ross King. This covers most closely Michelangelo's early years in Rome, from 1505 when he got the commission for Pope Julius II's tomb, through 1512, when he finally finished the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The notoriously grumpy genius was immortalized twice (at least) by artists working at the Vatican in those years - by himself as the prophet Jeremiah, and by Raphael as the notoriously grumpy genius Heraclitus in his "The Academy of Athens."By the en [...]

    6. Having immensely enjoyed reading Brunelleschi's Dome by the same author, I knew this bestseller about Michelangelo would not disappoint. Through thorough research, Ross King exposes truths that rectify many prevailing myths, particularly those promulgated by cinema. Indeed, Michelangelo did not lie flat on his back to paint painstakingly the frescoed scenes on the curved Sistine Chapel ceiling. The artist, in fact, wrote to his father describing how he had to stand on raised scaffolding in an un [...]

    7. I remember myself standing in Sistine Chapel. I was standing there speechless, throwing my head back, absolutely dazzled by what I was experiencing. Later I thought, though, what other people had felt standing there. Did they know the story behind Pope's ceiling in question? Did they understand the narrative of each scene they saw? Did they try to imagine what creating such a masterpiece required? Or were they simply standing there thinking why on Earth THIS is considered to be one of the greate [...]

    8. This book is a fascinating trip through early 16th century Italy, focusing mainly on the frescoing of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. I read several reviews here on in which the reviewers felt that the author should have stuck solely to Michelangelo and his art, and that all the other information given is completely extraneous. I have to say I completely disagree with that. A work of art is not created in a vacuum. There were many events, political and religious, swirling around Michelangelo [...]

    9. why is this book soooo boring?! I'm only on page 100-ish and it's taken me forever to get that far because it's so boring. not sure how much longer i can hang onCan't hang on any longer! made it to like 70 pages left, figure i will pick it back up again when i get a bad case of insomnia as it is sure to cure it!

    10. Far from the usual dry commentary that is found most art history books, Michelangelo is portrayed as a real person living in his world with all of the problems and challenges that are familiar to us today. Family issues, living conditions, a demanding boss, technical challenges and financial problems plague him as he works on this unwanted commission from Pope Julius II.I was surprised to learn of the simmering rivalries with his contemporaries, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci.I especially enjoyed [...]

    11. It was a huge chore to slug my way through this tome. Perhaps if a trip to Italy were in the near future I'd have enjoyed it more. As it is, I realized that the descriptions of more than one painting or fresco were ones I'd blithely walked past with barely a glance when I was in Florence a few years ago. I did learn a lot about the Sistine Chapel and if I ever see it I'll know more than most, but that's what tour guides are for, so why did I force myself to finish it? No reason but stubbornness [...]

    12. I am torn between 3 and 4 stars for this book. I loved the history of the period and of the art enough for 5 stars but I just did not find the writing compelling. There is nothing wrong with it, it is all very well written, it just leaves a bit to be desired in the enjoyment category in that, for me, it was not a page-turner.Especially interesting are the characters of Michelangelo and the Pope. There are wonderful scenes of Michelangelo showing why he was possibly the only man in Rome who could [...]

    13. Although I enjoyed this book overall, and King does a good job dispelling some of the myths that have arisen around Michelangelo and the painting of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling, it read too much like an art major's master thesis. It felt like the author wasn't really engaged with his subject, or wasn't able to convey his enthusiasm if he was. I was also disappointed that the picture section 1. did not show the ceiling in its entirety, and 2. did not have close-up views of the panels beyond one [...]

    14. Recently visited Italy and got to see the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican Museum and someone recommended this book which tells the story of Michaelangelo and the history of the four years it took to complete this monumental art project.

    15. This very interesting book tells the story of how a notable sculptor such as Michelangelo Buonarroti came to spend four years or more of his life painting the ceilings of the Sistine Chapel for pope Julius II. Ross King does a masterful, well researched job of describing the circumstances leading to pope Julius insisting Michelangelo abandon the craft forms he knew and delve into painting, (which he had some training and a little experience with) and more importantly fresco, with which he had vi [...]

    16. Another excellent popular account of the painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling. I found the discussion of Italian history during this period, especially the wars of Pope Julius II to be informative. I read this on the Kindle; one problem with a book about art is that you want to see what the author is talking about, and the Kindle version only provided microscopic (IMO) views of what he was talking about.The book also covers Raphael's murals in the Papal Apartments. This was also interesting, b [...]

    17. comprehensive and fascinating discourse about Michaelangelo and Pope Julius II as well as Raphael, contemporaneous politics, religion, culture, etc. in another book, Vittoria Colonna was said to be an inspirer to Michaelangelo; this book seemed to indicate that he had no female intimates of any kind even though the time periods seemed to overlap.

    18. At the age of 33, the sculptor Michelangelo Buonarroti, was summoned to Rome by Pope Julius II. Having been essentially fired from the job of sculpting the Pope's tomb, this strong willed artist defied and denied the invitation as long as he could. Since his patrons, the Medici, did not want a war over this, he reluctantly went. To finally arrive and learn that the task was a mammoth painting assignment must have been a shock. He was not a painter. He wanted to finish the tomb.Then follows the a [...]

    19. From the back cover:In 1508, Pop Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to pain the ceiling of hte 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 on 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 b [...]

    20. I suppose I should give this book five stars because it has lead me on to a more extensive study of Michelangelo. It was somewhat slow going as I read the book because I kept switching to my iPad to look up pictures of various works of art mentioned in the book. Years ago I read Irving Stone's "The Agony and the Ecstasy," then saw the movie and was captivated by it. However, I learned through Ross King's book that there is much mythology in Stone's book. King has done a vast amount of research, [...]

    21. This book took me soo damn long, but I can't complain after reading how painfully long and agonizing it was for Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel. I obviously have no concept of "soo damn long." I really enjoyed the detailed history lessons, il papa terrible, the parallels of Michelangelo and Raphael, and the direct quotes taken from correspondence at that time. With that being said, although this book conveniently has some photographs tucked in and black and white visuals interspersed, t [...]

    22. Ross King made an enormous contribution with his previous work on Brunelleschi and the dome at Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence. With extensive illustrations, he gave us a history rich in entertaining anecdotal detail, but also an in-depth understanding of the engineering challenges and the aesthetics of the city, the period, and the people involved in this project.That book was surely a tough act to follow, but this would have been a suitable subject: Michelangelo's engagement by Pope Julius I [...]

    23. King does a fine job of pulling together information about Michelangelo himself, his struggles with "il papa terribile" Julius II as well as with his family members and his rivals. There is much detailed information here about the painting of the Sistine Chapel and some can get a bit tedious. But King uses short chapters to good effect in presenting the complex history of Julius II's wars with Louis XII of France and the Duke of Ferrara. Usually I nod off at the mention of a battle. But the inte [...]

    24. This year my goal is to read a book set in each country of the world. I find myself reading books that have been languishing in my physical library (as well as my ebook library) for a long time, which is a good thing. To my delight, I am loving this journey of finding new authors. For me a book is a good one when it points me to other books and more in-depth research. Michaelangelo and Pope's Ceiling is one of them. I had seen the Sistine Chapel, as well as the Pieta years ago during a trip to R [...]

    25. What a great read! I'm fascinated by Michelangelo's work on the Sistine ceiling, and learning more about its production was a walk through a fascinating chapter of European and Church history. Like many, my image is taken from "The Agony and the Ecstasy"-- Charlton Heston's Michelangelo as a solitary figure, lying on his back painting. King's book explodes that myth. He shows him rather as the head of a team of skilled laborers, with the artist still emerging as a remarkable talent revered by hi [...]

    26. I was looking forward to reading this one; not only a NY Times Bestseller but also a narrative about one of mankind's greatest artistic achievements: the ceiling frescoes of the Sistine Chapel. And yetwhile the book is entertaining and fast-paced, it tends to wander. Mr. King apparently couldn't stay focused on the main event, and so the story spends too much time on the geopolitics and other skullduggeries of Renaissance Italy, Papal politics, Michelangelo's family problems, his rivalry with Ra [...]

    27. Another extremely well-researched and crisply written art history by Ross King. Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling provides thorough detail on the political and martial maneuvering taking place in Italy during the early years of the 16th century; informative biographical information on Pope Julius II, Michelangelo, and Raphael, who was working on the Papal Apartments located closely to the Sistine Chapel; the slow, incremental process of each tableau that composes the Sistine Chapel's ceiling; [...]

    28. This is a biography of Michelangelo centering around his frescoing of the Sistine Chapel ceiling at the Vatican in Rome. It is a completely fascinating and well written description of the politics, artistic processes and interpersonal drama that went into the famous fresco. This book is full of art and Roman history, providing a very interesting context to Michelangelo's life and work. I was astonished by the corruption and narcissism of Pope Julius II, who commissioned the ceiling fresco and am [...]

    29. I really wish I had finished this book before visiting the Sistine, but I was only partway through it at the time. It's a really great starter book on how Michelangelo was commissioned to work on the ceiling, his rivalry with Raphael who was working in the Pope's apartments at the same time, and the Warrior Pope. Sometimes it gets bogged down in details, and I wished there were more pictures that I could refer to more often, but it was a good read and gave me a new appreciation for Michelangelo' [...]

    30. I want to soar to the ceiling in flights of inspiration and majesty. I want to marvel at the shear audacity of creation and imagination. I want the swirling images to be like the music of Mozart. I want to know how so few humans attain the divine. I want to taste the paint in the air as angels guide his hands. I want the world to bow in homage of magnificence. I want to stand silently and weep from beauty. I want to know God smiled. The rest is details. And the book covers all that.

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