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Michelangelo & the Pope's ceiling, Ross King

Label
Michelangelo & the Pope's ceiling
Title
Michelangelo & the Pope's ceiling
Statement of responsibility
Ross King
Title variation
Michelangelo and the Pope's ceiling
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 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 to be among the greatest masterpieces of all time. 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.'
Summary
Recounts Michelangelo's creation of his masterpiece, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, from his commission from Pope Julius II, through the artist's four years of work, to the final acclaim at the paintings' 1512 unveiling
Writing style
Award
ALA Notable Book, 2004.
Biography type
contains biographical information
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
155532
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1962-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
King, Ross
Dewey number
759.5
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
ND623.B9
LC item number
K55 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Michelangelo Buonarroti
  • Michelangelo Buonarroti
  • Mural painting and decoration, Italian
  • Mural painting and decoration, Renaissance
  • Cappella Sistina (Vatican Palace, Vatican City)
  • Italy
Target audience
adult
Label
Michelangelo & the Pope's ceiling, Ross King
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [319]-356) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Summons -- Conspiracy -- Warrior Pope -- Penance -- Painting in the wet -- Design -- Assistants -- House of Buonarroti -- Fountains of the great deep -- Competition -- Great quandary -- Flaying of Marsyas -- True colors -- He shall build the temple of the Lord -- Family business -- Laocoon -- Golden age -- School of Athens -- Forbidden fruit -- Barbarous multitudes -- Bologna redux -- World's game -- New and wonderful manner of painting -- First and supreme creator -- Expulsion of Heliodorus -- Monster of Ravenna -- Many strange forms -- Armor of faith and the sword of light -- II Pensieroso -- In evil plight -- Final touches -- Language of the gods -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
14601979
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
373 pages
Isbn
9780802713957
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2003283284
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)53463633
Label
Michelangelo & the Pope's ceiling, Ross King
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [319]-356) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Summons -- Conspiracy -- Warrior Pope -- Penance -- Painting in the wet -- Design -- Assistants -- House of Buonarroti -- Fountains of the great deep -- Competition -- Great quandary -- Flaying of Marsyas -- True colors -- He shall build the temple of the Lord -- Family business -- Laocoon -- Golden age -- School of Athens -- Forbidden fruit -- Barbarous multitudes -- Bologna redux -- World's game -- New and wonderful manner of painting -- First and supreme creator -- Expulsion of Heliodorus -- Monster of Ravenna -- Many strange forms -- Armor of faith and the sword of light -- II Pensieroso -- In evil plight -- Final touches -- Language of the gods -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
14601979
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
373 pages
Isbn
9780802713957
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2003283284
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)53463633

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