Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2009 - Art - 207 pages
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You cannot stand underneath the masterwork that is the Sistine Chapel without considering the genius and painstaking work that went into its creation. Michelangelo Buonarroti never wanted to paint the Sistine Chapel, though. Appointed by the temperamental Julius II, Michelangelo believed the suspiciously large-scale project to be a plot for failure conspired by his rivals and the "Warrior Pope." After all, Michelangelo was not a painter—he was a sculptor. The noble artist reluctantly took on the daunting task that would damage his neck, back, and eyes (if you have ever strained to admire the real thing, you know). Andrew Graham-Dixon tells the story behind the famous painted ceiling over which the great artist painfully toiled for four long years.

Linking Michelangelo's personal life to his work on the Sistine Chapel, Graham-Dixon describes Michelangelo's unique depiction of the Book of Genesis, tackles ambiguities in the work, and details the painstaking work that went into Michelangelo's magnificent creation. Complete with rich, full-color illustrations and Graham-Dixon's articulate narrative, Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel is an indispensable and significant piece of art criticism. It humanizes this heavenly masterpiece in a way that every art enthusiast, student, and professional can understand and appreciate.
  

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Review: Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel

User Review  - Heather Fryling - Goodreads

This was a brilliant introduction to Michelangelo and Renaissance art for the absolute beginner. It was interesting and well written, and it flowed so well that I hardly noticed time passing as I read it. Read full review

Review: Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel

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Somewhat academic book about the great artist and his astonishing masterpiece Read full review

Contents

Preface
xi
Introduction
1
Michelangelo Buonarroti and His World
9
The Sistine Chapel Ceiling
67
The Genesis Cycle first triad
73
The Genesis Cycle second triad
80
The Genesis Cycle last triad
97
The Four Spandrel Paintings
118
The Ancestors of Christ
137
The Prophets and Sibyls
142
Conclusion
178
Notes
188
Bibliography
195
Illustration Acknowledgements
197
Index
200
Copyright

The Imaginary Architecture the Bronze Figures the Ignudi
130

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About the author (2009)

Andrew Graham-Dixon has presented six landmark series on art for the BBC, including the acclaimed A History of British Art, Renaissance and Art of Eternity, as well as numerous individual documentaries on art and artists. For more than twenty years he has published a weekly column on art, first in the Independent and, more recently, in the Sunday Telegraph. He has written a number of acclaimed books, on subjects ranging from medieval painting and sculpture to the art of the present, including Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane,Art: The Definitive Visual Guide, and Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel.

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