Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel
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 ChapelUser 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 ChapelUser Review - Nminnig - Goodreads
Somewhat academic book about the great artist and his astonishing masterpiece Read full review
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The Sistine Chapel Ceiling
The Genesis Cycle first triad
The Genesis Cycle second triad
The Genesis Cycle last triad
The Four Spandrel Paintings
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