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Michelangelo: The Vatican Frescoes
The restoration of Michelangelo's magnificent frescoes in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel is perhaps the most controversial event in the art world in the past three decades. Now, after nearly fifteen years of effort, the restoration is finally complete. This unique volume-the first to document the project-is the result of an unparalleled international photographic campaign. F ...more
Hardcover, 271 pages
Published February 1st 1997 by Abbeville Press
(first published 1992)
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Before making a purchase, I carefully compared several books on the Sistine Chapel, because what's the point of buying a book on the Chapel that doesn't do justice to the splendor of that magnificent place? I quickly learned that there is no point in buying a pre-restoration book, because the candle smoke and incense of centuries had buried Michelangelo's vibrant colors under a film of dingy gray. There are those who believe that the restoration team went too far and left the colors brighter tha ...more
The pictures in this book are fabulous! And the story of the restoration is fascinating reading. I'm not sure it contains much historical or biographical info about the artist that is not approved by the Catholic Church but the pictures are definitely worth the price of the book.