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Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling by Ross King
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Aug 09, 2009

it was amazing

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 amazed by the incredible talent of Michelangelo despite some very obvious mental health and personality defects.
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