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A Splendid Sin: Michelangelo: A Renaissance Affair

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  8 ratings  ·  8 reviews
'A Splendid Sin' is a love story. It is fiction based on fact.

It describes the love of an older man for a younger man and how this love helps create a great work of art, 'The Last Judgement' which stands on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel. It is also the story of genius expressed in artworks breaking boundaries and pushing art into a new form (Mannerism).

ebook, 336 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Cloud Ink Press Ltd
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As regular readers of myblog know, I really enjoy books about art so it will come as no surprise that I liked Alana Bolton Cooke's A Splendid Sin. It's a fictionalised foray into the life of Michelangelo: the sculptor of 'David' in Florence and the 'Pieta' in Vatican City; the painter of the ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and 'The Last Judgement' on its altar wall; and a pioneer in architecture who designed beautiful buildings such as the Laurentian Library and St Peter's Basilica in ...more
Marcus Hobson
I am a ‘stick with it’ type of person when it comes to book reading and will not give up easily. That stubborn trait was rewarded when reading this novel about Michelangelo. The book is certainly wide ranging, covering the whole of his life from his childhood to his death. During that time the main dilemma Michelangelo faced was the same one, the chance of discovery, that someone might betray his feelings for the young men he surrounded himself with. It was a theme that reoccurred again and ...more
Robert Bolton
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
First, a disclaimer: the author is my cousin and I’m not sure I would have chosen this book if she were not. That said, however, I thought ‘A Splendid Sin’ was a truly ‘splendid’ book. It’s saturated with the atmosphere of renaissance Rome, beautifully blends historic facts – people and events – with entertaining and plausible fiction, and portrays Michaelangelo, from boyhood to death, in a way that dry history and biographies do not. Indeed, I really came to know the man, following him from his ...more
John Crockett
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
'A Splendid Sin' by Alana Bolton Cooke is a slow-burning novel. It deserves patient, careful reading as it explores the illicit relationship between the mature Michelangelo and Tommaso de Cavalieri, his young lover. Bolton Cooke has embarked on a very ambitious project, making their affair the dominant theme of her historical novel. Authenticity is assured by the very detailed psychological exploration of the relationship, given further support by the interspersing throughout the narrative of ...more
J A Grierson
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Although I'd studied Renaissance Art, I had no idea about who Michelangelo, the man, really was until I read this book. His homosexuality was both an inspiration and a torment to him, and once the secret is out traces of his obsession with male beauty can be seen everywhere in his great works. A Splendid Sin evokes the artistic rivalries and hypocrisies that haunted Michelangelo from his earliest days. For lovers of art, it is a pleasure to gain insights into his creative process, drawn (if ...more
Josie Laird
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
The author must have done a year's worth of research for this book. Her bibliography is extensive, and she describes the art with a great deal of understanding. I needed to do my own research at times (eg what the term cartoon meant then). She conveys Michelangelo's brilliance well, and his tortured conflict between his attraction to men and his faith.
I felt the book was too long, and explained his conflict too often. Also, because we see the action from multiple points of view (Michelangelo,
Dione Jones
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating historical novel about Michelangelo and his affair with Tommaso de Cavalieri during the time he was painting the Last Judgement.

Michelangelo was an interesting personality and a devout Catholic and was inspired by the beauty of the human form. This made him somewhat controversial.

The novel is fiction but the author did a lot of research and explains what is factual and what she has assumed or invented. Written well in a style which suits the story.
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting fictionalisation about the life of Michelangelo and the relationship he had with the Church, Popes and various people in Florence and Rome.
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