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Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling by Ross King
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it was amazing

What a great read! I'm fascinated by Michelangelo's work on the Sistine ceiling, and learning more about its production was a walk through a fascinating chapter of European and Church history.

Like many, my image is taken from "The Agony and the Ecstasy"-- Charlton Heston's Michelangelo as a solitary figure, lying on his back painting. King's book explodes that myth. He shows him rather as the head of a team of skilled laborers, with the artist still emerging as a remarkable talent revered by his peers, including Raphael, the young upstart who labors at the same time painting the stunning, yet less well known, "School of Athens."

As a Catholic theologian I grimaced at the ugly papacy of Julius II, the megalomaniac who ran roughshod over the gospel to claim papal states in open war. This backdrop, and this man, brought into sharp relief how fragile was the very possibility of Michelangelo's finishing the work at all. Somehow he managed--amidst negotiations with the pope, noise from his family in Florence, jealousy and competition with his artistic mentors and peers, and politicking with cardinals--to produce one of the world's most astounding works of art.
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April 3, 2014 – Shelved
April 3, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
April 16, 2014 – Started Reading
April 16, 2014 – Finished Reading

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