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In 1508 despite strong advice to the contrary the powerful pope julius ii commissioned michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the newly restored sistine chapel with little experience as a painter though famed for his sculpture david michelangelo was reluctant to begin the massive project. Michelangelo and the popes ceiling by ross king from the acclaimed author of brunelleschis dome and leonardo and the last supper the riveting story of how michelangelo against all odds created the masterpiece that has ever since adorned the ceiling of the sistine chapel. The story of michelangelos struggle to obey a pope and paint a fresco on a ceiling though he always considered himself a sculptor makes for a dramatic book the author shares the story sequentially as michelangelo slowly makes his way across the ceiling over a four year period and intertwines this story with the story of the pope and his desire to keep france out of his realm. Book description almost 500 years after michelangelo buonarroti frescoed the ceiling of the sistine chapel in rome the site still attracts throngs of visitors and is considered one of the artistic masterpieces of the world. Editorial note all quotes unless otherwise identified are from the reviewed book itself michelangelo and the popes ceiling and other books mentioned in wwwartscopenet reviews may be purchased through this sites amazoncom link
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