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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,262 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ross King Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: AudioGO Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1508, despite strong advice to the contrary, the powerful Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo Buonarroti to paint the ceiling of the newly restored Sistine Chapel in Rome. During the four extraordinary years that Michelangelo spent laboring over the 12,000 square foot ceiling, power politics and personal rivalries swirled around him. He battled ill health, financial and family difficulties, inadequate knowledge of the art of fresco, and the Pope's impatience - a history that is more compelling than most novels. The author presents a magnificent tapestry of day-to-day life for the artist, the upheaval of early 16th-century Italy, as well as uncommon insight into the intersection of art and history. In the end, Michelangelo produced one of the world's most renowned artistic wonders. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mireserenya | 2/20/2014

    " Ross King does an excellent job of telling the tale of Michelangelo's painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling in context of the time. By juxtaposing Michelangelo's work on the ceiling with that of Raphael's frescos in the Pope's chambers, Mr. King reveals the interesting history of art. Like his other works, Mr. King tells the story in short vignettes loaded with detail and the occasional bit of wit. I recommend this book to people who are looking to get a broader understand of the history that surrounded the painting of the ceiling and motivated Michelangelo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Belinda | 2/16/2014

    " This was really quite good. It is the story of Michelangelo's commission to paint the frescoes on the Sistine Chapel. It is also a history of the times and Michelangelo's troubled relationship with the Pope. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Richard | 2/6/2014

    " Very good story of the Sistine Chapel painting. Lots of good stories and historical relevance. Plus the art stuff. Fascinating book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Craig Mattson | 2/3/2014

    " One of my top ten for history! The author captures the atmosphere of the renaissance, the personalities of some amazing figures, and a nutty pope! Really, a great one! "

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