What it is, where it is, why it is famous The Sistine Chapel is the chapel of the pope.
Michelangelo & the Pope's Ceiling (Book): King, Ross, In , 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. May 30, · Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel Ceiling. In , Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to sculpt him a grand tomb with 40 life-size statues, and the artist began work. Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling blends with success the troubles of an era, the rationale behind the art, and the day-to-day struggles with plaster, paint, and pigments. It is the tale of Michelangelo's grumbling, undeniable artistry, Raphael's grace-filled genius, Pope Julius's temporal ambitions; and it is not the tale of any of these.
This ought not to be so, because his first biographers and best sources were his friends, Giorgio Vasari and Ascanio Condivi. For Vasari, the divine Michelangelo was the pinnacle of all art, the summation of a multiple fable called The Lives of the Artists, Sculptors and Architects, with its happy fulfilment in the age of the Medicis and the popes Julius II and Leo X.
Bywhen Condivi was writing and Vasari published his first edition, Michelangelo was 75, full of a belief in the mystic inspiration of the artist.
He dictated out of his story any inference that his younger self had learnt from any other living artist even he would not have excepted the greatest dead Florentine artists of the cinquecento, Masaccio and Donatello.
If Michelangelo learnt about fresco techniques anywhere, it was here. He grew to reject Ghirlandaio, but his master, with his vivid settings in contemporary Florence and the family house of his clients, the Tornabuoni family, was the Renaissance equivalent to the Baudelairean painter of modern life - Manet, perhaps this would make Masaccio, with the dignified working men of the Brancacci frescoes from which Michelangelo had made drawings, the renaissance Braque, and Michelangelo himself the divine Pablo Picasso.
Michelangelo immediately dazzled his patron by picking up hammer and chisel and knocking out a small masterpiece. But this story too is a myth. There is no record of any such school and, as EH Gombrich has argued, Il Magnifico devoted his energies to collecting coins and gems; his father and grandfather were the great patrons.
But in the time of Condivi and Vasari, the Medicis still needed to be flattered.
Ross King knows all this. His long bibliography shows as much. His difficulty is that he wants to tell a story as vividly as Vasari, but to make anything much more than a pass at nice judgment would result in a disjointed tale inimical to his enterprise.
This is deeply improbable. The iconology of all church paintings was the business of churchmen, and in the Vatican there was a whole team of Dominican theologians for the purpose.
The design was a different matter. Here, Michelangelo had his own way.
Anything else is inconceivable: The constituents of the plaster posed a problem that almost led Michelangelo into disaster and caused him to complain for the hundredth time that he was a sculptor not a painter. He was rescued by a jobbing architect with experience of fresco; the problem was that Michelangelo had been mixing too much water with his plaster.
Even without the rivalries, real and imagined, with Raphael and with Bramante, this is a good read, surmounting the problem of a prose style in which refusals are always "flat", plans are "hatched", annexations are "land grabs", there is a new "boy wonder" Raphaeland people have "mammoth" aspirations or "stellar" reputations.Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling tells the amazing story of how the Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel in Rome.
Michelangelo is a sculptor not an artist and did . In , the Pope had Michelangelo stop work on the tomb and begin painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Michelangelo, annoyed at the disruption, wanted to finish the difficult work of painting the enormous ceiling as quickly as possible. Mr. King talked about his book Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling, published by Walker and ph-vs.com book tells the story of how Pope Julius commissioned Michelangelo to fresco the ceiling of the.
Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling recounts the four extraordinary years Michela With little experience as a painter (though famed for his sculpture David), Michelangelo was reluctant to /5. About Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling From the acclaimed author of Brunelleschi's 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.
Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling by Ross King pp, Chatto & Windus, £ Writing Michelangelo Buonarroti's life is a tough option.
This ought not to be so, because his first biographers.