Michelangelo and The Sistine Chapel by Andrew Graham-Dixon

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You cannot stand underneath the masterwork that is the Sistine Chapel without considering the genius and painstaking work that went into its creation. Michelangelo Buonarroti never wanted to paint the Sistine Chapel, though. Appointed by the temperamental Julius II, Michelangelo believed the suspiciously large-scale project to be a plot for failure conspired by his rivals and the "Warrior Pope." After all, Michelangelo was not a painter—he was a sculptor. The noble artist reluctantly took on the daunting task that would damage his neck, back, and eyes (if you have ever strained to admire the real thing, you know). Andrew Graham-Dixon tells the story behind the famous painted ceiling over which the great artist painfully toiled for four long years.

Linking Michelangelo's personal life to his work on the Sistine Chapel, Graham-Dixon describes Michelangelo's unique depiction of the Book of Genesis, tackles ambiguities in the work, and details the painstaking work that went into Michelangelo's magnificent creation. Complete with rich, full-color illustrations and Graham-Dixon's articulate narrative, Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel is an indispensable and significant piece of art criticism. It humanizes this heavenly masterpiece in a way that every art enthusiast, student, and professional can understand and appreciate.

About Andrew Graham-Dixon

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Andrew Graham-Dixon has presented six landmark series on art for the BBC, including the acclaimed A History of British Art, Renaissance and Art of Eternity, as well as numerous individual documentaries on art and artists. For more than twenty years he has published a weekly column on art, first in the Independent and, more recently, in the Sunday Telegraph. He has written a number of acclaimed books, on subjects ranging from medieval painting and sculpture to the art of the present, including Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane,Art: The Definitive Visual Guide, and Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel.
Published February 2, 2009 by Skyhorse Publishing. 240 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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When, after four years of neck-cramping effort, Michelangelo made it to the last of the Genesis cycle scenes on the Sistine Chapel's ceiling, he threw caution to the wind.

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In between making a television series on the art of Spain and being resident art critic of both The Sunday Telegraph and BBC2's The Culture Show - although this last makes few intellectual demands of him - Andrew Graham-Dixon has found time to knock out a book on arguably the greatest work of pai...

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