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King's historical account of the four years Michelangelo Buonarroti spent frescoing the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome is splendid, thorough and detailed. But its larger appeal lies in the way King (Brunelleschi's Dome) brings out the story's human elements. Listeners learn of Michelangelo's bitter disappointment when a project he was eagerly looking forward to (the construction of the Pope's tomb) was cancelled and that he had little experience with the art of fresco and was reluctant to take on the Sistine Chapel. King explains the craft of frescoing with involving details: for example, fresco dries quickly, so the artist could work only in small sections, and if a mistake was found after the paint dried, the whole day's work had to be chipped away and redone. Listeners also learn of Michelangelo's financial woes and family problems and the political upheavals of the time. Sklar's narration is perfect for the project. His lively and expressive reading add a realistic edge to a centuries-old tale. He speaks passionately and his accent on the Italian names and phrases is flawless.
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A celebrated novelist as well as a lively nonfiction writer, King casts fiction's spell as he tells the creation stories of crowning artistic achievements, first in the widely acclaimed Brunelleschi's Dome (2000), and now in this exciting account of the making of Michelangelo's magnificent Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes. Not only is King fluent in the complicated art of frescoing, a chancy technique sculptor Michelangelo (1475-1564) was loathe to undertake, he also relishes the tumultuous politics of early-sixteenth-century Rome, particularly the escapades of the irascible, syphilitic, gourmand Pope Julius II, Michelangelo's demanding patron. Everyone in Rome was terrified of this stick-wielding, bearded, warrior pope except for moody, homely, antisocial Michelangelo, and King recounts their skirmishes with as much verve as he chronicles the arduous efforts involved in creating the most famous ceiling in the world. Brilliant and tireless, Michelangelo designed an ingenious form of scaffolding and quickly mastered fresco's secrets so that he could paint his powerful, anatomically exact Old Testament figures freehand in an inspired frenzy. King chronicles Michelangelo's aesthetic decisions and clarion triumphs over myriad forms of adversity with expertise and contagious enthusiasm. Donna Seaman
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For anyone travelling to Rome and planning on seeing the Sistine Chapel this an excellent read about Michelangelo's magnum opus.Published 11 months ago by Deborah Mckinley
very good book and very good stories (story) when you start reading it you can't stop ever after I recommand itPublished on July 30 2013 by Claude Couillard
A well written account of Michelangelo's life,personality and various works. It also gives a flavour of the history and times he lived in as well as including relevant photographs... Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2006
King exhibits a masters touch in his descriptive writing, panache and almost daily record of the artists life. Read morePublished on July 2 2004 by William A. Gast
I know I'm a lone voice on this, but I felt the same way about Brunelleschi's Dome. This book really should have been fascinating: it is so chock full of very interesting... Read morePublished on June 26 2004 by Megan
I got this book as a BDay gift and although being a history fan, I tought it is gonna be just way too much information about Sistine Chapel's painting, but how wrong I was. Read morePublished on June 25 2004
This is a fascinating story if you're interested in art and italy! brings the best of both worlds and you'll have trouble putting the book down!Published on June 18 2004 by Florentine at heart
A well-written book that balances the telling of the rich history of the time with the many human stories involved in the painting of the Pope's ceiling. Read morePublished on June 12 2004 by Susan L. Moscareillo