Christ of Michelangelo: An Essay on Carnal Spirituality

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Introduction: On the Significance of Michelangelo for the Task of Our Time 3
On the Interpretation of Michelangelo 5
Michelangelo's Erotics 7
Michelangelo and Neoplatonism: The Burden of History 16
Michelangelo and the Logic of History 21
On the Uses of Iconography. A Note to Scholars 26
Pt. 1 The Sistine Chapel
Introduction: The Problem of the Sistine Chapel 35
I The Glory of the Lord: The Sistine Ceiling 39
Painting and Participation 43
The Prophets and the Sibyls 49
The Ignudi and the Putti 52
The Lunettes and the Spandrels 56
The Narratives 58
The Christ of the Ceiling 60
II The Terror of Salvation: The Last Judgment 65
The Problem of Jesus 71
The Nature of Judgment 72
The Idea of the Christ 74
The Christ of Michelangelo 75
On Order, the Sublime and the Numinous in the Sistine Chapel 82
The Transfigured Flesh and the Resurrection of the Body 85
Pt. 2 The Medici Chapel
III The Pain and the Pathos of the Incarnation: The Early Madonnas 91
IV The Transfiguration of Death: The Medici Chapel 99
The Architecture 101
The Tombs 104
The Madonna and Child 109
The Chapel as Liturgy: The Action of the Whole 111
The Ascent of the Mind: An Interlude on the Laurentian Library 115
Pt. 3 The Late Style
V The Late Style and the Tragedy of the Atonement 121
VI The Carnal and the Spiritual: The Late Madonnas 129
VII Christian Tragedy: The Late Crucifixion Drawings 133
VIII Peace out of Pain: The Late Pietas 139
IX St. Peter's and The Christ of Michelangelo 149
Conclusion: Michelangelo and the Principle of Truth 155
Bibliography 169
Illustrations 175
Index 213
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