Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel

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Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel serves as a lively guide to understanding how Michelangelo, a man who described himself as "no painter," could have created one of the most sublime depictions of God on earth.
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Overview

Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel serves as a lively guide to understanding how Michelangelo, a man who described himself as "no painter," could have created one of the most sublime depictions of God on earth.
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Graham-Dixon, former art critic for the Independent, brings to the fore the greatest achievement of the genius who perhaps best deserves the designation Renaissance man. After a short biography of Michelangelo up to his reluctant acceptance of the pope's commission, Graham-Dixon analyzes the masterpiece itself. He excels at contextualization, appropriately calling the chapel "a simple rectangular building" and making plain how the artist strongly insisted he was a sculptor, not a painter of frescoes. The figures created in this hallowed space are nearly as sculptural as anything truly in the round, a fact the author emphasizes. Graham-Dixon is adept at analyzing the pictorial scheme in its entirety and interpreting the dozens of individual sections of the ceiling's barrel vault. He has managed to resurrect, in an attenuated scholarly nugget, the popular appeal of this great and beloved landmark of the Western world. A focused and instructive read, this refreshing look at a familiar topic should attract a wide readership.
—Douglas F. Smith

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606710135
  • Publisher: MJF Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 207
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    Expected more

    I purchased this book in preparation for a trip to Rome and the Sistine Chapel. I wanted detail sof the paintings and illistrations of the detail so that I could fully appriciate the intricasies. This book had very few pictures and no details of the actual Sistine Chapel. It was more about he life of the artist, which is interesting but not what I was looking for in this instance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Great book.

    I believe I must have been reviewing a different book from previous review as my copy had beautiful reproductions of Micheangelo's greatest works and was extremely helpful in my viewing of actual works in Italy. I thought it was very informative and well worth cost. I viewed my copy on a Nexus 7.

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