Love That Moves the Sun: Vittoria Colonna and Michelangelo Buonarroti

Love That Moves the Sun: Vittoria Colonna and Michelangelo Buonarroti

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Finalist for INDIES Book of the Year

In 1534, Michelangelo is no longer safe in Florence. Pope Clement VII, his childhood friend, summons him to Rome not only to protect him from his enemies but also to demand he paint a masterpiece that will be the Medici Pope’s legacy—the Last Judgment, a fresco for the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel.

At the same moment, fate brings the celebrated but reclusive poet Vittoria Colonna to Rome to petition the pope as a favor to a dear friend.

The two encounter each other briefly in the Vatican, and Michelangelo sketches from memory the enigmatic beauty of the poet’s face. When she sees the drawing, she recognizes in the artist the kindred spirit she has found elusive throughout the course of her turbulent life.

This fleeting moment is the foundation of a profound relationship between the two artists that feeds both their creativity and their need for connection in the midst of war-torn 16th century Italy.

Rich historical detail and masterful storytelling bring these legendary characters and their milieu to vivid, unforgettable life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942209546
Publisher: Bellastoria Press LLP
Publication date: 12/01/2018
Pages: 530
Sales rank: 366,338
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

1534

Florence ~ Rome

Chapter 1 – Having Seen Your Face

Chapter 2 – Pulled from Seclusion

1500

Marino ~ Ischia

Chapter 3 – Exile

Chapter 4 – Freedom and Sanctuary

1534

Rome

Chapter 5 – Reawakening

Chapter 6 – An Intellectual and Spiritual Partnership

1501 – 1506

Ischia

Chapter 7 – A Father Returns

Chapter 8 – The Feast of St. John

1535

Ischia

Chapter 9 – A Mother’s Flight

1509

Ischia

Chapter 10 – “Marry me”

Chapter 11 – A Bride’s Radiance

1536

Ischia ~ Fondi ~ Rome

Chapter 12 – Conversations

Chapter 13 - Revelations

1512 – 1513

Pescara ~ Ischia ~ Ravenna ~ Ferrara

Chapter 14 – Waiting

Chapter 15 – A Lonely and Frightened Child

Chapter 16 – A Soldier Takes Command

Chapter 17 – Prisoner

1536

Rome

Chapter 18 – A Stranger’s Welcome

Meditation – Resuming the Journey

1512 - 1513

Ischia ~ Rome

Chapter 19 – A Warrior Returns

Chapter 20 – Mothers

Chapter 21 – Scholars, Poets, Historians and Artists

1536

Rome

Meditation – Becoming Michelangelo

1513 – 1521

Rome ~Ischia ~ Naples

Chapter 22 – “You Rescue Me with Your Words”

Chapter 23 – A Hero’s Homecoming

Chapter 24 – Encroaching Loneliness

1536

Rome

Meditation – A Sacred Meal

1521 – 1522

Ischia

Chapter 25 – A Mother’s Blessing

Chapter 26 – A Rough Passion

Chapter 27 – Love’s Imbalance

1536

Rome

Chapter 28 – “Let Your Suffering Pass to Me”

Chapter 29 – Vigil

1522 – 1525

Arpino ~ Rocca ~ Milan ~ Ischia

Chapter 30 – Solace and Apprehension

Chapter 31 – Betrayal

Chapter 32 – A Broken Man

1526 – 1529

Rome ~ Ischia ~ Bologna

Chapter 33 – Refuge

Chapter 34 – Visit from a Friend

Chapter 35 - A Promise Fulfilled

1537 – 1547

Ferrara ~ Rome ~ Orvieto ~ Viterbo

Chapter 36 – Pilgrim

Chapter 37 – Caritas

Chapter 38 – Flight

Chapter 39 – Spiritual Hunger

Chapter 40 – Inquisition

Epilogue –Without Her Spark

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