In 1508, despite strong advice to the contrary, the powerful Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo Buonarroti to paint the ceiling of the newly restored Sistine Chapel in Rome.
During the four extraordinary years that Michelangelo spent laboring over the 12,000 square foot ceiling, power politics and personal rivalries swirled around him. He battled ill health, financial and family difficulties, inadequate knowledge of the art of fresco, and the Pope's impatience - a history that is more compelling than most novels.
The author presents a magnificent tapestry of day-to-day life for the artist, the upheaval of early 16th-century Italy, as well as uncommon insight into the intersection of art and history. In the end, Michelangelo produced one of the world's most renowned artistic wonders.
A Blackstone Audio production.
A Great, Multi-Dimensional Story
Not only did the author explain in great detail the lengths to which Michelangelo went while painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, he set out the surrounding history magnificently. The wars between the church and the city-states, the personality of Pope Julius II ("The Warrior Pope"), the ambitions and work of Raphael--to whom the pope was also a patron--and the competition between Michelangelo and other artists prove that, when detailed and written well enough, truth can be better than fiction. I read this book for an extra credit assignment, and I enjoyed it. Great pictures too, although I guess that's not part of this audiobook.
Not too bad
This is a pretty good book if this is what you're looking for... I had to read it for history class, and was pretty interesting, I'll have to admit. If you like history, I'd recomend this. Also, i got a hardcover book from the library, and the price on the inside is $28, so this'd save you some money if you bought it here.
Don't see this as your only source on the subject.
An entertaining and useful book for a general understanding of the subject and the period. However, reader beware, there are so many "facts" and details that are obviously not well researched or understood. This was disheartening as I enjoyed his book Brunelleschi's Dome. In the end, the inadequate representation of particular subjects, individuals, and the painting itself, had me calling into question those things I'm less familiar with, and as a reader I would like to trust that the author has done thorough research on his subjects. This is an entertaining and useful book, but I would advise further reading on the subject of Raphael, Michelangelo and the creation of the Sistine Chapel.