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Michelangelo & the Pope's Ceiling - Ross King

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Read by Alan Sklar
Format: MP3
Bitrate: 64 Kbps

Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Release date: October 31, 2006
Duration: 07:25:21

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. Four years earlier, at the age of twenty-nine, Michelangelo had unveiled his masterful statue of David in Florence; however, he had little experience as a painter, even less working in the delicate medium of fresco, and none with the challenging curved surfaces of vaults. The temperamental Michelangelo was himself reluctant: He stormed away from Rome, incurring Julius’s wrath, before he was eventually persuaded to begin.”

“Michelangelo & the Pope’s Ceiling recounts the fascinating story of the four extraordinary years he spent laboring over the twelve thousand square feet of the vast ceiling while the power politics and personal rivalries that abounded in Rome swirled around him. Contrary to legend, he neither worked alone nor on his back. He and his handpicked assistants stood bending backward on a special scaffold he designed for the purpose. Battling against ill health, financial difficulties, domestic and family problems, and the pope’s impatience, Michelangelo created scenes - including The Creation, The Temptation, and The Flood - so beautiful that, when they were unveiled in 1512, they stunned onlookers. In the end, he produced one of the greatest masterpieces of all time, about which Giorgio Vasari, in his Lives of the Artists, wrote, “There is no other work to compare with this for excellence, nor could there be

Reader Alan Sklar is an engaging guide as he immerses listeners in the world of the brilliant, yet difficult Michelangelo. Sklar’s clear Italian brings a fluid handling of the many names. His accent is so precise and careful that it’s a language lesson. Using a respectful pace, Sklar allows listeners time to absorb the many details–the complexity of fresco painting, or the byzantine negotiations over papal commissions. Intriguing armchair travel, or a fine companion to a visit to Italy. R.F.W. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine

This is an approved abridgement. I have listened to several chapters and found deletions to be minimal: excess details, reference to other works, etc, spread over the 32 chapters. The sound is also much clearer and the rendering is impeccable.

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01 - Michelangelo and the Popes Ceiling.mp3 8.3 MBs
02 - Chapter 2.mp3 11.36 MBs
03 - Chapter 3.mp3 7.98 MBs
04 - Chapter 4.mp3 3.09 MBs
05 - Chapter 5.mp3 6.71 MBs
06 - Chapter 6.mp3 5.85 MBs
07 - Chapter 7.mp3 5.77 MBs
08 - Chapter 8.mp3 6.03 MBs
09 - Chapter 9.mp3 6.98 MBs
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11 - Chapter 11.mp3 7.57 MBs
12 - Chapter 12.mp3 5.29 MBs
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15 - Chapter 15.mp3 8.94 MBs
16 - Chapter 16.mp3 4.52 MBs
17 - Chapter 17.mp3 7.54 MBs
18 - Chapter 18.mp3 6.45 MBs
19 - Chapter 19.mp3 7.26 MBs
20 - Chapter 20.mp3 5.93 MBs
21 - Chapter 21.mp3 4.14 MBs
22 - Chapter 22.mp3 7.72 MBs
23 - Chapter 23.mp3 3.79 MBs
24 - Chapter 24.mp3 7.27 MBs
25 - Chapter 25.mp3 2.17 MBs
26 - Chapter 26.mp3 3.81 MBs
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28 - Chapter 28.mp3 2.59 MBs
29 - Chapter 29.mp3 5.9 MBs
30 - Chapter 30.mp3 8.44 MBs
31 - Chapter 31.mp3 7.61 MBs
32 - Epilogue.mp3 8.79 MBs
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