The Sistine Secrets

The Sistine Secrets

Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican

Book - 2009
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Five hundred years ago Michelangelo began work on a painting that became one of the most famous pieces of art in the world-the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Every year millions of people come to see the largest fresco painting on earth in the holiest of Christianity's chapels; yet there is not one single Christian image in this vast, magnificent artwork. This book tells how Michelangelo embedded messages of brotherhood, tolerance, and freethinking in his painting to encourage "fellow travelers" to challenge the repressive Roman Catholic Church of his time. Authors Blech and Doliner reveal what Michelangelo meant in the angelic representations that brilliantly mocked his papal patron, how he managed to sneak unorthodox heresies into his ostensibly pious portrayals, and how he was able to fulfill his lifelong ambition to bridge the wisdom of science with the strictures of faith.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York :, HarperOne,, 2009.
Edition: First HarperCollins paperback edition.
ISBN: 9780061469053
006146905X
Branch Call Number: 759.5 M6234B
Characteristics: xvi, 320 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Doliner, Roy 1954-

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