Vittorio Giudici The Sistine Chapel

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The Sistine Chapel

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The Sistine Chapel is one of the most important places for the Christian faith and for the entire history of art. This beautiful book tells the complete story of the chapel through detailed text and gorgeous, full-color spreads. Reproductions of the chapel's artistic splendor are prominently featured, including paintings, sculptures, and even Michelangelo's blueprints. Lively illustrations and cutaways depict the construction of the chapel, the Florentine workshop, and Michelangelo's painstaking method for creating the glorious ceiling. The contributions of everyone involved in this monumental feat - from Pope Sixtus IV and Julius II to Botticelli and Michelangelo - are documented in this fascinating blend of art and history.

·Clear, descriptive text and lush, full-color illustrations on every page.

·Logical, chronological presentation of the progression of the chapel's masterpieces, from conceptualization through restoration.

·Detailed, yet engaging discussions of techniques, symbolism, and interpretations.

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Gr 5-8-An attractive introduction to the building and its esteemed frescoes. Giudici opens with an overview of the leading figures involved in the Sistine chapel's history. He then gives a brief description of 15th-century Rome and discusses the building's construction, location, and surrounding area. Because most of the artists working on the interior ornamentation were from Florence, the author also includes information on the Florentine workshops. The book is filled with color reproductions of the frescoes, accompanied by explanations of the illustrated stories and additional background information. Color-coded diagrams on each page clarify the location and arrangement of the frescoes being discussed. The buon fresco technique is clearly explained through text and drawings. The final pages bring readers into the 20th century with information about the conclave, the election of the pope, and the restoration of the frescoes. The balance of photographs, drawings, and blocks of text are easy to follow whether reading in the book in its entirety or looking for quick facts. This volume is unique in its coverage of the chapel's history and all its frescoes and is fascinating from a historical as well as artistic point of view.-Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County,

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Gr. 5-10. This detailed examination of Christendom's most famous illustrated edifice begins with a collective gallery of the cast most closely associated with it: Popes Sixtus IV and Julius II, the Renaissance artists who contributed works, and some of the workers who restored the chapel. Succeeding pages open to an aerial view of Vatican City, an exploded look at the Sistine Chapel's structure, and a visit to the bustling Florentine workshop, from which many of the artists were recruited. What follows is a painting-by-painting tour, with small, clear reproductions enhanced by location keys and samples of other works by the same artists. Readers should have access to a dictionary of art and architectural terms before tackling the text, which, despite being squeezed in around the illustrations, is rich in detail. A Bible dictionary might also be useful, since the meanings of many paintings receive as much attention as their subject matter. This is far and away the most specific, systematic portrait for younger readers. --John Peters John Peters
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