In 1508, Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
The thirty-three-year-old Michelangelo had very little experience of the physically and technically taxing art of fresco; and, at twelve thousand square feet, the ceiling represented one of the largest such projects ever attempted.
Nevertheless, for the next four years he and a hand-picked team of assistants laboured over the vast ceiling, making thousands of drawings and spending back-breaking hours on a scaffold fifty feet above the floor.
The result was one of the greatest masterpieces of all time.
This fascinating book tells the story of those four extraordinary years and paints a magnificent picture of day-to-day life on the Sistine scaffolding - and outside, in the upheaval of early sixteenth-century Rome.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages, 16 pp coloured plates, 40 integrated line drawings
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 06/04/2006
- Category: Renaissance art
- ISBN: 9781844139323