Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling

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Vincent Raspa
AP Euro 10
Mrs. Graham
September 7, 2010

Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling
“The hundred tons of Carrar marble was promptly carted from the Piazza San Pietro to the studio in Macella de Corvi. A full seven years after feeling Rome on horseback, Michelangelo finally returned to what he called his “true profession.”” This quote from Ross King’s novel, Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling tells the reader a lot about the famous Michelangelo. It talks about how Michelangelo had waiting for nearly seven years to go back to his true profession. This quote is very important to the story because it shows how Michelangelo did something so famous and amazing even though he wasn’t trained for it. Michelangelo was not trained in the painting but the pope “forced” him to and he stopped his true passion of sculpting to do the Sistine Chapel. This quote ends the book and sums up what Michelangelo did and what kind of person he was. Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling tells the amazing story of how the Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Michelangelo is a sculptor not an artist and did not really want to paint the Sistine Chapel. He had no prior knowledge of fresco and was not trained at all in painting. He was a very determined and dedicated man. Being a rookie at fresco painting, in the beginning he made multiple mistakes that were tough to correct, but he didn’t give up. Although he complained about doing this for the Pope, he stayed with it. He was perseverant and ended up creating a famous masterpiece. Even through all the difficulties that Michelangelo faced, he was still able to paint this beautiful piece of art and to change to change the art world forever. Another man that was talked about throughout the book was a man named Raphael Santi who is another painter. Ross King talks about Raphael and how his artistic talents contrast to those of Michelangelo. Raphael was painting papal apartments during the same time as...
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