The Last Judgment

The Last Judgment

Michelangelo and the Death of the Renaissance

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
An analysis of the famous fresco on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel evaluates it as a lens by which to view the end of the Renaissance, arguing that Michelangelo's imagery and composition reflect period religious and political upheavals.

McMillan Palgrave

A rich exploration of Michelangelo's masterpiece, The Last Judgment, unlocking the mysteries of a turbulent period in European history


Painted on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel, 28 years after Michelangelo completed the glorious and hopeful ceiling,The Last Judgment is full of stark images depicting the End of Days. James Connor uses the famous fresco as the lens through which to view the end of the Renaissance, arguing that Michelangelo's imagery and composition provide clues to understand the religious and political upheavals of the time.

Uncovering the secrets behind the fresco, Connor details the engrossing stories of conspiring kings, plotting popes, and murderous rivalries between noble families like the Medicis and the della Roveres - all who were vying for control over Michelangelo and his art. The Last Judgment combines enchanting storytelling with incisive historical detective work, demonstrating how Michelangelo was inspired by Copernicus and how the Counter-Reformation arose from the ashes of the Renaissance.



Baker
& Taylor

An analysis of the famous fresco on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel evaluates it as a lens by which to view the end of the Renaissance, arguing that Michelangelo's imagery and composition reflect period religious and political upheavals. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780230605732
0230605737
Characteristics: xii, 233 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm

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