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Masterpieces of Western Painting : Michelangelo's 'Last Judgment' - Marcia B. Hall

Masterpieces of Western Painting

Michelangelo's 'Last Judgment'

By: Marcia B. Hall (Editor)


Published: 27th December 2004
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Michelangelo's Last Judgment was the most criticized and discussed painting of the sixteenth century. The subject of the Last Judgment has been a barometer of cultural mood throughout history. It can be interpreted, as Michelangelo did, as the moment when mortals attain immortal bliss or, in more unsettled times, as the terrifying moment when we face the justice of the Lord and are found wanting. The painting must hold in tension admonition and celebration. Michelangelo created his fresco in the final flowering of Renaissance humanism. Four years after its unveiling, the Council of Trent began meeting and the Counter-Reformation was under way. Caught on the cusp of a major shift of values, Michelangelo and his fresco were praised by lovers of art and condemned by conservative churchmen who sought a tool with which to exhort the wavering faithful, tempted to defect to Protestantism. This book explores the context, both historical and biographical, in which the fresco was created and the debates about the style and function of religious art that it generated.

"An excellent general summary of current scholarshipWith its wide-ranging topics and high level of scholarship, the book should prove a useful supplement in the study of this important work of art." Choice "an excellent review of recent scholarship for advanced students" - Martha Dunkelman

Nothing else happening: Michelangelo between Rome and Florence William Wallace
The historical/religious circumstances of the Last Judgment
Michelangelo's Last Judgment as the resurrection of the body: the hidden clue
Painting, criticism, and Michelangelo's Last Judgment in the age of the counter reformation
A ceremonial ensemble: Michelangelo's Last Judgment and the Cappella Paolina frescoes
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ISBN: 9780521780025
ISBN-10: 0521780020
Series: Masterpieces of Western Painting
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 27th December 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.48