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Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling by Ross King

Before my trip to Rome last year I was looking for a book that would prepare me for the bombardment of history and art that awaited. This book by historian Ross King focuses on Michelangelo Buonarotti’s masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel while giving a rounded view of the social, political and religious backdrop of the…

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On Painting or Della Pittura (first published 1436)

Leon Battista Alberti (1404 – 1472)   The archetypal Renaissance man, Alberti was a painter, architect, poet, philosopher and Humanist. During his youth he studied Latin and Law and even worked for the Papacy. But it was architecture that inspired him, and living in the ruin-strewn city of Rome would spark his lifelong love of…

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