The Sistine Secrets Book
Score: 4
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The Sistine Secrets


  • Author : Benjamin Blech
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-27
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061987458

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The Sistine Secrets Excerpt :

The Shocking Secrets of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel Artwork The recent cleaning of the Sistine Chapel frescoes removed layer after layer of centuries of accumulated tarnish and darkness. The Sistine Secrets endeavors to remove the centuries of prejudice, censorship, and ignorance that blind us to the truth about one of the world's most famous and beloved art treasures. Some images that appeared in the print edition of this book are unavailable in the electronic edition due to rights reasons.

The Sistine Secrets Book

The Sistine Secrets


  • Author : Benjamin Blech
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2008-05
  • Genre: Mural painting and decoration, Italian
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 1906217556

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The Sistine Secrets Excerpt :

Five hundred years ago Michelangelo began work on a painting that became one of the most famous pieces of art in the world-the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Every year millions of people come to see the largest fresco painting on earth in the holiest of Christianity's chapels; yet there is not one single Christian image in this vast, magnificent artwork. This book tells how Michelangelo embedded messages of brotherhood, tolerance, and freethinking in his painting to encourage "fellow travelers" to challenge the repressive Roman Catholic Church of his time. Authors Blech and Doliner reveal what Michelangelo meant in the angelic representations that brilliantly mocked his papal patron, how he managed to sneak unorthodox heresies into his ostensibly pious portrayals, and how he was able to fulfill his lifelong ambition to bridge the wisdom of science with the strictures of faith.

The Michelangelo Code Book

The Michelangelo Code


  • Author : Nazehran Jose Ahmad
  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Release Date : 2014-08-21
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9781496987457

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When the chief prefect of archives is found mysteriously murdered in the Vatican Secret Archives, it unleashes a secret that has been safely buried for two thousand years. But a question arises from the dead: the victim was a follower of the long-lost religious group, the Cathars, a group of Medieval Christians who believes they were the heirs of the original teaching of Jesus. A renowned Daily Telegraph journalist, Jessica Keith, is assigned to cover the mysterious murder. Something unexpected happens when she meets a British numerologist, Professor Aaron Barone at a seminar in the University of London. They suddenly become fugitives when another murder takes place at his home in Hampstead. The church is trying to cover up the murder to keep their interests guarded. But the utmost of all secrets cannot be kept forever. Another secret is uncovered by the amateur art lover, Jacob Walmer. It lays embedded in the work of Michelangelo on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, in The Last Judgment. But it is not a discovery that the world wants to hear about. It is a secret that the church wants to bury forever, before it becomes a dark history in the modern Christian era. How will Professor Aaron correlate to the mysterious murder? What about Jacob’s attempt to solve the well-guarded puzzle in history? Will Jessica succeed in exposing the truth of her religion to the world?

The Angel Inside Book
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The Angel Inside


  • Author : Chris Widener
  • Publisher : Currency
  • Release Date : 2007-05-15
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385523165

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The Angel Inside Excerpt :

There will come a time when you must decide to lead the life someone else has chosen for you…or the life you want. According to legend, when a young boy asked the great Renaissance artist Michelangelo why he was working so hard hitting the block of marble that would eventually become his greatest sculpture, David, the artist replied, “Young man, there is an angel inside this rock, and I am setting him free.” In The Angel Inside, the renowned consultant and career coach Chris Widener uses Michelangelo’s words to explore the hidden potential that exists within us all. In this unforgettable tale, Tom Cook, a disillusioned American businessman, has traveled to Italy looking for direction in his life. In Florence, the last city on his tour, Tom meets a mysterious old man who opens his eyes to the art and life of Michelangelo and reveals what the artist’s work can teach him—and all of us—about the power of following your passion. Among the lessons that Tom learns over the course of the next day: The beauty is in the details Your hand creates what your mind conceives All great accomplishments start with a single swift action No one begins by creating the Sistine Chapel Whether you’re looking for a way to reinvigorate your career or searching for the courage to begin a new one, THE ANGEL INSIDE is a must-read if you want to find true meaning in your life and work. The break-out business parable that’s already sold more than 70,000 copies, The Angel Inside tells the story of a young man searching for meaning in his work and finding it in an unlikely place: the life and art of Michelangelo.

The Sistine Chapel Book

The Sistine Chapel


  • Author : Ulrich Pfisterer
  • Publisher : Getty Publications
  • Release Date : 2018
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 184
  • ISBN 10 : 9781606065532

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The Sistine Chapel Excerpt :

The art of the Sistine Chapel, decorated by artists who competed with one another and commissioned by popes who were equally competitive, is a complex fabric of thematic, chronological, and artistic references. Four main campaigns were undertaken to decorate the chapel between 1481 and 1541, and with each new addition, fundamental themes found increasingly concrete expression. One overarching theme plays a central role in the chapel: the legitimization of papal authority, as symbolized by two keys—one silver, one gold—to the kingdom of heaven. The Sistine Chapel: Paradise in Rome is a concise, informative account of the Sistine Chapel. In unpacking this complex history, Ulrich Pfisterer reveals the remarkable unity of the images in relation to theology, politics, and the intentions of the artists themselves, who included such household names as Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Raphael. Through a study of the main campaigns to adorn the Sistine Chapel, Pfisterer argues that the art transformed the chapel into a pathway to the kingdom of God, legitimizing the absolute authority of the popes. First published in German, the prose comes to life in English in the deft hands of translator David Dollenmayer.

The Secrets of Hebrew Words Book

The Secrets of Hebrew Words


  • Author : Benjamin Blech
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 1991
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 226
  • ISBN 10 : 9780876686102

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The Secrets of Hebrew Words Excerpt :

Acronyms, gematria, and other techniques reveal profound secrets of Jewish thought, cultural values, and religious perspective.

In the Closet of the Vatican Book

In the Closet of the Vatican


  • Author : Frederic Martel
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2019-02-21
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 576
  • ISBN 10 : 9781472966155

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In the Closet of the Vatican Excerpt :

The New York Times Bestseller '[An] earth-shaking exposé of clerical corruption' - National Catholic Reporter In the Closet of the Vatican exposes the rot at the heart of the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church today. This brilliant piece of investigative writing is based on four years' authoritative research, including extensive interviews with those in power. The celibacy of priests, the condemnation of the use of contraceptives, the cover up of countless cases of sexual abuse, the resignation of Benedict XVI, misogyny among the clergy, the dramatic fall in Europe of the number of vocations to the priesthood, the plotting against Pope Francis – all these issues are clouded in mystery and secrecy. In the Closet of the Vatican is a book that reveals these secrets and penetrates this enigma. It derives from a system founded on a clerical culture of secrecy which starts in junior seminaries and continues right up to the Vatican itself. It is based on the double lives of priests and on extreme homophobia. The resulting schizophrenia in the Church is hard to fathom. But the more a prelate is homophobic, the more likely it is that he is himself gay. 'Behind rigidity there is always something hidden, in many cases a double life'. These are the words of Pope Francis himself and with them the Pope has unlocked the Closet. No one can claim to really understand the Catholic Church today until they have read this book. It reveals a truth that is extraordinary and disturbing.

Michelangelo   the Creation of the Sistine Chapel Book

Michelangelo the Creation of the Sistine Chapel


  • Author : Robin Richmond
  • Publisher : Gramercy
  • Release Date : 1995
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 0517141949

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Michelangelo the Creation of the Sistine Chapel Excerpt :

A comprehensive study of Michaelangelo's Sistine Chapel creations describes its recent restoration, features a double gatefold that illustrates the entire ceiling, and includes a history of the artist and the chapel.

The Last Judgment Book

The Last Judgment


  • Author : James A. Connor
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2009-06-23
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 0230622674

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The Last Judgment Excerpt :

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 by which to view the end of the Renaissance, arguing that Michelangelo's imagery and composition reflect the religious and political upheavals of the time. Combining his flair for storytelling with incisive historical analysis, Connor demonstrates how the Counter-Reformation arose from the ashes of Renaissance Italy, and how that sea change altered the course of Western history.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Jewish History and Culture Book

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Jewish History and Culture


  • Author : Rabbi Benjamin Blech
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 1998-12-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 514
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101198667

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The Complete Idiot s Guide to Jewish History and Culture Excerpt :

Part of The Complete Idiot's Guides® popular religion and history titles. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jewish History and Culture contains information about Jews in early American history through the 19th century as well as coverage of Jewish history and culture in the places you might least expect - Asia and South America.

Hope  Not Fear Book

Hope Not Fear


  • Author : Benjamin Rabbi Blech
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2018-09-15
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 168
  • ISBN 10 : 9781538116654

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Hope Not Fear Excerpt :

Hope, Not Fear shares the wisdom we all need to come to terms with death. .

277 Secrets Your Cat Wants You to Know Book
Score: 5
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277 Secrets Your Cat Wants You to Know


  • Author : Paulette Cooper
  • Publisher : Random House Digital, Inc.
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Genre: Pets
  • Pages : 238
  • ISBN 10 : 9780898159523

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277 Secrets Your Cat Wants You to Know Excerpt :

The authors of "277 Secrets Your Dog Wants You to Know" (20,000 copies in print) bring readers a purrfectly bewitching "cat-alog" of unusual and useful information about cats.

Michelangelo And The Pope s Ceiling Book
Score: 4
From 15 Ratings

Michelangelo And The Pope s Ceiling


  • Author : Ross King
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2012-10-31
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781446418833

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Michelangelo And The Pope s Ceiling Excerpt :

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.

Michelangelo   s Secret Anatomy Book Book

Michelangelo s Secret Anatomy Book


  • Author : Sue Tatem
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Release Date : 2013-07-18
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 76
  • ISBN 10 : 9781483663258

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Michelangelo s Secret Anatomy Book Excerpt :

Michelangelo used images of human anatomy throughout his work. Nearly the entire body is there, albeit in pieces. Michelangelo began his career with extensive dissections of human corpses and ended his career talking about illustrating an anatomy book. He was hinting, as the anatomy was already there in his art. Perhaps at the time he made the art, he worried that it was too dangerous for his own person to reveal the secular anatomy theme. At the time, Renaissance scholars were studying human anatomy and trying to work out how the organs functioned. Many of them, like Leonardo da Vinci and Vesalius, self-published using their art. Herein are some of Michelangelo’s “self-published” contributions, human anatomy in his art and self-portraits, in the Sistine Chapel, paintings, and sculpture.

 Allegri s Miserere  in the Sistine Chapel Book

Allegri s Miserere in the Sistine Chapel


  • Author : Graham O'Reilly
  • Publisher : Boydell & Brewer
  • Release Date : 2020
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 372
  • ISBN 10 : 9781783274871

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Allegri s Miserere in the Sistine Chapel Excerpt :

The Miserere by Italian composer Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652) is one of the most popular, oft performed and recorded choral pieces of late Renaissance/early Baroque music. Yet the piece known today bears little resemblanceto Allegri's original or to the piece as it was performed before 1870.