Finding the keys and filling in the gaps!,
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This review is from: Michelangelo And The Sistine Chapel (Paperback)
Andrew Graham-Dixon is an excellent and exceedingly well-informed guide to the life of Michelangelo and
particularly his frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. He builds up a convincing picture of an artist at the height
of his powers both as a painstaking artist and a self-motivated thinker about Theology.
'Michelangelo And The Sistine Chapel' wonderfully describes and analyses Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel
ensemble of characters. There are also excellent quotes from contemporary biographies and the author
helps one to see many of the messages and meanings behind Michelangelo's art.
For me the key to interpreting the overriding message is the Prophet Jonah.
It is the Book of Jonah that finishes with the greatest verse about God's mercy and loving judgement in the
bible - Jonah 4:11. This for me is the ending of things, God's mercy which overrides the bleak picture of
the Book of Revelation which describes a thoroughly deserved judgement which by God's grace and mercy
we may yet avoid.
Andrew Graham-Dixon certainly thinks the Prophet Jonah has a pivotal position in the overall plan and was
probably the figure with whom Michelangelo most identified, depicted leaning back not unlike the artist
himself as he created these amazing frescoes.
A divine spark always seems to bridge the gap between God and Adam and between Michelangelo and us!