A Journey Into Michelangelo's Rome (ArtPlace)
Angela K Nickerson
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agreed and ordered designs for a renovated St. Peter’s to be prepared. Michelangelo was given an advance of one hundred gold florins, the equivalent of a year’s pay, and the pope’s blessing to travel to Carrara to choose the marble for the tomb. Michelangelo left almost immediately, spending eight months selecting stone with which to begin the project. Feared, Hated, and Respected In Julius II, pope from 1503 to 1513, Michelangelo found an influential friend and a frustrating adversary. The
including as a fortress. Hadrian was not the first to build a monumental burial ground. Up the river from Hadrian’s Mausoleum lies the 3 Mausoleum of Augustus. Augustus began his mausoleum in 29B.C. after seeing Alexander the Great’s tomb in Alexandria, Egypt. Although it has now been stripped of much of its grandeur, it was an imposing monument in its time. It, too, was topped with trees and two levels of garden areas. Two obelisks flanked the doors; both were removed during the building craze
windows near the ceiling, causing the Roman poet Brandolini to write, “Sixtus drove the darkness away and brought back the light of the sky, and to this place, that had been unaccustomed to it, he gave back the light of day.” As befits its grand purpose, the chapel was decorated by the greatest masters of the day. Upon its completion in 1480, Lorenzo de’ Medici sent a group of Florentine artists to Rome to fresco the walls as a peace offering, marking the end of Florence’s war with the Vatican.
paid, the pope’s nine-month absence gave the artist and his team a much-needed respite. The work was taxing, and Michelangelo had developed severe eyestrain, which kept him from reading unless he tipped his head back.” Raphael of Urbino (1483–1520) Although Michelangelo seems to have been convinced that Bramante and Raphael conspired against him, it is unlikely the two colluded. Raphael, the son of a painter as well as Bramante’s nephew and student, grew up in Urbino. When he arrived in
6Piazza dei Campidoglio, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8Piazza del Popolo, 1Piazza di Campo dei Fiori, 1Piazza Navona, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5Piazza Rusticucci, 1, 2Piazza San Pietro, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6Piazza San Silvestre, 1Ponte Principe Amedeo, 1Ponte Sant’Angelo, 1Porta Pia, 1, 2, 3, 4Porto del Popolo, 1Raphael Stanze, 1, 2Sala della Colonna Bellica (Room of the Battle Column), 1San Giovanni del Fiorentini (Moderno’s Dome), 1, 2San Giovanni in Laterano, 1, 2, 3San Lorenzo church, 1San Paolo alle Tre Fontane, 1San