by Pierluigi De Vecchi, Gianluigi Colalucci (Contributor)
The restoration of Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoes in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel stirred up much controversy and debate among scholars, art historians, and art lovers alike. Originally painted in the late 15th century, it took restorers 14 painstaking years (from 1981 to 1995) to remove the centuries’ worth of dust and decay that had obscured the frescoes’ brilliant colors and intricate designs. In 250 gorgeous full-color photographs, this unique and beautiful volume presents Michelangelo’s restored chapel–perhaps the greatest masterpiece of Renaissance art–in its entirety, from the Creation to the Last Judgment, both before and after cleaning. The only definitive study of the restoration process, this book is the next best thing to actually being there.