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King, Ross 1962-

Overview
Works: 60 works in 375 publications in 12 languages and 19,177 library holdings
Genres: History  Illustrations  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Biography  Catalogs  Historical fiction  Suspense fiction  Art  Detective and mystery stories 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Performer
Classifications: ND623.B9, 759.5
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Ross King
Michelangelo & the Pope's ceiling by Ross King( Book )
41 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 3,748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 1508, despite strong advice to the contrary, the powerful Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the newly restored Sistine Chapel. With little experience as a painter (though famed for his sculpture David), Michelangelo was reluctant to begin the massive project. Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling recounts the four extraordinary years Michelangelo spent laboring over the vast ceiling while the power politics and personal rivalries that abounded in Rome swirled around him. Battling against ill health, financial difficulties, domestic problems, the pope's impatience, and a bitter rivalry with the brilliant young painter Raphael, Michelangelo created scenes so beautiful that they are considered to be among the greatest masterpieces of all time. A panorama of illustrious figures converged around the creation of this magnificent work-from the great Dutch scholar Erasmus to the young Martin Luther-and Ross King skillfully weaves them through his compelling historical narrative, offering uncommon insight into the intersection of art and history. Four years earlier, at the age of twenty-nine, Michelangelo had unveiled his masterful statue of David in Florence; however, he had little experience as a painter, even less working in the delicate medium of fresco, and none with the curved surface of vaults, which dominated the chapel's ceiling. The temperamental Michelangelo was himself reluctant, and he stormed away from Rome, risking Julius's wrath, only to be persuaded to eventually begin. Michelangelo would spend the next four years laboring over the vast ceiling. He executed hundreds of drawings, many of which are masterpieces in their own right. Contrary to legend, he and his assistants worked standing rather than on their backs, and after his years on the scaffold, Michelangelo suffered a bizarre form of eyestrain that made it impossible for him to read letters unless he held them at arm's length. Nonetheless, he produced one of the greatest masterpieces of all time, about which Giorgio Vasari, in his Lives of the Artists, wrote, 'There is no other work to compare with this for excellence, nor could there be.' Ross King's fascinating new book tells the story of those four extraordinary years. Battling against ill health, financial difficulties, domestic problems, inadequate knowledge of the art of fresco, and the pope's impatience, Michelangelo created figures-depicting the Creation, the Fall, and the Flood-so beautiful that, when they were unveiled in 1512, they stunned his onlookers. Modern anatomy has yet to find names for some of the muscles on his nudes, they are painted in such detail. While he worked, Rome teemed around him, its politics and rivalries with other city-states and with France at fever pitch, often intruding on his work. From Michelangelo's experiments with the composition of pigment and plaster to his bitter competition with the famed painter Raphael, who was working on the neighboring Papal Apartments, Ross King presents a magnificent tapestry of day-to-day life on the ingenious Sistine scaffolding and outside in the upheaval of early-sixteenth-century Rome
Brunelleschi's dome : how a Renaissance genius reinvented architecture by Ross King( Book )
54 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 3,252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Anyone alive in Florence on August 19, 1418, would have understood the significance of the competition announced that day concerning the city's magnificent new cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore, already under construction for more than a century. "Whoever desires to make any model or design for the vaulting of the main Dome ... shall do so before the end of the month of September". The proposed dome was regarded far and wide as all but impossible to build, due not only to its enormous size but also because its original and sacrosanct design eschewed the flying buttresses that supported cathedrals all over Europe. The dome would literally need to be erected over thin air. Of the many plans submitted, one stood out -- a daring and unorthodox solution to vaulting the largest dome (143 feet in diameter) in the world. It was offered not by a master mason or carpenter, but by a goldsmith and clock maker named Filippo Brunelleschi, then 41, who would dedicate the next 28 years to solving the puzzles of the dome's construction. Brunelleschi's Dome is the story of how a Renaissance genius bent men, materials, and the very forces of nature to build an architectural wonder. Denounced at first as a madman, he was celebrated as a genius upon erecting the dome. He engineered the perfect placement of brick and stone and built ingenious hoists and cranes (some among the most renowned machines of the Renaissance) to carry an estimated 70 million pounds hundreds of feet into the air -- all the while defying those who said the dome would surely collapse and tackling personal obstacles that at times threatened to overwhelm him. This drama was played out amidst plagues, wars, political feuds, and the intellectual ferments of Renaissance Florence -- events Ross King weaves into the story to great effect, from Brunelleschi's bitter, ongoing rivalry with the sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti to the near capture of Florence by the Duke of Milan. He also offers a wealth of fascinating detail that opens windows into fifteenth-century life: the celebrated traditions of the brickmaker's art, the daily routine of the artisans laboring hundreds of feet above the ground as the dome grew ever higher, the problems of transportation, and the power of the guilds. Even today, in an age of soaring skyscrapers, the cathedral dome of Santa Maria del Fiore retains a rare power to astonish. Ross King brings its creation to life in a fifteenth-century chronicle with twenty-first-century resonance. Novelist Ross King offers an account of the remarkable design and construction of the largest dome in the world (even today): the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy. Reading with the excitement of a good novel, the book focuses on the innovative techniques used and the social and political context in which its architect worked. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The judgment of Paris : the revolutionary decade that gave the world Impressionism by Ross King( Book )
24 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and Dutch and held by 2,266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Chronicles the origins of Impressionism against the backdrop of the artistic and cultural events of the nineteenth century as exemplified in the work of two artists--Ernest Meissonier and Edouard Manet
Leonardo and the Last supper by Ross King( Book )
23 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tells the complete story of the creation of The Last Supper mural: the adversities suffered by the artist during its execution; the experimental techniques he employed; the models for Christ and the Apostles that he used; and the numerous personalities involved -- everyone from the Leonardo's young assistants to Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan who commissioned the work
Ex-Libris by Ross King( Book )
36 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 1,416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In seventeenth-century England, bookseller Isaac Inchbold discovers his life is in danger after accepting the task of restoring a country house's library
Art : over 2,500 works from cave to contemporary ( Book )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Within each time period, provides examples of significant works in painting, sculpture, drawing and other media. Highlights themes that were important at various times such as nudes, landscape, still life, and love. Includes brief biographies of some artists and a "closer look" in depth for the most significant works
Machiavelli : philosopher of power by Ross King( Book )
7 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 997 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An alternative portrait of the revolutionary political philosopher challenges popular beliefs about the cruelty of his character to reveal the complexities and sympathetic nature of his personality
Domino by Ross King( Book )
24 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in 6 languages and held by 902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The society ball was George Cautleys introduction to the London he had dreamed about, a world of wealth, beauty, and wit, of patrons and scoundrels. It would also be his introduction to the mysterious and beautiful Lady Petronella Beauclair (and through her the castrato singer Tristano), to seduction and mystery and ultimatley to crimes the son of a clergyman could never have imagined." -- Jacket
Defiant Spirits The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven by Ross King( )
12 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 791 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A Governor General's Award-winning author recounts the turbulent years during which a group of young Canadian painters went from obscurity to international renown. Beginning in 1912, Defiant Spirits traces the artistic development of Tom Thomson and the future members of the Group of Seven, Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A. Y. Jackson, Franz Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J. E. H. MacDonald, and Frederick Varley, over a dozen years in Canadian history. Working in an eclectic and sometimes controversial blend of modernist styles, they produced what an English critic celebrated in the 1920s as th
The Vatican : all the paintings : the complete collection of old masters plus more than 300 sculptures, maps, tapestries, and other artifacts by Anja Grebe( Book )
5 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the same style, manner, and format as The Louvre: All the Paintings, every Old Master painting that is on display in The Vatican is included in this deluxe, slip-cased volume with companion DVD, as well as hundreds of additional masterpieces and treasures in the Papal collection
Michelangelo and the Pope's ceiling by Ross King( Recording )
15 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Recounts Michelangelo's creation of his masterpiece, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, from his commission from Pope Julius II, through the artist's four years of work, to the final acclaim at the painting's 1512 unveiling
The judgment of Paris [the revolutionary decade that gave the world Impressionism] by Ross King( Recording )
17 editions published in 2006 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the bestselling author of Brunelleschi's Dome, comes this examination of the first Impressionist painters
Brunelleschi's dome by Ross King( Recording )
6 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the city of Florence, Italy, in 1418, a competition was announced to design the dome for the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral, a proposed dome which was considered all but impossible to build. Of the many plans submitted, the one offered by goldsmith and clock maker Filippo Brunelleschi stood out, and he then spent the next twehty-eight years solving the puzzle of the dome's construction and in the process reinvented the field of architecture
Machiavelli by Ross King( Book )
7 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An alternative portrait of the revolutionary political philosopher challenges popular beliefs about the cruelty of his character to reveal the complexities and sympathetic nature of his personality
Machiavelli philosopher of power by Ross King( Recording )
6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An alternative portrait of the revolutionary political philosopher challenges popular beliefs about the cruelty of his character to reveal the complexities and sympathetic nature of his personality
Leonardo and the Last supper by Ross King( Recording )
9 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tells the complete story of the creation of The Last Supper mural: the adversities suffered by the artist during its execution; the experimental techniques he employed; the models for Christ and the Apostles that he used; and the numerous personalities involved--everyone from the Leonardo's young assistants to Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan who commissioned the work
Garibaldi : hero of Italian unification by Christopher Hibbert( Book )
3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Michelangelo und die Fresken des Papstes by Ross King( Book )
6 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in German and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Zum Frühstück ins Freie : Manet, Monet und die Ursprünge der modernen Malerei by Ross King( Book )
4 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in German and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Machiavelli Philosoph der Macht by Ross King( Book )
4 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in German and Undetermined and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
King, R. J.
King, R. J. (Ross James)
King, Rose
King, Ross
King, Ross James
King, Ross W. A. 1962-
Rosa King and Up Side Down (Grupo musical)
キング, ロス
Languages
English (228)
Spanish (23)
German (15)
Dutch (14)
Italian (7)
Chinese (6)
Japanese (2)
Danish (1)
French (1)
Turkish (1)
Hebrew (1)
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