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King, Ross 1962-

Works: 88 works in 615 publications in 14 languages and 21,650 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Illustrated works  Biographies  Pictures  Fiction  Historical fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Catalogs  Thrillers (Fiction) 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Creator, 070, Interviewee
Classifications: ND623.B9, 759.5
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ross King
Michelangelo & the Pope's ceiling by Ross King( Book )

63 editions published between 2002 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 3,644 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 )

36 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,782 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 (
The judgment of Paris : the revolutionary decade that gave the world Impressionism by Ross King( Book )

50 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 2,126 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 )

37 editions published between 2011 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 2,013 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
Mad enchantment : Claude Monet and the painting of the water lilies by Ross King( Book )

25 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 1,477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Claude Monet is perhaps the world's most beloved artist, and among all his creations, the paintings of the water lilies in his garden at Giverny are most famous. Seeing them in museums around the world, viewers are transported by the power of Monet's brush into a peaceful world of harmonious nature. Monet himself intended them to provide "an asylum of peaceful meditation." Yet, as Ross King reveals in his magisterial chronicle of both artist and masterpiece, these beautiful canvases belie the intense frustration Monet experienced at the difficulties of capturing the fugitive effects of light, water, and color. They also reflect the terrible personal torments Monet suffered in the last dozen years of his life. Mad Enchantment tells the full story behind the creation of the Water Lilies, as the horrors of World War I came ever closer to Paris and Giverny, and a new generation of younger artists, led by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, were challenging the achievements of Impressionism. By early 1914, French newspapers were reporting that Monet, by then 73 and one of the world's wealthiest, most celebrated painters, had retired his brushes. He had lost his beloved wife, Alice, and his eldest son, Jean. His famously acute vision--what Paul Cezanne called "the most prodigious eye in the history of painting"--was threatened by cataracts. And yet, despite ill health, self-doubt, and advancing age, Monet began painting again on a more ambitious scale than ever before. Linking great artistic achievement to the personal and historical dramas unfolding around it, Ross King presents the most intimate and revealing portrait of an iconic figure in world culture--from his lavish lifestyle and tempestuous personality to his close friendship with the fiery war leader Georges Clemenceau, who regarded the Water Lilies as one of the highest expressions of the human spirit
Art : over 2,500 works from cave to contemporary( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,200 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
Ex-Libris by Ross King( Book )

63 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in 10 languages and held by 1,187 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
Defiant spirits : the modernist revolution of the Group of Seven by Ross King( )

15 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Group of Seven, sometimes known as the Algonquin School, were a group of Canadian landscape painters in the early 20th century who initiated the first Canadian art movement. Original members include: Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J.E.H. MacDonald, and Frederick Varley
Machiavelli : philosopher of power by Ross King( Book )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 1,076 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 )

40 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 733 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
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 )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 699 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
Brunelleschi's dome : the story of the great cathedral in Florence by Ross King( Book )

48 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Even in an age of soaring skyscrapers and cavernous sports stadiums, the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, with its immense, terracotta-tiled cupola, still retains a power to astonish. Yet the elegance of the building belies the tremendous labour, technical ingenuity and bitter personal strife involved in its creation." "For over a century after work on the cathedral began in 1296, the proposed dome was regarded as all but impossible to build because of its enormous size. The greatest architectural puzzle of its age, when finally completed in 1436 the dome was hailed as one of the great wonders of the world. To this day, it remains the highest and widest masonry dome ever built." "This book tells the story of how the cupola was raised, from its conception to its consecration. Also told is the story of the dome's architect, Filippo Brunelleschi. Denounced as a madman at the start of his labours, he was celebrated at their end as a great genius."--Jacket
Florence : the paintings & frescoes, 1250-1743 by Ross King( Book )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2020 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A comprehensive book on the paintings and frescoes of Florence, with more than 2,000 artworks from the city's great museums and churches"--Provided by publisher
Michelangelo and the Pope's ceiling by Ross King( Recording )

19 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 425 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 )

10 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the bestselling author of Brunelleschi's Dome, comes this examination of the first Impressionist painters
Artists : their lives and works( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents brief profiles of over eighty major artists throughout history, providing the historical context in which each artist worked, their influences, and legacies
Art : the definitive visual guide( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides a guided tour around 2,500 of the world's most influential painting and sculptures, from cave paintings to modern masterpieces
Brunelleschi's dome by Ross King( Recording )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2020 in English and held by 187 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 : philosopher of power by Ross King( Recording )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2016 in English and held by 162 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
The judgement of Paris : Manet, Meissonier and an artistic revolution by Ross King( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and Dutch and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1863, the French painter Ernest Meissonier was one of the most famous artists in the world. The darling of the 'Salon' - that all-important public art exhibition held biannually in Paris - he painted historical subjects in meticulous detail and sold his works for astronomical sums to collectors who included Napoleon III himself. Manet, on the other hand, was struggling in obscurity. Famous today as the Father of Impressionism, when this book opens he was known only as the sloppy painter of a few much-derided canvases, depicting absinthe-drinking beggars and bourgeois gentlemen in top hats." "Ross King has taken the parallel careers of Meissonier and Manet and used them as a lens for their times. Beginning with the year that Manet exhibited his ground-breaking Dejeuner sur l'herbe and ending in 1874, with the first 'Impressionist' exhibition, King plunges us into Parisian life - on the streets and in the corridors of power - during a ten-year period full of social and political ferment. These were the years in which Napoleon III's autocratic and pleasure-seeking Second Empire fell from its heights into the ignominy of the Franco-Prussian war and the ensuing Paris Commune of 1871. But it was also a period in which a group of artists, with Manet in the vanguard, began to challenge the establishment by refusing to paint classical or historical subjects and, instead, turning to the landscapes and ordinary people they saw around them. Benign as such paintings might seem today, they helped change the course of history. The struggle between Meissonier and Manet to get their paintings exhibited in pride of place at the Salon was not just about art, it was about how to see the world."--Jacket
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Michelangelo & the Pope's ceiling
Brunelleschi's dome : how a Renaissance genius reinvented architectureThe judgment of Paris : the revolutionary decade that gave the world ImpressionismArt : over 2,500 works from cave to contemporaryEx-LibrisDefiant spirits : the modernist revolution of the Group of SevenMachiavelli : philosopher of powerDominoBrunelleschi's dome : the story of the great cathedral in Florence
Alternative Names
King, R. J.

King, Ross

King, Ross W. A. 1962-

Ross King (author) Canadees schrijver

Ross King kanadischer Biograph und Schriftsteller

Росс Кинг

רוס קינג

روس كينغ

킹, 로스 1962-

킹, 로스 W. A. 1962-

キング, ロス