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Michelangelo’s Creative Process. Ross King, author of The Pope’s Ceiling – Love Your Work, Episode 99

November 13 2017 – 06:00am


Ross King is author of the book The Pope’s Ceiling. It tells the story of just how Michelangelo managed to paint 12,000 square feet of ceiling with little or no experience as a painter.

I think there’s a dangerous belief in creative work. And that is the belief that certain artists are simply gifted, and that that alone explains their greatness.

It’s easy to look up at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and conclude that Michelangelo lived up to his reputation as the “divine one.” That he wasn’t human. That he was actually a god of sorts. Today, we’ll talk about the process that Michelangelo actually took to complete this seemingly impossible masterpiece.

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