The Agony and the Ecstasy - Study Guide Book Eleven Summary & Analysis

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On All Saints' Eve, twenty-nine years after Pope Julius had consecrated the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Pope Paul celebrates a high mass for the completion of the Last Judgment in the Sistine. On Christmas Day, 1541, the chapel is opened to the public. Immediately, those who resent and hate Michelangelo condemn the chapel as being unholy. Most artists and citizens are in favor of the work, but many will condemn it because of their political connections.

He completes work on Julius' tomb, redesigning some of it in the process. His correspondence with Vittoria is not going well. She chastises him for not doing his duty and not allowing her to do her work in the convent. He is crushed, and again throws himself into work. His studio is now a busy place with several people working there. Pope Paul wants him to fresco two walls...

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