104. Where are we?
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by Wayne Ambler
10M ago
If the Sistine Chapel reflected the moral vision of Christian Rome, is there any such coherent view in Modern Rome of how we humans should understand our purpose and live our lives?  ..read more
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103. A Pope's View of a Modern Problem
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by Wayne Ambler
1y ago
Popes have frequently attacked the moral, political, and intellectual developments that gave birth to modern Italy. On the occasion of the death of Pope Benedict, we today review his controversial Regensburg Address to see what it says about modern Rome ..read more
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102. The Secularism of Modern Rome
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by Wayne Ambler
1y ago
We return today to the "secular" or non-religious character of modern Rome in order to see more clearly how much the Rome of the People has changed from the Rome of the Popes ..read more
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101. Michelangelo's Last Judgment
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by Wayne Ambler
1y ago
Today we introduce Michelangelo's "Last Judgment," his vast fresco painted on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel ..read more
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100. The Four Corners of Michelangelo's Sistine Ceiling
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by Wayne Ambler
1y ago
The four Pendentives of Michelangelo's Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel represent four different dramatic stories from the Old Testament. What are these stories, and what do they teach ..read more
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99. The Design of Michelangelo's Sistine Ceiling
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by Wayne Ambler
1y ago
We know that Michelangelo's painting of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel was an extraordinary achievement, but what subjects does he represent and what teaching do they convey ..read more
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The Design of the Sistine Ceiling
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by Wayne Ambler
1y ago
Michelangelo used painted architecture and numerous nudes to divide the Sistine Chapel ceiling into separate panels and give it a complex design. Today we summarize the elaborate arrangement he came up with ..read more
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2.11: Botticelli’s Facing Frescoes in the Sistine Chapel
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by Wayne Ambler
1y ago
Michelangelo dominates the Sistine Chapel, but the chapel's walls feature twelve frescoes by the previous generation of great Florentine artists. We look at two by Botticelli as an introduction to all twelve ..read more
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2.10 Reintroducing the Sistine Chapel
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by Wayne Ambler
1y ago
We return for a second introduction to the Sistine Chapel and outline some of the main challenges Michelangelo had to overcome in painting the ceiling ..read more
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II.9 The Overlooked Side Walls of the Sistine Chapel
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by Wayne Ambler
1y ago
This episode introduces the twelve frescoes on the side walls of the Sistine Chapel, which invite a comparison between the lives and laws of Moses and Jesus ..read more
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