The Sistine Secrets

Author: Benjamin Blech
Editor: Harper Collins
ISBN: 006198745X
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The Shocking Secrets of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel Artwork The recent cleaning of the Sistine Chapel frescoes removed layer after layer of centuries of accumulated tarnish and darkness. The Sistine Secrets endeavors to remove the centuries of prejudice, censorship, and ignorance that blind us to the truth about one of the world's most famous and beloved art treasures. Some images that appeared in the print edition of this book are unavailable in the electronic edition due to rights reasons.

Hidden Beneath The Beauty

Author: Roy Doliner
Editor: Rizzoli First
ISBN: 8858640071
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In the year 44 before the year Zero in the Gregorian Calendar, Rome holds one of the largest pagan funerals in history, the funeral of Julius Caesar. The Jews of Rome, instead of respectfully filing past, take off their sandals and sit on the ground around the tomb. Why? In 1165 CE, a monk lays down the last tiles in a vast mosaic that covers the entire floor of the Cathedral of Otranto, a port city far down on the heel of the boot that is Italy. It has taken him and his assistants years to create this highly complex and almost psychedelic mishmash of images from ancient mythologies, the Jewish Bible, Christian saints, astrology and even the legend of King Arthur. Why did the monk make this, and what on earth - or in heaven - does it mean? A new century, a new era is born: the Baroque, whose very name means “bizarre, eccentric”. In 1624, the two masters of this new style work together as a team for one of the most sacred projects of the century - the colossal canopy over the main altar of the Catholic world, in St. Peter’s in the Vatican. After nine arduous years, the work is finished - and so is their friendship, forever. What happened? The list goes on and on in an unbroken chain all over Italy, from the foothills of the Alps to the man-made isles of Venice to the wonders of Florence and Rome to the magic of Naples to the ends of Sicily. Even in our days, the secret tradition continues. This book is about that tradition. About a secret message that has carried on throughout the centuries. And about us all.

The Secret History Of The Zohar

Author: Michael Berg
Editor: Kabbalah Learning Center
ISBN: 9781571896117
File Size: 62,57 MB
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An overview of the "Zohar," or "Book of Splendor," begins with Moses and continues through the present day, and shows its connection with events and such great historical figures as Plato, Sir Isaac Newton, and the Knights Templar.

Michelangelo S Secret Anatomy Book

Author: Sue Tatem
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1483663256
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Michelangelo used images of human anatomy throughout his work. Nearly the entire body is there, albeit in pieces. Michelangelo began his career with extensive dissections of human corpses and ended his career talking about illustrating an anatomy book. He was hinting, as the anatomy was already there in his art. Perhaps at the time he made the art, he worried that it was too dangerous for his own person to reveal the secular anatomy theme. At the time, Renaissance scholars were studying human anatomy and trying to work out how the organs functioned. Many of them, like Leonardo da Vinci and Vesalius, self-published using their art. Herein are some of Michelangelo’s “self-published” contributions, human anatomy in his art and self-portraits, in the Sistine Chapel, paintings, and sculpture.


Author: David Birnbaum
Editor: New Paradigm Matrix
ISBN: 0984361995
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Benjamin Blech is a tenth-generation rabbi. He has been a Professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University since 1966, and was the Rabbi of Young Israel of Oceanside for 37 years. Rabbi Blech received a B.A. from Yeshiva University, an M.A. in psychology from Columbia University, and rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He is the author of 15 highly acclaimed books, the last one of which – The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican – has now been translated into sixteen languages.

Hope Not Fear

Author: Benjamin Rabbi Blech
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1538116650
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Hope, Not Fear shares the wisdom we all need to come to terms with death. .

Marranos On The Moradas

Author: Norman Toby Simms
Editor: Academic Studies PRess
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In his new book, Norman Simms re-defines the study of two often misunderstood religious groups. The first are Marranos who claim descent from the persecuted Spanish Jews forced to convert to Catholicism, yet who nevertheless continued to practice Jewish rituals secretly. The other group consists of the Penitentes, a Catholic group accused of violent acts of self-flagellation and other forms of masochism. Examining both groups through rabbinics, literature, psychology, and anthropology, Simms brings his readers to a new understanding of both these religious groups as well as religious mentalities.

History Decoded

Author: Brad Meltzer
Editor: Workman Publishing
ISBN: 0761178651
File Size: 74,76 MB
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It's an irresistible combination: Brad Meltzer, a born storyteller, counting down the world's most intriguing unsolved mysteries. And to make this richly illustrated book even richer, each chapter invites the reader along for an interactive experience through the addition of facsimile documents—the evidence! It's a treasure trove for conspiracy buffs, a Griffin and Sabine for history lovers. Adapted from Decoded, Meltzer’s hit show on the HISTORY network, History Decoded explores fascinating, unexplained questions. Is Fort Knox empty? Why was Hitler so intent on capturing the Roman “Spear of Destiny”? What’s the government hiding in Area 51? Where did the Confederacy’s $19 million in gold and silver go at the end of the Civil War? And did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone? Meltzer sifts through the evidence; weighs competing theories; separates what we know to be true with what’s still—and perhaps forever—unproved or unprovable; and in the end, decodes the mystery, arriving at the most likely solution. Along the way we meet Freemasons, Rosicrucians, Nazi propagandists, and the real DB Cooper. A riveting adventure through the compelling world of mysteries and conspiracies.

A Family Secret

Author: Elzey Hay
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Jews In An Illusion Of Paradise

Author: Norman Simms
Editor: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443878529
File Size: 55,46 MB
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The focus of this volume is on essential themes, images and generic patterns, beginning with a Talmudic legend about four scholars. They, by means of daring mystical interpretations of Scripture, entered a Paradise, representing different means of imaginative reading, perception, memory and application of the law. One of them died, one went mad, another became a heretic and the other came back as a traditional exegete and teacher. Based on that legend, this book examines a small group of late 19th and early 20th century European Jewish intellectuals and artists in the light of their dreams, writings, and moments of crisis. These men and women, comedians in both the sense of stage actors and clowns or witty performers, believed they had entered a new secular and tolerant society, but discovered that there was no escape from their Jewish heritage and way of seeing the world. This monograph looks into the imperfect mirror of cultural experience, discovers a hazy world of illusions, dreams and nightmares on the other side of the looking glass, and sometimes constructs a midrashic conceit of the comical and grotesque screen between them.

Raphael Painter In Rome

Author: Stephanie Storey
Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1950691314
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Another Fabulous Art History Thriller by the Bestselling Author of Oil and Marble, Featuring the Master of Renaissance Perfection: Raphael! Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling is one of the most iconic masterpieces of the Renaissance. Here, in Raphael, Painter in Rome, Storey tells of its creation as never before: through the eyes of Michelangelo’s fiercest rival—the young, beautiful, brilliant painter of perfection, Raphael. Orphaned at age eleven, Raphael is determined to keep the deathbed promise he made to his father: become the greatest artist in history. But to be the best, he must beat the best, the legendary sculptor of the David, Michelangelo Buonarroti. When Pope Julius II calls both artists down to Rome, they are pitted against each other: Michelangelo painting the Sistine Ceiling, while Raphael decorates the pope's private apartments. As Raphael strives toward perfection in paint, he battles internal demons: his desperate ambition, crippling fear of imperfection, and unshakable loneliness. Along the way, he conspires with cardinals, scrambles through the ruins of ancient Rome, and falls in love with a baker’s-daughter-turned-prostitute who becomes his muse. With its gorgeous writing, rich settings, endearing characters, and riveting plot, Raphael, Painter in Rome brings to vivid life these two Renaissance masters going head to head in the deadly halls of the Vatican.

Extreme Dreams Depend On Teams

Author: Pat Williams
Editor: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0446550779
File Size: 23,51 MB
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Pat says though the vision of one person can change the world, no one can carry out a vision alone. Extreme dreams depend on teams, and lack of teamwork is often how big dreams go unrealized. Using examples and anecdotes from history and contemporary life, Pat shows how the greatest world-changing events came to be as the result of the passion of single individuals. In each case, a team was assembled with people equipped in the various areas needed to bring the vision to pass. Pat addresses team assembly, dynamics, and pitfalls to give readers guidance they can immediately apply to their own circumstances. Everyone is looking for ways to be more successful in life. Pat Williams serves up a book packed with practical help to get readers where they want to be.

The Secrets Of The Vatican

Author: Douglas Brooke Wheelton Sladen
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The Secrets Of Rome

Author: Corrado Augias
Editor: Rizzoli International Publications
ISBN: 9780847829330
File Size: 42,53 MB
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From Italy's popular author Corrado Augias comes the most intriguing exploration of Rome ever to be published. In the mold of his earlier histories of Paris, New York, and London, Augias moves perceptively through twenty-seven centuries of Roman life, shedding new light on a cast of famous, and infamous, historical figures and uncovering secrets and conspiracies that have shaped the city without our ever knowing it. From Rome's origins as Romulus's stomping ground to the dark atmosphere of the Middle Ages; from Caesar's unscrupulousness to Caravaggio's lurid genius; from the notorious Lucrezia Borgia to the seductive Anna Fallarino, the marchioness at the center of one of Rome's most heinous crimes of the post-war period, Augias creates a sweeping account of the passions that have shaped this complex city: at once both a metropolis and a village, where all human sentiment-bravery and cowardice, industriousness and sloth, enterprise and laxity-find their interpreters and stage. If the history of humankind is all passion and uproar, then, as the author notes, "for centuries Rome has been the mirror of this history, reflecting with excruciating accuracy every detail, even those that might cause you to avert your gaze."

The Secrets Of The Roses

Author: Lila Peiffer
Editor: Thomas Nelson Publishers
ISBN: 9780785281924
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Young and beautiful Elizabeth Sheridan has everything going for her, but when she has to deal with two men vying for her love, a struggling family business, and a child she longs to call her own, she must make crucial decisions as an adult

Speaking Secrets Of The Masters

Author: Speakers Roundtable
ISBN: 9780937539149
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Professional speakers give their advice and personal techniques in the field of public speaking.

Secrets Of The Ice Age

Author: Evan Hadingham
Editor: Heinemann
File Size: 30,54 MB
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The 7 Secrets To A Life Of Meaning

Author: Ian Percy
Editor: Inspired Productions Press
ISBN: 9780970714008
File Size: 18,15 MB
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If you have ever driven into work on yet another Monday morning asking yourself, Why am I doing this? . . . this book is for you! With generous humor, insight and reality Ian Percy lays out a solid plan for how you can know - absolutely know - the meaning of your life.

Distant Secrets

Author: Ronald Schiller
Editor: Berkley Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780425129425
File Size: 44,78 MB
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Discusses cave paintings, the emergence of modern man, the first people to inhabit America, and archaeological sites in Thailand, Egypt, Mexico, Turkey, and China

Renaissance Secrets

Author: Jo Wheeler
Editor: Victoria & Albert Museum
File Size: 30,42 MB
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The term 'Secret' was used throughout the Renaissance to describe a recipe or formula. Thousands of 'books of secrets' - compilations of recipes claiming to reveal trade secrets and occult knowledge - were printed. From recipes for plague amulets to aphrodisiacs, and formulas for everything from lip balm to paint pigments, this book takes you into the clandestine world of Renaissance trades and explains why certain recipes were jealously guarded while others were printed for a new general readership. New research offers intriguing insights into the use of obscure, exotic and toxic ingredients and explains now unfamiliar or arcane techniques. Each recipe is linked to real objects from the V and A's outstanding collections. Renaissance Secrets tells the compelling stories behind the original recipes.