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2012-10-15 11:25:27

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- To commemorate the 500(th) anniversary of the unveiling of Michelangelo's famed frescoes on the Sistine ceiling, HarperOne is offering a discounted E-book edition of Benjamin Blech and Roy Doliner's The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican (HarperOne; ISBN 9780061987458). For a limited time, from 10/15 through 11/13/12, the E-book will be priced at $2.99. Originally released in hardcover in April 2008,...

2012-01-23 10:56:00

WOODBURY, Conn., Jan. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Is there a secret message embedded on the Sistine Chapel Ceiling? Was exhausted artist Michelangelo Buonarroti so overcome by the time his masterpiece was complete that he added one final, hidden touch? What unknown element may have been peering down on visitors to that famous chapel for the past five centuries? In the process of completing an 8,000-piece jigsaw puzzle depicting the famous Italian fresco, author Dave Clark came to believe there...

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2010-07-29 10:14:21

Master painter's depiction of God contains neuroanatomical "oddities" Michelangelo, the 16th century master painter and accomplished anatomist, appears to have hidden an image of the brainstem and spinal cord in a depiction of God in the Sistine Chapel's ceiling, a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers reports. These findings by a neurosurgeon and a medical illustrator, published in the May Neurosurgery, may explain long controversial and unusual features of one of the frescoes' figures....

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2009-07-02 12:47:34

A multimillion-dollar renovation of the last frescoes painted by Michelangelo at the Vatican may have uncovered a self-portrait of the artist. Restorers spent seven years cleaning the frescoes of the Conversion of St. Paul and the Crucifixion of St. Peter in the Vatican's Pauline Chapel, usually used by the pope and his closest aides for private masses, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. The Vatican's chief restorer, Maurizio De Luca, said a self-portrait of Michelangelo can be spotted...

2006-01-08 06:36:43

By Crispian Balmer VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict performed the first baptisms of his pontificate on Sunday, using the occasion to launch an impassioned denunciation of irresponsible sex and a "culture of death" that he said pervaded the modern world. Pope Benedict, abandoning his prepared sermon, compared the wild excesses of the ancient Roman empire to 21st century society and urged people to rediscover their faith. "In our times we need to say 'no' to the largely dominant...

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2005-06-16 14:15:00

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Two Brazilian doctors and amateur art lovers believe they have uncovered a secret lesson on human anatomy hidden by Renaissance artist Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel's ceiling. Completed nearly 500 years ago, the brightly colored frescoes painted on the Vatican's famous sanctuary are considered some of the world's greatest works of art. They depict Biblical scenes such as the "Creation of Adam" in which God reaches out to touch Adam's finger. But Gilson Barreto and...