Everson art book club
June 1: The White Road: Journey into an Obsession by Edmund De Waal
August 3: Michelangelo & the Pope’s Ceiling by Ross King
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June 1 Session
The White Road: Journey into an Obsession by Edmund De Waal
This book traces the trail left by the intricate steps involved in mining, refining, shaping, and firing clay fit to become porcelain which first took place in China well over 1,000 years ago. The products of the imperial kilns in Jingdezhen were as precious as jade and coveted worldwide. Journeying to Jingdezhen, Dresden, South Carolina, and southwest England, de Waal tells the story of determined experimenters who reproduced the magic the Chinese had mastered. Each episode in the book is tied to a particular personality who is traveling the white road, enthralled by the beauty of porcelain.
August 3 Session
Michelangelo & the Pope’s Ceiling by Ross King
When the powerful and willful Pope Julius II wanted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel covered with frescoes, he had any number of great artists to choose from. The 29-year-old Michelangelo, coming off the recent triumph of his colossal sculpture of David, was already at work on Julius’s massive (and never to be fully realized) tomb. The much-sought-after sculptor had little experience as a painter and even less in the demanding medium of fresco. The author masterfully details the epic struggle between Michelangelo as egotistical genius and Julius as brilliant manipulator, descriptions that can easily be reversed.
How to get the books:
These books are available from the OCPL catalog.