Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Thirteenth Guardian Guest Post Michelangelo - Research that surprised me.

I have met people who are serious fine art enthusiasts and connoisseurs. They travel to The Met, The Louvre, The Guggenheim, and The Uffizi Gallery to be in the presence of the work of several of the masters. I love art, but I am not quite at the level of paying the Galleria dell’Academia in Florence to shut down to the public so I can spend 4 hours alone with a famous piece. So, when writing The Thirteenth Guardian, I had to do a lot of research on Michelangelo and his works. Michelangelo is considered by many to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, artists of all time. His paintings and sculptures are world famous and it was easy to find detailed information about much of his mainstream work.

What was astounding to me were some of his lesser known interests. He had a passion for learning anatomy and spent a lot of time studying the human body. During the Middle Ages, dissection of the human body was frowned upon to some degree by the Church. However, the Church would occasionally allow physicians to publicly dissect the cadavers of criminals and artists would frequently attend to study  the inner anatomy of the human body. It is said that Michelangelo wanted to go further in his study of anatomy, and would privately dissect cadavers that he got from one of the local churches before burial. Sometimes, however, he went as far as stealing dead bodies so he could get uninterrupted drawing time. He made intricate sketches of internal organs and it is believed that he incorporated some of this knowledge into his art. That idea blew my mind—but as you look at some of his better known work, like the Creation of Adam fresco in the Sistine Chapel in the heart of the Catholic church, and although it is still a topic of passionate debate, it appears that Michelangelo hid a controversial secret in plain view. Several physicians from leading academic institutions have recently confirmed the anatomical accuracy of the hidden human organs in some of his most famous paintings. It was absolutely fascinating to learn about the lesser known truths about Michelangelo.

Da Vinci’s secret pales. Michelangelo concealed an explosive truth in his famous Creation of Man fresco in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. Everything we have been taught about Eve is wrong—she didn’t cause the fall of man. Instead, Eve carried a far more devastating secret for millennia; one that will change the world forever.

As the modern-day world suffers the cataclysmic effects of the “Plagues of Egypt”, Avery Fitzgerald, a statuesque Astrophysics major at Stanford, discovers that she is mysteriously bound to five strangers by an extremely rare condition that foremost medical experts cannot explain. Thrust into extraordinary circumstances, they race against time to stay alive as they are pursued by an age-old adversary and the world around them collapses into annihilation.Under sacred oath, The Guardians—a far more archaic and enigmatic secret society than the Freemasons, Templars, and the Priory—protect Avery as she embarks on a daring quest that only legends of old have been on before. Avery must come to terms with the shocking realization that the blood of an ancient queen flows through her veins and that the fate of the world now rests on her shoulders.

About the Author
K.M. Lewis has lived in multiple countries around the world and speaks several languages. Lewis holds a graduate degree from one of the Ivy League Universities featured in his book. When he is not writing, Lewis doubles as a management consultant, with clients in just about every continent. He does much of his writing while on long flights and at far-flung airports around the globe. He currently resides on the East Coast of the U.S with his family.
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