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Sistine Chapel


    The famous and world renowned, Michelangelo to Buonarroti (1475 A.D-1564 A.D) was an exceptional painter, sculptor and architect. He is accepted as the greatest artist of all times. Another great artist Giorgio Vasari in his book 'Lifes of the Artists', describes Michelangelo as, "certainly sent by God as an example of what an artist could do".

    The Sistine Chapel was built by Pope Sixtus IV in 1475. Michelangelo followed the proportions of Solomon's temple as described in the Bible, to design the Chapel. It is 132 feet by 44 feet; length is twice the height and three times the width. Famous painters like Perugino, Singnorelli and Bothicelli were hired to decorate the Chapel walls with painted scenes from the Bible.

    In 1508 A.D Sixtus's nephew, Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to redecorate the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. He worked nonstop for four years, sometimes even sleeping on the scaffolding. He used fresco style of painting using water colour on freshly applied plaster.



    Because the Pope was impatient, Michelangelo never did any retouching. It was breathtakingly beautiful. Down the centre of the ceiling Michelangelo painted the Biblical History of the World in nine scenes. Prophets and Sybils (female prophets) who foretold the birth of Christ. It reaches a dramatic peak in the scene depicting the Creation of Man.

    He returned and replaced the frescos on the end wall with a scene of the Last Judgement. It took him six years, As the angels of Apocalypse (end of world) blow trumpets, hundreds of figures swing around the figure of Christ, the Judge. he painted his own portrait on the flayed skin of St. Bartholomew.



































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