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Michelangelo: The Frescoes of Sistine Chapel
And they would all be unified within a vast imaginary architectural structure as overwhelming as Julius's abandoned tomb. This is supported by Ascanio Condivi 's statement that Michelangelo read and reread the Old Testament while he was painting the ceiling, the more ambitious he became, drawing his inspiration from the words of the scripture. The more Michelangelo thought about the chapel's potential. His works are compelling but they compel no meaningful interest in him because in creating them - in giving them such a strong sense of life that they present the illusion of being not works of art but actual human beings - he has absented himself.Get A Copy. On the Third DayGod creates the Earth and makes it sprout plants. Open Preview See a Problem. Jan 21, Zheluo Cai added it.
Vatican Publishing House. Open Preview See a Problem. The structures form visual bridges between the ane and the ceiling, and the figures which are painted on them are midway in size approximately 2 metres high between the very large prophets and the much smaller figures of Popes which had been painted to either side of each window in the 15th century. In Christian doctrineChrist came not just to the Jews but also to the Gentiles.
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The Sistine Chapel Ceiling: Michelangelo and the Making of an Artistic Masterpiece (2003)
Extract from the Introduction: Michelangelo never wanted to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling. The artist persisted in the paranoid suspicion that the whole scheme had been cooked up by his enemies and rivals, to give him an opportunity to fail on the grandest scale, and in the most embarrassing way. As they well knew, he was a sculptor, not a painter, and would be bound to make a fool of himself. Besides, he had better things to do. The decoration of the ceiling of the chapel of the papal conclaves — all twelve thousand square feet of it — clearly struck Julius II as a fittingly grand scheme on which to employ the most prodigiously gifted artist of Renaissance Italy.
Update newsletter preferences. The Sistine Chapel Ceiling, Rome! He was also occupied with a very large sculptural commission for the pope's tomb. There are obvious connections in the design of the Slaying of Holofernes and the Slaying of Haman at the opposite end of the chapel. Nov 07, Mel Brannen rated it it was amazing.
The ceiling is that of the Sistine Chapel , the large papal chapel built within the Vatican between and by Pope Sixtus IV , for whom the chapel is named. It was painted at the commission of Pope Julius II. The chapel is the location for papal conclaves and many other important services. The ceiling's various painted elements form part of a larger scheme of decoration within the Chapel, which includes the large fresco The Last Judgment on the sanctuary wall, also by Michelangelo, wall paintings by several leading painters of the late 15th century including Sandro Botticelli , Domenico Ghirlandaio and Pietro Perugino , and a set of large tapestries by Raphael , the whole illustrating much of the doctrine of the Catholic Church. Central to the ceiling decoration are nine scenes from the Book of Genesis of which The Creation of Adam is the best known, having an iconic standing equaled only by Leonardo da Vinci ' s Mona Lisa , the hands of God and Adam being reproduced in countless imitations.