Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: A Masterpiece

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: A Masterpiece

michelangelo- last judgement

ceiling of sistine ceiling

sistine chapel




Tondo Dondi

battle of cascina

Source: wikipedia. com, rome.net

Michelangelo is one of the world’s most famous and respected artists. His works have been admired by people ever since he started creating and it still leaves everyone in awe. He was a perfectionist and he always wanted to give his best in a work. Perhaps that’s why his art is so highly appreciated.  This Renaissance genius was so devoted to his work, that he studied human anatomy intensely: via dissection, which was illegal for anyone other than physicians. A sculptor first, and a painter second, he mastered the intricate design of the human body in order to create impressive artwork.

His work of art includes famous sculptures as The David, Pieta, Bacchus, Madonna of Bruges and many other religious characters, and his paintings :  The Holy Family, The Battle of Cascina, The Conversion of Saul and, of course the most celebrated of them all : The Sistine Chapel.

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel

Pope Julius II, otherwise known as “Il papa terribile” had a great desire of rebuilding Roman glory and embarked on a campaign in order to do so. He was the one who commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Michelangelo painted over 5,000 square feet of frescoes, depicting scenes from the Book of Genesis, the Creation, the Fall, portraits of prophets, and other small figures. It took him 4 years to complete this masterpiece , from 1508 to 1512. The process was long and strenuous, as Michelangelo had to learn the techniques required to paint frescoes. However, once he mastered them, he painted rapidly. He had also built an intricate system of ladders which allowed him to paint at such a height. However, he had hard work to do. Standing with his neck upwards, paint dripping in his eyes, in a moist environment took a toll on his health.  He managed to endure all physical pain whilst creating  what some consider the first instances of 3D art- the frescoes are extremely realistic ( due to his study of the human body) and from whichever point you’re looking at the ceiling, the paintings seem perfectly arranged and designed.

Michelangelo was an absolute artist. He was devoted to his work, he worked hard and showed commitment. His works continue to daze the viewers and the Sistine Chapel is proof of the artistic genius of this Renaissance artist. Do you know other works by Michelangelo?

Source: arthistory.com

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