The Sixtine Chapel

Dedicated to my mother Louise (Lisa), an
admirer of Michelangelo's masterpieces

 
Russia, 1975. Self-portrait.

Michelangelo Buonarotti (1475-1564). Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, and poet who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. The Sixtine Chapel in Vatican is his story of  Creation.

Vatican, 1994. God.

    Michelangelo was recalled to Rome by Pope Julius II in 1505 for two commissions. The most important one was for the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, which occupied him from 1508 to 1512. Tip: Please point on the stamps with the mouse in order to get more information.

Vatican, 1970. Adam Hungary, 1975. Creation of the Man. Adam Vatican, 1970. Eve

    Lying on his back on scaffolding high above the chapel floor, Michelangelo painted some of the finest images of all time. On the vault of the papal chapel, he devised an intricate system of decoration that included nine scenes from the Book of Genesis, beginning with God Separating Light from Darkness and including the Creation of Adam, the Creation of Eve, the Temptation and Fall of Adam and Eve, and the Flood.

India, 1975. Creation of the Sun and Moon.

Vatican, 1994. Creation of the Sun and Moon.

Vatican, 1994. Adam, Eve Taking Apple from Serpent.
Albania, 1975. Delphic Sybil India, 1975. Creation of the Man. Adam

Vatican, 1994. Creation of the Man. Adam

Vatican, 1994. Adam, Eve forced from the Garden of Eden. The Flood.
Albania, 1975. Cumaenian Sybil

    These centrally located narratives are surrounded by alternating images of prophets and sibyls on marble thrones, by other Old Testament subjects, and by the ancestors of Christ. In order to prepare for this enormous work, Michelangelo drew numerous figure studies and cartoons, devising scores of figure types and poses.

Vatican, 1970. Adam and Eve Albania, 1975. Michelangelo Buonarotti


     These awesome, mighty images, demonstrating Michelangelo's masterly understanding of human anatomy and movement, changed the course of painting in the West. (After: Microsoft Encarta 1996) 

    Notice: Some stamps above, in yellow tints, reproduce the work before it was restaurated.

Related link: Michelangelo, WebMuseum
Background:
Madonna of the Stairs, the first sculpture of Michelangelo.

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Revised: 12/04/08. Copyright 1997 - 2000 by Victor Manta, Switzerland. All rights reserved in all countries.

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