The Sistine Chapel

There is no need to advertise a work that speaks for itself: Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel are the great marvel of Vatican art and one of the most treasured asterpieces of Western painting.

The Sistine Chapel is most famously known for being the location where cardinals reunite, discuss and elect the new pope. During the visit, you enter the chapel through an nassuming narrow doorway, and you are greeted with a feast of colors. The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel has recently been restored, and has brought back to life colors that have been hidden for hundreds of years.

Before Michelangelo, the walls had been decorated by famous artists of Renaissance, such as Botticelli, Perugino, Ghirlandaio, but those are doomed to live in the shade of the famous artist. Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to decorate the ceiling in 1508. Glorifying the human body as only a sculptor could, Michelangelo devoted his considerable talents to painting ceiling frescoes, which seen in their historical context, are just breathtaking.

Twenty years later, iMichelangelo would paint the Last Judgement. The wall behind the altar, vibrant and arresting, still shows off bright colors that compensate for the dim light.

The the Sistine Chapel is a clarifying experience: you can feel a connection to a higher power, whatever you consider that to be.


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