Essay On The Sistine Chapel

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The Sistine Chapel is located in Vatican City where it serves as a combined place of worship and papal activity, and is the official residence of the Pope. It was originally known as the Capella Magna before its restoration in 1477 by Pope Sixtus IV, for whom it was named. Following its completion, in 1483 the Apostolic Palace was consecrated and dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption (“Sistine Chapel”). The measurements of its simplistic rectangular design repeat those given in the Old Testament for the Temple of Solomon. The exterior walls feature large buttresses which replaced the cracked stone masonry, but are unadorned with lavish detail as common with Italian architecture of the Renaissance era. However, it is the decoration of the …show more content…
He was reluctant at first, having intended to spend the rest of his days completing the tomb of Julius II. Michelangelo’s masterpiece covered up fifteenth century art works executed by a number of famous artist’s including Pietro Perugino, Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio. To reach the high ceilings, Michelangelo constructed his own scaffold built out from the holes above the windows. Unfortunately, this meant he had to paint in a standing position, for which he described his physical discomfort in a poem to Giovanni da Pistoia:
I’ve already grown a goiter from this torture, hunched up here like a cat in Lombardy.
My stomach’s squashed under my chin, my beard’s pointing at heaven, my brain’s crushed in a
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In the first, The Separation of Light from Darkness, God is the only present figure, his image taking up the majority of the panel. He is painted from a unique perspective, with arms raised above his head releasing clouds of light into the darkness. The Lord is represented twice in the scene of The Creation of Heavenly Bodies, once creating the celestial bodies, and again creating the plants. In the latter, the view of God’s backside is illustrated as directly described in the Bible (Finnan). In The Separation of Land and Water, God is accompanied by three cherubim in the same elliptical shape as seen in The Creation of Adam. With arms held high, God is seen moving above the water towards us. This scene represents the second day of

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