The Importance Of The Sistine Chapel Restoration

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Karen McDaniel McDaniel 1
Art 111: Introduction to the Arts
Traci Garland
Sistine Chapel Restoration
Sistine Chapel Restoration Controversy
Michelangelo Buonarroti was born in the tiny village of Caprese in 1475. During his life he was considered Europe’s greatest living artist and after his death he is still considered, “one of the greatest artists of all time.” ( He worked as an architect, sculptor, and a painter. His most famous sculptures are of David and Pieta, both completed in his twenties. David completed in 1504 was sculpted using a single block of marble. The sculpture of David is a nude with David appearing to be concentrating with a slingshot over his left shoulder ready for battle with Goliath. This can be viewed in Florence, Italy near the main piazza. (DeWitte, Larmann, and Shields 293) Pieta, another sculpture that can be found in St. Peters in the Vatican is a sculpture of the Virgin Mary mourning over the body of Jesus. ( Although Michelangelo completed many sculptures and left some incomplete sculptures
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I would have been terrified to even touch the art work little alone apply a solvent to it. Leave it alone in fear of damaging such a masterpiece and still use the new climate and environment controlled system to prevent any further damage. Of course now that the restoration is completed and the results are amazing it is easy to say that yes it was a good decision to restore the artwork done by Michelangelo. My concern now is how this cleaning process and restoration will fare over time. Will the paintings begin to chip over

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