Sistine Chapel Ceiling

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  • Sistine Chapel Ceiling
  • View: Ignudo (male youth)

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Title

Sistine Chapel Ceiling
View: Ignudo (male youth)

Subject

cycles or series; Old Testament and Apocrypha; Julius II, Pope, 1443-1513; nudes; youth; Biblical narratives; Papal chapel; prophets

Description

It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of the frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. They mark the arrival of a new type of heroic painting. Through frequent copy, adaptation and parody, they have become the works most commonly associated with Michelangelo’s name, and they are central to any discussion of his achievement. In the final scheme the vault was given a fictive stone framework, with a series of nine narratives from the book of Genesis in the centre, each placed at right angles to the long axis of the chapel. Figures of nude youths (the famous ignudi) sit on the simulated architecture framing these narratives. They bear garlands supporting fictive bronze medallions with reliefs depicting other Old Testament stories. In the spandrels at both ends and down the sides of the chapel are colossal enthroned figures, each labelled as a prophet or sibyl. Between these, and in the lunettes above the windows beneath, are family groups and paired figures of the Ancestors of Christ. At the four corners, the pendentives are painted with scenes illustrating the salvation of Israel.

Creator

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian painter, 1475-1564)

Source

Description: Grove Art Online; http://www.oxfordartonline.com/

Date

1508-1512 (creation)

Contributor

Fredlund, William

Rights

publicDomain

Relation

part of Sistine Chapel

Format

pigment on plaster
12,000 ft2 (area)

Type

fresco (painting)

Identifier

mich185x.jpg

Coverage

Sistine Chapel (Rome (Vatican City), Santa Sede (Holy See), Italy); Palace of the Vatican
Renaissance

Files

Citation

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian painter, 1475-1564), “Sistine Chapel Ceiling,” Institute Images Online, accessed October 19, 2017, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/3023.

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