Sistine Chapel Ceiling

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  • Sistine Chapel Ceiling
  • View: Detail, figure of Rehoboam, from the ancestors of Christ lunette of Rehoboam and Abijah

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Title

Sistine Chapel Ceiling
View: Detail, figure of Rehoboam, from the ancestors of Christ lunette of Rehoboam and Abijah

Subject

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

Description

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. 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)

Rights

publicDomain

Relation

part of Sistine Chapel

Format

pigment on plaster
12,000 ft2 (area)

Type

fresco (painting)

Identifier

mich196.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 December 16, 2017, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/3025.

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