Last Judgment

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  • Last Judgment
  • Last Judgement
  • View: Detail, group of the Saints to the left of Christ, with central figure of St. John the Baptist and St. Andrew with his cross

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Title

Last Judgment
Last Judgement
View: Detail, group of the Saints to the left of Christ, with central figure of St. John the Baptist and St. Andrew with his cross

Subject

New Testament; saints; Jesus Christ; Paul III, Pope, 1468-1549; second coming of Christ; apocalypse; damned

Description

Michelangelo’s commission to decorate the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel dates from 1534, the final year of Clement VII’s pontificate. According to Vasari, the project was taken over without alteration by his successor, the Farnese pope Paul III. For a papal establishment already chastened by the Sack of Rome, it seems likely that the fresco was intended as a powerful reminder of the Four Last Things: Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell. Two factors contributed to the impact of this message: the fresco’s unusual position on the altar wall (representations of the Last Judgement were normally placed on the entrance wall of ecclesiastical buildings) and the removal of Perugino’s altarpiece, with its comforting image of the Virgin, as the focal point of the chapel.

Creator

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian painter, 1475-1564)

Source

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

Date

1535-1541 (creation)

Rights

publicDomain

Relation

part of Sistine Chapel

Format

pigment on plaster
539.3 in (height) x 472.4 in (width)

Type

fresco (painting)

Identifier

mich254x.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), “Last Judgment,” Institute Images Online, accessed December 16, 2017, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/3032.

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