Essay Sistine Chapel Research Project

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The Sistine chapel was the only one of Michelangelo’s large scale projects that was insisted by religious leaders such as Julius II and Paul III (Harris, 1976, p 20). The main fresco of the Sistine chapel took four years to complete (1508-12). The last Judgment was created twenty three years later after completing the Genesis ceiling fresco. It is located on the altar of the Sistine chapel. The Last Judgment was commissioned by Pope Clement VII (1523-1534) shortly before his death, and confirmed in 1535 by his successor, Pope Paul III (1468-1549) who was considered the first Counter Reformation Pope. As a religious artwork it was the largest single fresco mural painting of the 16th century ( It was part …show more content…
Pope Paul III gave a lot of faith into painter’s abilities and gave him vast amounts of artistic license for the sake of the beauty of art. While others criticized Michelangelo's use of nude figures in which valuing art over religion as a serious sin; the Pope was very supportive of the piece. In addition to the lack of clothes on his subjects, Michelangelo was critiqued for not only using the Bible as an inspiration for his fresco but also mythological creatures such as Charon and Minos who were shown respectively in the underworld. Michelangelo, came in direct contact with a religious movement that required them to limit his art in certain ways( of the nude figures in Michelangelo’s masterpiece had to be covered with drapery. As well as some scenes of the painting had been cut out or redone by a different artist altogether. Michelangelo distinguished himself arguably like no other artist had ever done before. Toward the end of his life, he appeared to rethink his career and to worry about his previous art. In this fresco Michelangelo lamented the vanity of art and expressed his longing for religious experience. Whether or not it was the effects of old age proximity to his death and to the completion of the Last Judgment that, like the figures in his painting, he too would face judgement. Michelangelo is an example of a master artist caught in the whirlwind of

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