Saturday, November 03, 2012

Sistine Chapel Turns 500 Years Old

One of the great works of the Renaissance, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, had its 500th birthday.


Michelangelo was famed as a sculptor, but Pope Julius commissioned him to paint the famous frescoes in the 16th century.

He rejected the scheme intended for the design of the painting & instead made the Vatican accept his grand vision for the composition. It's one of the most well-known works of art in the world, with good reason.

I came across this beautiful virtual reconstruction of the chapel, from the Vatican's website:

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