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: