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Michelanagelo. Sistine Chapel

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Transcript of Michelanagelo. Sistine Chapel

Without having seen the Sistine Chapel one
can form no appreciable idea of what one man is capable of achieving.

Johann Wolfgang Goethe
This work has been and truly is a beacon of our art, and it has brought such benefit and enlightenment to the art of painting that it was sufficient to illuminate a world which for so many hundreds of years had remained in the state of darkness. And, to tell the truth, anyone who is a painter no longer needs to concern himself about seeing innovations and inventions, new ways of painting poses, clothing on figures, and various awe-inspiring details, for Michelangelo gave to this work all the perfection that can be given to such details.
Giorgio Vasari
The Holy Family with the infant
St. John the Baptist (the Doni tondo)
c. 1506
Tempera on panel, diameter 120 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
The Sistine Chapel ceiling was painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512 at the commission of Pope Julius II.
Battle of Cascina (central section), 1505
Oil on panel, 77 x 130 cm
Holkham Hall, Norfolk
This picture is the copy of the cartoon by Bastiano (Aristotile) Sangallo.
The Battle of Anghiari (copy by Rubens), 1503-05
Black chalk, pen and ink, watercolour on paper, 452 x 637 mm
Musée du Louvre, Paris
This is a reconstruction of the interior of the Sistine Chapel in the days of Sixtus IV, before Michelangelo's alterations to the ceiling, showing its former decoration of star-spangled frescoes by Pier Matteo d'Amelia.
The First Day of Creation.
Separation of Light from Darkness, 1511
Fresco, 180 x 260 cm
Creation of the Sun, Moon, and Plants, 1511
Fresco, 280 x 570 cm
Separation of the Earth from the Waters, 1511
Fresco, 155 x 270 cm

Creation of Adam, 1510
Fresco, 280 x 570 cm
Creation of Eve, 1509-10
Fresco, 170 x 260 cm
The Fall and Expulsion from Garden of Eden, 1509-10
Fresco, 280 x 570 cm
The Deluge, 1508-09
Fresco, 280 x 570 cm
Sacrifice of Noah, 1509
Fresco, 170 x 260 cm
Drunkenness of Noah, 1509
Fresco, 170 x 260 cm
Genesis Stories
Prophets and Sibyls
The Delphic Sibyl, 1509
Fresco, 350 x 380 cm

The Erythraean Sibyl
Fresco, 360 x 380 cm
The Cumaean Sibyl, 1510
Fresco, 375 x 380 cm
The Persian Sibyl
Fresco, 400 x 380 cm
The Libyan Sibyl
Fresco, 395 x 380 cm
Fresco, 360 x 390 cm
Joel, 1509
Fresco, 355 x 380 cm
Fresco, 365 x 380 cm
Fresco, 355 x 380 cm
Fresco, 395 x 380 cm
Fresco, 390 x 380 cm
Fresco, 400 x 380 cm
Punishment of Haman
Fresco, 585 x 985 cm
Judith and Holofernus, 1509
Fresco, 570 x 970 cm
David and Goliath
Fresco, 570 x 970 cm
The Brazen Serpent, 1511
Fresco, 585 x 985 cm
(nude figures)

Capuchin's Bible, c. 1180
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
The Tree of Jesse reprersents the ancestors of Christ
is the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City
it takes the name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it between 1477 and 1480
is the site of the Papal conclave, the process by which a new Pope is selected
the interior: 40.9 metres (134 ft) long by 13.4 metres (44 ft) wide
(the dimensions of the Temple of Solomon)
The Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)

The Papal conclave
, the process by which a new Pope is selected
Modern scaffold bridge used for the conservation process built based on Michelangelo's idea
Michelangelo started to paint from the story of Noah
Michelangelo painted the ceiling staying on 65 ft off the floor by the light of candles
The narrative is organized in triplets alternating between small and large scenes
going to the creation scenes

Sistine chapels walls (painted 1480-82):
the events of Old and New Testament
leading artists of 15 century: Perugino, Ghirlandaio, Botticelli, Rosseli
this is a traditional errancy
the first scenes have more figures and their size is smaller
gradually the figures became more monumental
I've grown a goitre by dwelling in this den —
As cats from stagnant streams in Lombardy,
Or in what other land they hap to be —
Which drives the belly close beneath the chin:

My beard turns up to heaven; my nape falls in
Fixed on my spine: my breast-bone visibly
Grows like a harp: a rich embroidery
Bedews my face from brush-drips, thick and thin.

My loins into my paunch like levers grind:
My buttock like a crupper bears my weight;
My feet unguided wander to and fro;

In front my skin grows loose and long; behind,
By bending it becomes more taut and strait;
Crosswise I strain me like a Syrian bow:
Whence false and quaint, I know,
Must be the fruit of squinting brain and eye;
For ill can aim the gun that bends awry.
Come then, Giovanni, try
To succour my dead pictures and my fame;
Since foul I fare and painting is my shame.
- in Ancient Greece and Rome a woman with prophetic powers.
Belvedere Torso
is a fragment of a statue, 1 c BC, Athene, Ancient Greece
The prophetic power is symbolized by
the large books and scrolls
the figures of the boys -

(sing, genius)
The bunches of
closed close to each figure and scattered throughout the ceiling's decorations are symbols of Pope Julius' family name the
della Rovere
oak in Italian
The idealized beauty of human body references to the classical humanistic idea of
kalos kagathos - ideal human personality, harmonious in mind and body
might be the representations of the heaven forces, mediators between humans and heavens, some kind of angels without wings.

The Fighting
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