Facts About Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Ceiling


7 Things You Didn’t Know About the Sistine Chapel

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Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling is one of the most influential artworks of all time and a foundational work of Renaissance Art. Painted directly on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, the masterpiece depicts key scenes from the Book of Genesis. The complex narratives and skillfully painted human figures stunned viewers when the painting was first unveiled to the public in 1512 and continues to impress the thousands of pilgrims and tourists from around the world who visit the chapel every day.

The Paintings Were Commissioned by Pope Julius II

Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – two daughters-in-law; Suzy and Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with husband Gordon Duff, many cats, two rescue pups, and two guinea pigs.

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  1. I call it the sixteenth chapel.
    Who paid for it, and why did they pay ?
    In my bizarre world view, the best art is not commissioned, but spontaneous, and never intentionally put in a museum. or in this case a mausoleum.
    It is the case where, a building full of divine inspiration, must outsource creativity, because they actually have none themselves. Interesting. Because they even stole the book they use.
    Any inference that the artist was a christian is dubious at best.

  2. Highly recommend the film, “The Agony and the Ecstacy”(1965), with Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison. A pretty good account of the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

  3. Michelangelo was also commissioned to paint the Last Supper. Didn’t quite work out so well.
    “Good evening your Holiness”
    “Good evening Michelangelo, I want a word with you about that painting of yours, the Last Supper.”
    “Oh yeah”?
    “I’m not happy about it…not happy atall.”
    “Oh dear, it took me hours…”

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