Facts About Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Ceiling


7 Things You Didn’t Know About the Sistine Chapel

by Shelley Esaak/ThoughtCo.

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


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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.