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Sistine Chapel

Unique ArtBook in three tomes


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"If you haven't seen the Sistine Chapel, it's impossible to have any idea of what one man is capable of doing."

Johann Wolfgang Goethe (28 August 1787)


Information about the author

The author of the introduction accompanying the photographs and their descriptions is Antonio Paolucci, former director of the Vatican Museums (b. 1939). A respected art historian, inspired by the teachings of Roberto Longhi, he worked not only in Rome, but also in heritage institutes and museums in Florence, Venice, Verona and Mantua. He also supervised the renovation work in the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, which was affected by the earthquake. He was also the Minister of Culture of the Italian Republic.

He is the author of dozens of articles, treatises and monographs of all the most important Renaissance artists. He is also one of the organizers of an exhibition on Italian Renaissance art. His text for this unique publication is not only the words of the leading Italian expert and art lover, but also an expression of respect for the importance and uniqueness of the Sistine Chapel.

The Sistine Chapel

Of the Renaissance, which lies at the heart of European civilisation, is contained in two symbols. The first, which can be regarded as the initial symptoms of a new era in human thinking and perception of the world, is the Brunelleschi dome in the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence. The second, which is the culmination of this extraordinary period of European culture, is the decoration of the Sistine Chapel in Rome - the work of Michelangelo and other prominent artists of the Italian Renaissance. The 1200 square meters of Michelangelo's frescoes, created by himself and with a huge amount of work, depicts, among others, the Creation of the World and Man (the frescoes on the vault were commissioned by Pope Julius II in the years 1508-1512) and the Final Judgment on the wall opposite the entrance (years 1536-1541). The painting is not only a wonderful biblical narrative, but also a true expression of the magical affinity of two forces - God and the Christian message and the creative will of man. The painting masterpiece of Michelangelo had no precedent in its history to date, not only because of its size. The personal effort of the great master, his ability to combine artistic vision with architecture into a coherent whole, his spirituality with the precision of art, remain unparalleled. The sense and value of this work has survived for centuries. Every day tens of thousands of visitors raise their heads with amazement, watching the paintings on the walls of the Sistine Chapel.

15th-century frescoes

  • Paintings on the southern walls, northern and western, and images of Pope
  • Frescoes on the walls tell the stories of Moses and Christ in the iconographic sequence established by Sixtus IV
  • Left side (Old Testament).
  • Moses and his wife Sephora in Egypt (Pietro Perugino)
  • Moses' Trials (Sandro Botticelli)
  • Crossing the Red Sea (Biagio Di Antonio)
  • Moses on Mount Sinai (Cosimo Rosselli)
  • Punishment of Korea, Danata and Aribona (Sandro Botticelli)
  • Testament and death of Moses (Luca Signorelli and Bartolomeo della Gatta)
  • Right side (New Testament)
  • Baptism of Christ (Pietro Perugino)
  • The temptation of Christ (Sandro Botticelli)
  • The calling of the Apostles Peter and Andrew (Domenico Ghirlandaio)
  • Sermon on the mountain and the healing of the leper (Cosimo Rosselli)
  • Handing over of the keys of St. John of God To Peter (Pietro Perugino)
  • Last Supper (Cosimo Roselli and Biagio Di Antonio)
  • Entrance Wall
  • Resurrection of Christ (Hendrich Van der Broeck)

The vault

  • Michael the Angel on the vault depicted the history of mankind before the coming of Christ, which connects into a chronological whole with the works on the walls
  • Nine largest fields is divided into three parts
  • Creation of the world
  • God separates light from darkness
  • God creates the sun and moon
  • Separation of the sea from the land
  • Creation and fall of Adam and Eve
  • Creation of Adam
  • Creation of Eve
  • Original Sin
  • Noah Story
  • Noah's Sacrifice
  • Flood
  • Sons of Noah. The side fields and spotting scopes feature prophets and Sibillas, while the other fields are decorated with Old Testament scenes.

Day of Judgement

  • The last part painted by Michelangelo is the Last Judgement, located on the wall behind the altar
  • At the center of the work is the figure of Jesus Christ preaching for sins, with Our Lady at the side
  • Around him the saints are gathered, depicted together with the tools of their martyrdom
  • At the top of the fresco are the angels holding the tools of the Passion of the Lord, and below the central part, there are eleven angels without wings, who will play trumpets, waking up the dead
  • The dead on the left rise up to help each other, and those on the right are knocked down to hell
  • The King of Hell is Minos with donkey ears wrapped in a snake. It was he who received the face of Biagio of Cesena, the master of the ceremony at the court of Paul III, who became famous for his criticism of the nudity in the frescoes of Michelangelo.
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