The Artwork of the Sistine Chapel

Last week, our Education group took a tour of the Sistine Chapel which can be found in the Vatican City. The Sistine Chapel is named after Pope Sixtus IV because he was the man that commissioned it. In 1508, Michelangelo who was 33 at the time was asked by Julius II to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. At first Michelangelo, did not want to paint it because he was already working on a marble project for Pope Julius II and he did not consider himself as painter. The ceiling is divided in nine scenes that come from the Book of Genesis, portraying the creation of the world from light to dark, sun to moon, Adam to Eve. This project took Michelangelo over four years to complete and is believed to be one of his greatest masterpieces. Then in the year 1536 Michelangelo was asked to paint the Last Judgement which covers the wall behind the altar in the Sistine Chapel. The Last Judgement which can be found in the Bible, describes the second coming of Christ which will take places at the end of the world. The top of the painting represents Christ next to all the angles and saints that are in heaven with him. The middle of the painting is supposedly, purgatory where the people are waiting for the gates of heaven to be open for them and the bottom of the painting is supposed to be a picture of hell, where the devil and all the fallen angles and people will stay for eternity. The Last Judgement was finished in the year 1541 and this was the final piece of the Sistine Chapel. Seeing the Sistine Chapel truly was an amazing and spiritual experience for all of us in our group and we will never forget that experience!

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