Michelangelo’s Work on the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is in Italy and is the official residence of the Pope. The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is regarded as one of Renaissance artist Michelangelo’s best work.

Michelangelo painted the 12,000 square foot ceiling of the chapel from 1508 to 1512. While the Pope at the time wanted him to paint Jesus and his apostles, Michelangelo decided to paint scenes from the Book of Genesis.

Through his paintings, Michelangelo brings alive three hundred characters from the Old Testament. Scenes from the great flood, Noah, the Prophets, Adam and Eve at the garden of Eden. He has to paint a lot of the ceiling with his head tilted upwards most of the time!

On certain days, when he was particularly inspired, he painted large sections at one time. Michelangelo actually painted the scene of God and creation in one single day!

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