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Sistine Chapel November 21, 2011

Posted by Retired Geezer in Art, Religion.
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Too bad I can’t show the video here but you’ll just have to click it to see the Virtual Tour. It’s pretty amazing.

You can view every part of Michaelangelo’s masterpiece and you won’t have to wait until teh Lutheran Millennium ™.

The panel on the ceiling where God touches Adam kinda surprised me. Have you ever seen the complete painting before?

Just click and drag… ahh, you’ll figure it out.

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1. Retired Geezer - November 21, 2011

I bet Lipstick has seen this in person, Mrs. Peel too.

2. Mitchell - November 21, 2011

Awesome find RG! National Geographic did a spread on the big restoration project they did 20 years ago and I was completely blown away by what he did. Sistine Chapel / Michelangelo fun facts:

1. Michelangelo didn’t want to do this project and ran away when he learned that the pope had selected him to do it. The pope sent an army division to find him and drag him back.

2. Michelangelo painted the ceiling standing up (not on his back as depicted in the movie). It was a very uncomfortable way to paint.

3. The chapel paintings are frescoes. Frescoes are paintings done on wet plaster. Michelangelo (or an assistant) would trowel on a section of plaster and he would wait for it to set up a bit. There’s a fairly brief window that the painting can be done before the plaster dried.

4. The painting was done in complete secret – nobody but Michelangelo and his assistants were supposed to be able to see the work until he was finished (no, not even the pope). Somehow Raphael got to sneak a peak and incorporated a design element from the SC paintings into one of his most famous paintings.

5. The return of Jesus Christ scene on the end wall was done many years later near the end of Michelangelo’s career.

3. Retired Geezer - November 21, 2011

Nice factoids, Mitchell.
Did God hugging the nude surprise you like it did me?

4. daveintexas - November 21, 2011

Wish you could zoom in.. am I missing something?

5. Mitchell - November 21, 2011

You can zoom in and out with the plus / minus controls on the lower left area Dave.

RG – no. Nudity wasn’t a “thing” until later when painters were hired to paint over “naughty bits” in previous paintings.

Interesting bit about God in the Creation of Adam panel: the purple / reddish robe surrounding God and angels is int the shape of the human brain. The graphic internal structure of the painting is very similar to the cross section of the human brain as well.

6. Retired Geezer - November 22, 2011

I can zoom in and out with my scroll wheel.
YMMV

7. Retired Geezer - November 22, 2011

the purple / reddish robe surrounding God and angels is in the shape of the human brain.

Wow, looks like a perfect cross-section, did they even know that stuff back then?

8. daveintexas - November 22, 2011

D’OH Thanks

9. Mitchell - November 22, 2011

“Wow, looks like a perfect cross-section, did they even know that stuff back then?”

Oh yeah. Dissection of human corpses had been around for a while by Michelangelo’s time. Leonardo Da Vinci did some too.

10. beasn - November 22, 2011

I was able to see this in person. The lighting was low because they just completed a cleaning and it was wall to wall people watching.

*NO FLASH*

Occupy the Sistine Chapel!


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