A vist to Rome is not complete without a visit to the Vatican and espacially the Sistine Chaple. The chapel is named after its founder, Pope Sixtus IV, who had it built 1473-1477. In 1508, Pope Julius II asked Michelangelo Buonarroti to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo, who considered himself a sculptor and not a painter didn’t want the job. Michelangelo couldn’t refuse, however, and began to work on the Sistine Chapel ceiling in May, 1508; he finished in October, 1512. The result, however, was a masterpiece.
The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel was originally painted with golden stars against a blue sky. This was replaced by Michelangelo who was originally supposed to paint the 12 apostles. Michelangelo thought this would be too poor and got permission for full creative freedom. The focus of the ceiling are nine stories from Genesis, starting at the back above the altar and The Last Judgment: Separation of Light from Darkness, Creation of the Stars, Separation of the Land from Waters, Creation of Adam, Creation of Eve, Fall of Man, Noah’s Sacrifice, the Flood, and the Drunkenness of Noah.
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