Thursday, August 9, 2012

August 9

On August 9, 1483, the recently completed Sistine Chapel was consecrated with a Mass. It replaced a structure dating from 1368. Michelangelo painted the chapel ceiling with Biblical stories (and prophets) between 1508 and 1512, and the altar fresco (“The Last Judgment”) between 1535 and 1541. He protested to Pope Julius II, who forced him into the project, that he was a sculptor, not a painter. Pictured: The Creation of Adam.

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