Monday, March 2, 2009

Michelangelo's Room


This is a photo of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo was one of many painters of this building, but was entrusted to paint the ceiling. It took him four years to paint this work, which is considered by some to be his greatest accomplishment. Afterwards, it is said that Michelangelo could only read things when held at arms length, above his head because of his time spent painting in this manner.

This detail of the most well-known of the scenes from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel shows God's finger giving life to Adam. The detail in the hands is common to the Renaissance Period.

The face of Adam is quite detailed as well, and shows Adam looking towards his creator. Michelangelo shows Adam as looking similar to God, and also with the peak form of an athlete.

Michelangelo was also a gifted Sculptor. He started sculpting this statue of the biblical figure of David when he was 26 years old. This, is probably the most famous work of the artist whose first love was sculpture.

This statue of Moses again shows the detail common during the Renaissance. It was comissioned by Pope Julius II after seeing Michelangelo's work on the statue of David. The Sculptor is careful to show movement in the character, almost as though it were a real person frozen in time. The statue is a part of a larger tomb, which was actually started before the Pope asked Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.