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Michelangelo and the popes ceiling ross king on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers in 1508 despite strong advice to the contrary the powerful pope julius ii commissioned michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the newly restored sistine chapel with little experience as a painter though famed for his sculpture david . Almost 500 years after michelangelo buonarroti frescoed the ceiling of the sistine chapel in rome the site still attracts throngs of visitors and is considered one of the artistic masterpieces of the world. Michelangelo first gained notice in his 20s for his sculptures of the piet 1499 and david 1501 and cemented his fame with the ceiling frescoes of the sistine chapel 1508 12 he was celebrated for his arts complexity physical realism psychological tension and thoughtful consideration of space light and shadow. The last judgment italian il giudizio universale is a fresco by the italian renaissance painter michelangelo covering the whole altar wall of the sistine chapel in vatican cityit is a depiction of the second coming of christ and the final and eternal judgment by god of all humanity the souls of humans rise and descend to their fates as judged by christ who is surrounded by prominent saints
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