Today on “Days to Remember” we celebrate on November 1st 1512 Michelangelo’s painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel had its first exhibited to the public.
Can imagine what people were thinking during that time to see such a creative artist as Michelangelo?
Thank God wall paper wasn’t invented back then I can just imagine Michelangelo’s face. If someone told him, “Come on down Michel we decided to put wall paper instead.”
While visitors to the Vatican Museums in Rome can marvel at these frescoes only from afar, “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition” now offers the opportunity to observe these masterpieces close up, in the form of reproductions.
On November 1st 1512, after 4 ½ years’ work, the ceiling frescoes of the Sistine Chapel were solemnly inaugurated. Michelangelo achieved this accomplishment largely without assistance and under difficult conditions.
Around 20 years later, in 1536, he returned to Rome. Clemens VII, the successor of Pope Julius II, wanted a redesign of the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo then worked until 1541 creating the “Last Judgment”, with Jesus in the center as the great judge separating humanity into the chosen and the damned.
Why did Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel?
Michelangelo wanted nothing to do with the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling.
In 1508, 33-year-old Michelangelo was hard at work on Pope Julius II’s marble tomb, a relatively obscure piece now located in Rome’s San Pietro in Vincoli church.
When Julius asked the esteemed artist to switch gears and decorate the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling, Michelangelo balked. For one thing, he considered himself a sculptor rather than a painter, and he had no experience whatsoever with frescoes. He also had his heart set on finishing the tomb, even as funding for the project dwindled.
Nevertheless, Michelangelo reluctantly accepted the commission, spending four years of his life perched on scaffolding with his brush in hand. He would return intermittently to Julius’ monumental tomb over the next few decades.
Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name CBS Morning News, is a bird’s eye view of how the Sistine Chapel looks today and its new reinvention of putting up LED Lights, as we celebrate the public debut of Sistine Chapel today on November 1st.
Contrary to popular belief, Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel in a standing position.
When they picture Michelangelo creating his legendary frescoes, most people assume he was lying down. But in fact, the artist and his assistants used wooden scaffolds that allowed them to stand upright and reach above their heads.
Michelangelo himself designed the unique system of platforms, which were attached to the walls with brackets. The impression that Michelangelo painted on his back might come from the 1965 film “The Agony and the Ecstasy,” in which Charlton Heston portrayed the genius behind the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling.
As we marvel in today’s great talent today of how the Sistine Chapel was opened for the first time on November 1st 1512.
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