Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo is 500 year old

Sistine Chapel Ceiling by MichelangeloThe Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo reaches the remarkable age of five hundred.

Exactly five hundred years ago the frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel was brought to completion. This unique, extraordinary and unparalleled work has been there, almost intact during the last five hundred years, for us to admire.

It was late October, early November 1512 AD, when Michelangelo, after four intense years of work, finally completed the frescoes on the ceiling.

Five hundred year old without not showing its age at all. In fact, to me the Sistine Chapel looks like it’s almost brand-new. Probably restoration that took place between 1984 and 1994 also played a role on that.

Today Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museums, and it is visited by five million people a year.
The chapel is also famous for being the election location of catholic popes.

6 Thoughts on “Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo is 500 year old

  1. The art work is unforgettable. And I can’t help thinking how they managed to decorate such a big surface over the heads. Must have been a real pain in the neck.
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  2. For what I read somewhere, Michelangelo had his sight damaged by colors dripping onto his eyes.
    But I don’t really know whether that is accurate or not.
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  3. Michelangelo also added The Last Judgement to the altar wall some years later, as if the Sistine Chapel ceiling wasn’t enough!

    • Yeah, you would never want people like Michelangelo to pass away. I guess what they could have given mankind, had they lived longer.

  4. I still find the scale and precision of this series of frescos quite extraordinary. I am not sure if anyone would even attempt something so bold today.
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  5. Jonas Acetben on March 18, 2017 at 12:17 pm said:

    The image here is actually of the ceiling of the map room leading to the chapel. Personally the wall maps were the highlights of the whole museum. Except for God’s arse which I don’t get to see often.

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