However, you can now view Michelangelo's artwork on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel online.
|Michelangelo's frescos on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, Rome|
You can view - virtually - every part of this masterpiece. If you have a large and/or high definition screen you're going to find the experience particularly stimulating
- Just click and drag your arrow in the direction of the part you wish to see.
- Down in the lower left corner are the controls to zoom in (click the plus + sign) and zoom out (click the - sign).
- You can also scroll to move in closer
Sistine Chapel (Italian: Cappella Sistina) is the best-known chapel in the Apostolic Palace; the official residence of the Pope in Vatican City. It is famous for its architecture and its decoration that was frescoed throughout by the greatest Renaissance artists including Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini, and Sandro Botticelli. Under the patronage of Pope Julius II, Michelangelo painted 12,000 square feet (1,100 m2) of the chapel ceiling between 1508 and 1512. He resented the commission, and believed his work only served the Pope's need for grandeur. However, today the ceiling, and especially The Last Judgement, is widely believed to be Michelangelo's crowning achievement in painting.From Wikipedia - Sistine Chapel
Other artwork in the Vatican - Raphael, Caravaggio and Michelangelo
Below I've included links to the rest of the Vatican website and some of the other highlights of the artwork which can be seen in the Vatican
- The Holy See - the Vatican
- Vatican Site Map
- Vatican Collections
- 10 highlights (in the Vatican Museums Online)
The Last Judgement (Michelangelo)
Liberation of St Peter (Raphael)
Deposition from the Cross (Caravaggio
Gregorian Egyptian Museum
Gregorian Etruscan Museum
Ethnological Missionary Museum
Quetzalcóatl, Pre-Colombian Mexican divinity