The Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel, in the Vatican, is named for Pope Sixtus IV, who had it restored in 1477AD.  About 30 years later, Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo Buonorroti to decorate the ceiling with frescoes.  About 30 years after that, Michelangelo was commissioned to decorate the western wall of the chapel.  That fresco is known as The Last Judgment.  It joins frescoes by Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Domenico Ghirlandaio and others.

No photography is allowed inside the Sistine Chapel, so below are my photos from  Michelangelo:  Divine Draftsman and Designer, an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City, 2017, where a back-lit photographic replica of the Sistine Chapel ceiling decorated the gallery ceiling.

I highly recommend these books about Michelangelo, 
and the decoration of the Sistine Chapel:

Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling, by Ross King

Basilica:  The Splendor and the Scandal:  Building St. Peter's, by R. A. Scotti.

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