Michelangelo's Sistine Ceiling

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Michelangelo’s Sistine Ceiling
The Creation of Adam
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Brandon Steinberg
Mr. Ray Morales
Art 114-01
23 July 2012 Michelangelo was considered the greatest living artist in his lifetime, and ever since then he has been held to be one of the greatest artists of all time. Most of his work was done during the Italian renaissance. Michelangelo was not only known for his amazing paintings, but he was also a sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer. He has a bunch of pieces, from paintings, to sculptures, which rank among the most famous in history. The piece that I would like to talk about is The Creation of Adam, in the Sistine Chapel. Originally, Michelangelo was supposed to paint the twelve Apostles against a starry sky. Instead of painting this, Michelangelo wanted to paint something that was more complex; which represented creation, the Downfall of Man, and the Promise of Salvation through Christ. Michelangelo was a very unique person, often wanting to be by himself for long periods of times. He was known to, “live like a poor man.” He rarely ate, but when he did it was, “more out of necessity than out of pleasure.” He was a man that believed deeply in Church and the Christian faith. This led him to live a rather rough life sexually and emotionally. According to his faith, anyone who committed acts of homoerotic nature would not be aloud to go to heaven when they pass. This haunted Michelangelo throughout his whole life, and had a great deal in regards to his artwork.
Michelangelo believed that God made the human male form a replication of himself, the almighty. In 1508 Michelangelo took the commission from Pope Julius II, to begin painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. This took him around four years to complete. The main problem Michelangelo was faced with was the ceiling he had to paint, was twenty meters above him. The…...

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