Sistine Chapel Ceiling by Michelangelo
|Sistine Chapel Panoramas View|
The lowest zone pictures Christ's ancestors burdened with mortal tasks like caring for children. The corners of the zone show heroic moments from the stories of David and Goliath, the hanging of Haman, Judith and Holofernes, and the brazen serpent. Symbols and divine prophets fill the second zone. The third zone runs down the center of the ceiling and is separated into nine panels that depict scenes from Genesis.
Michelangelo's work continued for four years as he lay on his back on scaffolds painting. The overarching theme he successfully conveys is that life is a journey of transitions between slavery within one's body and the liberation of reuniting with God. As the piece progressed Michelangelo grew more confident about his message and work. Figures grew larger and overlapped into the center scenes of Genesis.
The quantity of human subjects in the piece is staggering and has served as a model for human form for other artists since its creation. The work can be considered a High Renaissance cornerstone piece and is a definitive example of Michelangelo's extraordinary scope and skill as a master artist.