the Last Judgement by Michelangelo

Located on the wall of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, the Last Judgement is a fresco by Italian Renaissance master Michelangelo.  The painting shows God’s final judgement of all humanity.  The painting depicts God in the middle of a mass of humans, pulling some up to heaven and damning others to hell.  God is surrounded by depictions of many famous saints.  The work is considered revolutionary because Michelangelo did not depict the figures by their social position, but rather showed everyone in equal standing, bare before God.  The piece received mixed reception.  Some believed that nude figures should not be shown in such a sacred place.  The work took Michelangelo four years to complete.    He was commissioned by Pope Clement VII to paint the resurrection, but when the pope died, Pope Paul III believed the Last Judgement was a more fitting subject.  This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

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