Painting of Sistine Chapel

An addition to the Vatican complex, the Sistine Chapel was built for Pope Sixtus IV from 1477-1480. From 1508 to 1512, Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Julius II to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo depicted several scenes from the Bible, including the iconic The Creation of Adam. This Renaissance artwork is an example of the growing complexity of art to include depth and even optical illusions as Michelangelo realized that the curved nature of the ceiling would add a unique dimension to his work. The method/materials Michelangelo used were fresco plaster and paint. The image on the timeline, which shows the overall plan of the ceiling, is licensed under Creative Commons and is Public Domain in the USA according to Wikipedia.

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1508 to 1512