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Italy-3225 - The Last Judgement

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The Last Judgment is by Michelangelo on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel. It took four years to complete from 1537 to 1541. Michelangelo worked on it three decades after finishing the ceiling of the chapel.


The work spans the entire wall behind the altar. It is a depiction of the second coming of Christ and the apocalypse. The souls of humans rise and descend to their fates, as judged by Christ surrounded by his saints.


A heavy dispute between Cardinal Carafa and Michelangelo: the artist was accused of immorality and intolerable obscenity, having depicted naked figures, with genitals in evidence, inside the most important church of Christianity. The genitalia in the fresco were covered 24 years later, when the Council of Trent condemned nudity in religious art.

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Taken on October 22, 2010