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Interior of the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City | by Eustaquio Santimano
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Interior of the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

Interior of the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

 

The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is a shallow barrel vault, about 40 m long by 13 m wide, with windows in both long sides which cut into the vault so as to produce a series of pedantries between the windows, which are surrounded by lunettes, and have triangular shaped areas, called spandrels, above them at the junction of wall and ceiling. The central part of the vault is almost flat. In 1506, Pope Julius II asked Michelangelo to redecorate much of the chapel. He completed the famous ceiling frescoes in 1512 Commissioned by Julius II in 1508-12, Michelangelo frescoed the vault with scenes from Genesis. Together with the older frescoes of the lives of Moses and Christ, these provided a complete history of Man, from creation to redemption. Michelangelo was later commissioned by Pope Paul III to continue the story with a fresco of the Last Judgement over the altar.

 

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Taken on April 9, 2004