Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Last Judgement (detail 1) (1534-1541)

The Last Judgement (detail 1) (1534-1541)
Michelangelo Buonarroti 1475 – 1564
fresco — 1534-1541
Revelation 18:2 - And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
A detail of Michelangelo's Last Judgment, showing the underworld. Charon chases the damned from his boat into Hell, where Minos (with snake) is waiting, ready to judge them.

According to the author Vasari the head of Minos is a portrait of the papal master of ceremonies. While the work was still in progress, this man complained about the amount of nudity in it. Michelangelo may have cast him as King of the Underworld for spite.

This picture was taken before the latest cleaning operation.
>>>> Sistine Chapel

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