This Day in History: Sistine Chapel!

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Did you know that on this day in 1512 the Sistine Chapel paintings by Michaelangelo were first unveiled to the public?

I’ve never been in person to see this amazing work of art. However, even just looking at pictures, you can imagine how much time and attention to detail went into these paintings. We have been to a fair amount of art museums lately and I always marvel at the art because I am not naturally artsy (believe it or not) and I can appreciate that these creations of art – even if I don’t always like them – took a lot of time and effort. Michaelangelo’s work on the Sistine Chapel took 4 years and permanently damaged his eyesight. Think of how many things we start and stop – can you imagine the effort it took to keep working on it for four solid years? By al accounts, Michaelangelo himself was actually miserable working on the Sistine Chapel – being reluctant to take it on and even writing a poem about his misery in working on it. But it still is such a majestic work.

Sistine Chapel

If you have never been to the Sistine Chapel, this virtual tour of it is really cool. Also, Khan Academy has a really nice diagram of what is depicted where. That diagram can give you a good idea of the Bible stories he painted. This picture is only just one section of the amazing artwork that covers so much of the chapel. Because it is spectacular, over 5 million people go to see it every year.

Have you ever been to the Sistine Chapel? Or I’d love to hear about cool works of art that you have seen. 

Photo credit: JefGonzales via VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-ND


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