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SIERRA COLLEGE WORLD RELIGIONSSistine ChapelCenter of Religious Activities and Museum of Renaissance frescoesBy Becky Kim
Kim 1Min Jin KimProfessor Jason FileWorld Religions1 December 2016Sistine Chapel: The Center of Religious Activities and Museum of Renaissance frescoes“The Sistine Chapel is an extraordinary work of education - it lays out all the early books of the Bible,” said Peter Greenaway, a British filmmaker and artist who is currently working on the Nine Classic Paintings project*(1). Today, the Sistine chapel is mostly remembered its magnificent frescoes of famous Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo andBotticelli. Since its consecration on August 15th in 1483, the Sistine Chapel of Roman Catholic affiliation has been a famous destination for various scholars and Christians around the world for its priceless historical and religious values. Also, the beautiful frescoes and decorations that ornate the interior of the chapel, such as The Last Judgment and The Creation of Adam, have attracted millions of artists and tourists to Vatican City, the birthplace of the chapel. Although the chapel holds artistic and educational significance, its importance should not be limited to the boundary of art and history. Today, the Sistine Chapel is the Pope’s personal chapel where the College of Cardinals gathers for Papal conclave, which is a process of electing a new pope. It is a mecca where a lot of Christians make pilgrimage for important papal ceremonies, for the chapel is located inside the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the incumbent pope. Along with Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the Sistine Chapel is regarded as one *The project of animating classic artworks by using state-of-art technologies to make “something close to film”.
Kim 1of the most influential and greatest churches of the world. *The project of animating classic artworks by using state-of-art technologies to make “something close to film”.
Kim 2History of the Sistine Chapel could not have been written without the presence of Pope Sixtus IV, who was elected as the 212th Pope on August 9, 1471. During his reign, the site of Sistine Chapel originally stood Cappella Magna, or Capella Maggiore, which meant the “Great Chapel”. Just like the other Roman Catholic churches, Cappella Magna held mass,conclaves*, and Christian ceremonies. During the 15th century, there were around 50 annual gatherings. Out of the total, 35 events were masses, and Cappella Magna held 27 of them while St. Peter’s Basilica held 8 masses.