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1The Visual Arts – Michelangelo’s the Sistine ChapelNameARTS / 100May 4th, 2017Instructor
2The Visual Arts – Michelangelo’s the Sistine ChapelIt all started when Pope Julius II wanted to repaint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and commissioned Michelangelo Buonarroti(1475-1564). Michelangelo was hesitant to carry out thistask because he was primarily a sculptor. This can be seen in his sculptures such as Davidand thePieta ("Michelangelo's Gallery," 2016). Eventually, Michelangelo consented, commenced painting in 1508, and concluded in 1512.Materials UsedThe Sistine Chapel is widely recognized as millions of people from around the world visit the Vatican City to view this masterpiece. The Renaissance Painter, Michelangelo created this classical masterpiece back in 1512 using a technique known as Fresco, in which pigments suspended in water are executed upon freshly laid or wet lime plaster. The result of this technique allows for the art to be part of the plaster wall instead of simply being painted over it and therefore giving the artwork a longer lifespan that just a typical painting (Sporre, 2013).