It was Pope Julius II who chose Michelangelo Buonarroti to decorate the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Michelangelo completed the decoration of the ceilings in just 4 years.

Initially it should have only realized the figures of the 12 Apostles, but at the end of the work there were more than 300 figures painted by the artist.

Sistine Chapel frescoed by Michelangelo

The beginning of the works was very slow because Michelangelo had never painted frescoes before the Sistine Chapel. The difficulties were even greater because the surface was curved and he had to learn the "secrets" of perspective.

Some believe that Michelangelo painted lying on his back but it is not true because he had devised a scaffolding system to make work easier.

In addition to the frescoes of the ceiling, the work of Michelangelo's most famous and appreciated Sistine Chapel is the Last Judgment, painted between 1535 and 1541.

The ceiling and the Last Judgment frescoed by Michelangelo Buonarroti

In the last years of Michelangelo's life the scandal broke out in the Vatican for his paintings of completely naked men and women.
In 1564, the year in which he died, the censorship law was approved for his frescoes.

The artist Daniele da Volterra was commissioned to cover nudity with some clothes. Today it is possible to admire the original fresco because after some restorations the censures were removed.

A detail of the Last Judgment censored by Daniele da Volterra

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