The Last Judgement by Michelangelo Buonarroti

Last JudgementAround the end of 1535 and early 1536 work began on the Last Judgement by Michelangelo Buonarroti, which ended six years later.

Michelangelo to paint the Last Judgement, must remove the wall paintings, depicting the finding of Moses, the birth of Christ and the Assumption by Pope Sixtus IV kneeling, painting, which originally had dedicated the Chapel of Sixtus IV.

Around the end of 1535 and early 1536 the works on the Last Judgement were initiated by Michelangelo Buonarroti, who ended six years later.

To paint the Last Judgement, Michelangelo had to remove the already existing wall paintings, representing the finding of Moses, the birth of Christ and the The Holy Virgin with Pope Sixtus IV kneeling. This painting was originally dedicated by Sixtus IV to the Chapel.

To maximize the surface two windows were also closed. The continuity of the lateral paintings in the Sistine Chapel got completely lost, but a magnificent opera was born: the Last Judgement, a marvel worldwide known.

In the fresco of the Last Judgement, Michelangelo stands out for his perfect knowledge of the Bible and the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.
His painting shocked critics of the time since in his work are present wingless angels, saints without halo and monstruos demons.

The characters depicted in the Last Judgement

In the Last Judgement, Christ is the center, depicted in a dramatic gesture, along with His mother Mary, represented a dramatic expression to emphasize the event is going to happen.

In the Last Judgement in addition, you may recognize the saints depicted with their symbols: Peter on the left of Christ with the shoes, Andrea at the right of the Madonna with the Cross, Catherine from Alexandria with the cogwheel.
Very particular is the portrait of the Apostle Bartholomew with knife in hand and the other holding a human skin.

Tradition has it that the saint had been skinned alive. In face of this saint with just flayed skin, many critics have identified a self-portrait of Michelangelo.
Below you can recognize the boat of Charon and the Resurrection of the Dead.