Michelangelo's masterpiece of the Sistine Chapel did not come at a cheap price. The beautiful 5000 square foot work took Michelangelo over four years to complete. As if the sheer size wasn't enough to be amazed at, Michelangelo, who was originally a sculptor, had never worked with buon fresco before. But this wasn't the only thing that made it difficult for Michelangelo. He had the difficulties of painting above his head, painting on curved surface, and painting on a ceiling that was 60 feet above where people would be viewing the work from! Despite all these obstacles, Michelangelo managed to paint one of the most beautiful and iconic frescoes in all of history.
In this collage, the viewer can see an array of images from many scenes of the Sistine Chapel ceiling. From the Creation of Adam and the Fall of Man to the Sacrifice of Noah and scenes from the Final Judgement, Michelangelo masterfully depicted stories from all parts of the bible while embracing humanistic and divine aspects of art that are significant in works of his time period. One can see his mastery of the human physique by the definition of the muscle and skeletal systems in the figure, as well as his eye for creativity through the depiction of himself as a lifeless skin.