A MONTAGE OF MICHELANGELO'S SISTINE CHAPEL
Michelangelo is considered one of the most famous artist of the Italian Renaissance and one of the greatest geniuses who ever lived. One of his greatest masterpieces is the 6,000 sq. ft fresco painting of the Sistine Chapel in 1508. This project fueled Michelangelo’s imagination, and the original plan for 12 apostles morphed into more than 300 figures on the ceiling of the sacred space, yet all its magnificence, came at a considerable human cost taking Michelangelo four years of long and bitter toil to complete his masterpiece. When finally revealed, however, Michelangelo was instantly acclaimed as the greatest painter of all times. To understand the overall meaning of the ceiling's narrative, one must look at the structural analysis of it as a whole, interpreting the relationship of the images to the others. It is then only possible to decipher the deeper meaning and understanding of the ceiling set forth by St. Augustine in which he viewed the universe and man's existence as divided in two worlds - the earthly and the heavenly.
In this montage, the viewer can see the significance surrounding Michelangelo's rich images and glimpse the many layers of meaning and ambiguities within its imagery of timeless magnificence. One can see monumental figures embodying both strength and beauty representing the transcendent example of High Renaissance art incorporating the divine and humanist principles Michelangelo had absorbed during his youth.