Monday, February 4, 2013

Italian Renaissance (pt. 19)

Thirty years later, Michelangelo got one wall in the Sistine Chapel to paint, and that became his massive, 48-foot high Last Judgment fresco.  Michelangelo was not at all loyal to the Medici (as evinced by his symbolic statue of David), and so, stylistically, one cannot but help see some of the artists expression of disapproving sentiments towards the Medici—perhaps an embittered reminder to the ruling family that they, too, like every other person, will one day be judged.

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