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General plan Sistine Chapel

Genesis

1 God separating light from darkness

2 God creates the planets and heavenly    bodies

3 God separating waters of heaven and    earth

4 The creation of Adam

5 The creation of Eve

6 The fall of man and the expulsion from    paradise

7 The sacrifice of Noah

8 The Flood

9 The Drunkenness of Noah

Prophets

14 Jonah

15 Jeremiah

18 Daniel

19 Ezekiel

22 Isaiah

23 Joel

25 Zachariah


Sibyls

16 Libyan Sibyl

17 Persian Sibyl

20 Cumaean Sibyl

21 Erythraean      Sibyl

24 Delphic Sibyl


Altar wall with „Last Judgment’’ Gericht

Main entrance

Inside view, Sistine Chapel, Vatican, Rome

South wall with life of Moses


North wall with life of Jesus

Altarpiece

 „Last Judgment’’, Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel, Vatican, Rome

Michelangelo Buonarroti

1475 - 1564


„Risen

 Bartholomew Christ’’

Old Testament

10 Crucifixion of Haman

11 The brazen serpent

12 David and Goliath

13 Judith and      Holofernes

Ancestors of Christ

26 Salmon, Boaz and Obed

27 Jesse, David and Salomon

28 Rehoboam and Abijah

29 Asa, Josaphat and Joram

30 Uzziah, Jotham and Ahaz

31 Hezekiah, Manasseh and      Amon

32 Zerubbabel, Abiud and      son Eliakim

33 Josiah, Jojachin and      Sealthiel

Outside view of Sistine Chapel, Vatican, Rome


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Overview: history of Sistine Chapel


The Sistine Chapel is known as one of the most important chapels of the Vatican and is located north to St. Peter's Basilica. World fame achieved the chapel through the harboring of the most important paintings in the world. In the eBook „The End of Times’’ the Sistine Chapel will be with its priceless art works and the known legitimacy of the „Risen Christ’’ to a central focus of heuristic image analyzes.


Pope Sixtus IV. (1471-1484), who lead the church during his pontificate almost to a downfall, was also the eponym of the Sistine Chapel. In his pontificate he commissioned the florentine architect Baccio Pontelli to reshape a palatine church in Vatican in this way, that the Vatican would get a worthy setting for solemn ceremonies. The choice for that fell on to the papal chapel „Chapel Magna’’, which was originated in the 13th century and probably goes back to the era of carolingian.

The floor plan of this chapel was extremely simple: an almost square room with dimensions of 40.93 meters in length, a width of 13.41 meters on the east wall, 13.11 meters on the north wall, and a height of 20.73 meters, describes the entire dimension of the building. Additionally with depressed levels of arches, including twelve large windows, six along the two main sides.


The floor was also existent and showed itself in the type of cosmati, how it was common in roman churches. About a choir screen the chapel was divided into two halfes. One half was for the faithful, the other intended for the Clergy.


On 27th of October 1481, Pope Sixtus IV. has instructed the reigning painter team around Cosimo Rosselli, Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Pietro Perugino to paint the side walls in the chapel with new frescoes. Somewhat later, Luca Signorelli, Piero di Cosimo, Pinturicchio and Bartolomeo della Gatta, Andrea da Assisi, Pier Antonio and Filippino Lippi were yet added. For the solemnity of the assumption day, on 15th of August 1483, the Sistine Chapel was consecrated and presented to the public with the newly designed sidewalls.


The decoration at the walls was carried out in three superimposed image cycles. The top row under the present-day pointed caps and lunettes shows the number of popes whose portraits find themselves in the niches and free spaces between the windows. In the middle row are scenes from the „Life of Moses’’ on the south wall and on the north wall scenes from „Life of Jesus’’ on the north wall to see. In the bottom row, a carpet curtain was painted, as it was common in roman churches.


After initial discussions about the painting for the Sistine ceiling with Pope Julius II., and intrigues of his architect Bramante, 1506, Michelangelo Buonarroti was entrusted with the mandate of painting the vaulted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Due to his differences with the Pope, Michelangelo initially fled from Rome to Florence and had refused the order. But little later he took part. With his work he started in 1508.


Pope Julius II., had asked Michelangelo, to paint twelve apostles according next to the twelve windows. „And, moreover, it is sufficient if the gaps would filled out as usual with ornaments’’, gave Pope Julius II. to protocol. „But that will be a poor house’’, Michelangelo replied thereupon. „Why’’, wanted Pope Julius II. to know. And Michelangelo replied: „because the apostles were also poor people’’. Due to this response Michelangelo had received from the Pope the permission to do what he wanted.


This fact we owe today, that instead of the night sky with golden stars on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, the masterpiece of Michelangelo appears with his imposing representations. The work took about four years and dragged on from May 1508 up to Oktober 1512.


Themes of decoration in Sistine Chapel


The subjects, that have been painted by Michelangelo on the ceiling, started from the altar side up to the entrance wall, are the following: 1) God separating light from darkness, 2) God creates the planets and heavenly bodies, 3) God separating waters of heaven and earth, 4) The creation of Adam, 5) The creation of Eve, 6) Fall of man and the expulsion from paradise, 7) The sacrifice of Noah, 8) The Flood, and 9) The Drunkenness of Noah.


In the four corner pendentives of the vault in the Sistine Chapel scenes with the „Crucified Haman’’ (altar side left), the „Brazen Serpent’’ (altar side right), „David and Goliath’’ (entrance wall right in plan view) and „Judith and Holofernes’’ (entrance wall left in plan view ) can be admired.


In the triangular panels of the pointed caps and lunettes (semicircle pictures) can be seen the ancestors of Jesus and the salvation history. Between the pointed caps seven prophets and five sibyls assist the image perception.


Other characters are the naked youths (Ignudi) on the vaulted ceiling, who are sitting on piers, and holding the green garlands, as the cornucopia, the medallions and the seals in their hands. The uniqueness of these painted seals, is, that they block images perception, whereby an objective content perception is prevented until the „Risen Christ’’ appears in the „Last Judgment’’, breaks the seals and makes the actual content transparent. Between the representations, naked putti angels can be recognized on both sides of the thrones of the prophets and sibyls, who support the image perception additionally. They are tracked by the brown satan disciples with dead ramskull and their impressive gestures above the pointed caps.

Above the main entrance wall of the Sistine Chapel, prophet Zacharias is located, who shows the „Risen Christ’’ the new way of writing a book. In opposition to him, on the altar wall and the „Last Judgment’’, prophet Jonah can be seen. He predicts the „Resurrection of Christ’’, as also the main guilt of sins in the world.


Michelangelo´s customer of the painted ceiling, Pope Julius II., died in February 1513, and thus shortly after the painted ceiling was completed. One of his successors, Pope Clement VII., granted Michelangelo more than twenty years later a new commission for the world famous painting of the „Last Judgment’’ with the „Resurrection of Christ’’ on the altar wall in the Sistine Chapel.


The representations of the altar wall painting with the „Last Judgment’’ divide into three segments: In the top row, in central position, the „Risen Apollo Christ’’ is to see as a world Judge. Next to him the „Mother of God’’. At the feet of the „Apollo Christ’’, Saint Lawrence and Saint Bartholomew are seen, who keeps the skin with the self-portrait face of Michelangelo. On both sides are saints, martyrs, apostles and patriarchs to be observe.


In the two lunettes above fly angelic hosts and illustrate the „Passion of Christ’’. Below the „Risen Apollo Christ’’ fly the righteous to heaven. On the right side, below, in top view, the damned souls become overthrown into hell. In the middle of the „Last Judgment’’, glide trumpet angels, especially archangel Michael, who accomplished by his trumpet the soul separation between chosen one and damned souls. In the lower part, left, scenes of the „purgatory’’ and „poor souls’’ are visible. Bottom right are the souls recognizable who are intended for hell and be ferried by Charon in a leaky boat.


At the unveiling of the finished altar painting with the „Last Judgement’’, at 25th of December 1541, the viewers were highly amazed about the of brilliant expressiveness of the work by Michelangelo Buonarroti. But up to now, nobody has presumably understood the real meaning of the paintings up to the publication of the eBook „The End of Times’’ by Berthold Jerg. Can also not, because these publication is reserved for the „Risen Bartholomew Christ’’ in the „Last Judgment’’.


Read all about the secrets of the „Risen Christ’’, the analyzes of all works of art in the Sistine Chapel and learn to understand the revelations of the „Last Judgment’’ and the new path to personal salvation. More about that in eBook „The End of Times’’ by Berthold Jerg.

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