Sistine Chapel Ceiling

One of Michelangelo's greatest piece of work

Background info on Michelangelo

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni commonly known as Michelangelo was born in Caprese, Italy on March 06, 1475. Was raised in Florence, Italy. Lorenzo de' Medici was his mentor during this time Michelangelo also went to grammar school but left to go live with Lorenzo. He spent most of his time working on his art and did not spend a lot of time socialising. He has painted and sculpted many pieces of art he also has made a lot of buildings his most famous pieces are the sculpture of David, the pietà, the Sistine Chapel ceiling, and New Sacristy (Medici Chapel). He had several patrons or people that helped him they were his family, the Medici, and several high ranking government officials. Michelangelo’s works did not show a lot of humanism because he did a lot of work in and with the churches. He could be considered capitalist because he was very wealthy and was connected with very high people and could control the trade and could choose what jobs he wanted to do.


Sistine Chapel ceiling

One of Michelangelo’s greatest creation is the Sistine Chapel ceiling because it was so hard and meant a lot to him and the people of the church. The piece was started in 1508 and was finished in 1512. This piece is in the Sistine Chapel and is seen in a lot of books because it is such an amazing piece and is part of the church. This was a significant piece because a lot of people could relate to it and everyone could see it when they went to the chapel. It showed very descriptive accounts of what happened during the old testament. The piece used a lot of new techniques like making the art more 3D and more realistic also it was very hard to paint upside down so they had to use their quick drying paint. This piece is very unique and describes how the world was made and shows all of the important people that had something to do with God's plans and is very meaningful to christians and it explains how we were made in one big painting. During this time that it was made it was very helpful in helping people come back to christ and to not lose hope and to not forget God because times are getting better. This piece is connected to secularism because I high group paid him to do this project but it could also be connected to humanism and trying to get people to come back to christ. I find it interesting because it relates to my religion and I could not imagine painting the same thing for 4 years upside down and trying not to let any paint drip. You could see this picture in a famous painting book or in an article about Michelangelo, you can also find this painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.


Work Cited


"Michelangelo Buonarroti." Authors and Artists for Young Adults. Vol. 43. Detroit: Gale, 2002. Biography in Context. Web. 11 Nov. 2013.




"Michelangelo." 2013. The Biography Channel website. Nov 11 2013, 01:25http://www.biography.com/people/michelangelo-9407628.






"Michelangelo's 'The Creation of Adam'." World of Genetics. Gale, 2010. Biography in Context. Web. 14 Nov. 2013.






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