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Giudizio universale, Michelangelo. The Last Judgment is a canonical fresco by the Italian Renaissance master Michelangelo executed on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. The work took four years to complete and was done between 1536 and 1541. Michelangelo began working on it some twenty years after having finished the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

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The Last Judgment by Michelangelo

Michelangelo's Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel - look how mad Jesus is - note also the figure of Saint Bartholomew, who was martyred through flaying, having his skin removed.

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Michelangelo's Last Judgment

Last Judgment by Michelangelo was a controversial but important fresco (48 x 44 feet) that can be seen in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican.


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The Sistine Chapel - It was Pope Paul III who asked Michelangelo to decorate the wall behind the altar with a fresco showing the Last Judgment: the moment when God judges man. Previously, in the 15th century, Pietro Perugino had decorated the wall with an altarpiece & 2 frescoes. They were related in subject matter to the side walls showing episodes from the lives of Moses & Jesus. Michelangelo's fresco was inaugurated in 1541 after 5 years of painting.