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    Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

    by GinGinCoo Updated Mar 10, 2004

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    Pictures are not allowed to be taken in this Chapel so I'm using a postcard pic. A beautiful masterpiece by Michaelangelo who began working on the ceiling frescoes (a total surface of about 520 square meters) on May 10, 1508, the date on the contract he signed with Pope Julius II. He began from the entrance, so he was in effect working backwards with respect to the chronological order of the nine episodes from Genesis depicted in the central part of the ceiling.

    The first scene he painted was the Flood, beginning in Sept 1508. In the three stories from the life of Noah and in the surrounding figures Michelangelo was helped by assistants, while he worked entirely alone on the five Seers, the four Ignudi, the Ancestors of Christ in the spandrels and lunettes, all of which he painted at the same time as the scenes on the ceiling and the stories of David and Judith. After the end of 1509, starting from the scene of Original Sin, Michelangelo got rid of all his collaborators and continued working with the sole assistance of his apprentices; he allowed them to paint the minor elements, such as frames, putti and roundels.
    In August 1510 the first half of the frescoes (from the entrance wall to the Creation of Eve) was finished. After this Michelangelo stopped work for several months. On August 15, 1511, the Feast of the Assumption, the finished part of the ceiling was unveiled. The following year, on All Saints Day (Nov 1), the whole cycle was inaugurated.

    The Creation of Adam, Ceiling of Sistine Chapel
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    The Genesis, by Michelangelo

    by pili Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Painted as he lay on scaffolding for four years (1508-1512), it depicts the biblical story of Creation in nine scenes.
    Carry small binoculars into the Sistine Chapel to be able to really appreciate the ceiling in this minimal lighting

    The Genesis
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    The Sistine Chapel

    by pili Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Finally, the Sistine Chapel, where you will admire one of the highest masterpieces of art: the Genesis and the Last Judgement by Michelangelo, that after the last restorations have gained their original splendour.-

    The Sistine Chapele
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    Visit the Sistine Chapel.

    by worldkiwi Written Sep 25, 2002

    This is one of those "seven wonder" places every tourist wants to see. The famous painted ceiling is awesome. There aren't enough adjectives to describe it. You should not suffer from claustrophobia if you want to visit though, because the chapel is packed to the walls with tourists.
    Sadly, no photography is allowed. The picture here is of the corridor just outside the exit from the famous chapel itself.

    Ceilings in the Vatican Mueum.

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    Break all the rules

    by Poznick Written Feb 19, 2008

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    Make sure to take along your camera and break as many rules as possible by liberally photographing all the light-sensitive works of art. Trust me, its fun.

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    don't miss the Sistine Chapel!

    by mitchimitch Written Feb 20, 2007

    The Sistine Chapel is right at the end of the Musei Vaticani tour. Don't miss this! Be prepared to be awestruck by Michaelangelo's work!

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    sistine chapel and the vatican museums

    by doug48 Written May 29, 2006

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    if you plan to visit the sistine chapel and the vatican museums do it first before visiting the basilica. get there early because the lines get very long.

    st. peters dome

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    The Sistine Chapel

    by Dazzle88 Written Sep 19, 2003

    The Sistine Chapel was painted by Michelangelo during the Italian Renassiance. It is amazing, beautiful and full of color!

    The Ceiling of the Chapel

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    Capella Sistina

    by Aurorae Written May 24, 2003

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    A painting masterpiece of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. The great Judgement, and creation of Adam as a part of it.

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