The day a Masterpiece was born

On this day in 1512 the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, one of Michelangelo Buonarroti’s most well-known works, was opened to the public for the first time.

The frescoes of the ceiling was commissioned by the Pope Julius II. He was a very complicated person to satisfy. One of the stories, told by Vasari, illustrates that. The Pope often saw Michelangelo, and said, “Have the chapel enriched with colours and gold, in which it is poor.” He would answer familiarly, “Holy Father, in those days they did not wear gold; they never became very rich, but were holy men who despised wealth.”

Want to have a little journey to the Sistine Chapel? Here you are a wonderful video:

 

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