On this day in 1512, the Sistine Chapel opens to the public. The ceiling of the chapel was painted by the Italian artist Michelangelo. The frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel took many years for Michelangelo to finish. When he finished the frescoes, his back and posture were ruined from lying down staring at the ceiling while painting. Historians claim that Michelangelo did not want to participate in the project, but later became passionately obsessed with it. Of the compiled ceiling frescoes, there are nine sections depicting the biblical story. The sections represent a linear timeline leading to the Final Judgment of the Bible. Several other painters also contributed to the paintings decorating the Sistine Chapel, including the famous painter Raphael. Michelangelo was born on March 6, 1476 in a small town called Caprese near Tuscany, Italy. The famous painter died in 1564 at the age of 88.
He is considered one of the best painters in the history of the Renaissance. His artwork included sculptures, paintings, and architecture. He was an apprentice to the artist Lorenzo de ‘Medici, who ruled the Florentine republic. The ceiling frescoes of the Sistine Chapel are one of his greatest achievements and most famous works of art. Other famous works by him include the sculpture of David in 1504 and the Pieta in 1498. On this day in 1512, the public was able to see the ceiling for the first time in history. Many people would understand the great effort that Michelangelo put into his artwork.
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