A splendid image of the original accommodation of the tapestries woven in the 15 hundreds in Bruxelles from cartoons painted by Raphael. The pope Leo X committed these priceless works to ornate the side walls of the Sistine chapel.
Michelangelo was a man inclined to ascetism.
In many of the letters he wrote to his relatives at home he remarked his poverty and strenuos life.
Giorgio Vasari report about the simplicity fo his clothes annd his reluctance to change them.
Condivi, Michelangelo's biographer, add that he often worked so hard that he had no food or sleep.
The legend of Michelangelo being a lonely painter taking care of the strenuous work of painting alone the 12.000 square feet of the Sistine chapel is not true.
When Michelangelo got the commission he was an extremely skilled sculptor but initially lacked familiarity with the complex fresco technique.
He also had still in mind the project of the tomb of Julius II and it’s believed he wanted to delegate a large part of the pictorial execution to assistants.
Michelangelo got a Florentine friend that he trusted: his name was Francesco Granacci.
The 2 artists had studied together in Ghirlandaio workshop and in the garden of San Marco, that Michelangelo eventually entered thanks to Granacci's advise. Granacci never begun a very renewed painter.
He was unambitious, an easy living man and had a relaxed temper. In fact he specialized in less important decoration as theatrical scenery, banners for churches and knights, triumphal arches for parades.
Granacci’s lack of desire for glory was engaging for Michelangelo. Granacci easily acknowledged his supremacy, there was not artistic competition.
He entrusted Francesco Granacci to recruit the assistant he needed in Florence.
The two painters had very distant personalities. Raphael was sociable and courtly while Michelangelo was a solitary man.
We know they once met in Saint Peter square: Michelangelo was alone, while Raphael was surrounded by many pupils and admirers.
Michelangelo said to Raphael: ' you, with your band, like a bravo'
Raphael replied: 'and you alone, like the hangman'.
This is one of the most frequent questions I'm asked while in the Sistine chapel. As you see in this picture the cardinals gather inside the Sistine chapel, locked inside -conclave means 'with the key- to decide whom will became the new pope. The chapel is closed ahead of time to the visitors to be ready for this important decision. The fireplace is added on the corner of the sistine chapel facing the square, to produce the smoke created by burning the paper used for each vote as to create a black smoke, in case of no election, or white if we have a new pope. The fireplace is connected by tubes to a chimney located on the roof of the chapel visible from St. Peter square. Everybody in St. Peter square wait twice a day to see the color of the smoke...
March 12th, 2013 at 12.30.
sPeople who attended the mass in St Peter are exiing the church.
The atmosphere is very alive!
This morning service was open to everyone to join the cardinal in prayer for the successful election of the new Pope.
An historical moment that many faithful participated to.
The Sistine Chapel has closed to the visitors yesterday: March the 5th.
The Conclave preparation begun.
From now onwards it's all secret.
The Vatican museum can be visited, and are worth of, without having access to the Borgia Apartments and Modern Religious Art sections too.
This is one of my favorite Michelangelo's quote:
" Believe it or not, I can actually draw. "
"Faith in oneself is the best and safest course"
The Sistine chapel dimensions are believed to recall the same measures of the great temple of Salomon in Jerusalem, destroyed by Titus in AD 70.
The length is 40,23 meters and the height is 20,70.
The Sistine chapel is 13,40 meters wide, the same space occupied by 20 persons standing on the side one of the other.
Tomorrow, October 31st 2012, will be the 500 years birthday of Michelangelo’s genesis, the amazing painting program he realized along the course of 4 years for the pope Julius the II.
It was the same pope Julius the II to unveil the marvelous ceiling with the celebration of the Vespers Mass of All Saints’ Day on October 31st of the year 1512.
One of the most interesting paintings on display in the exhibit “Il Rinascimento a Roma nel segno di Michelangelo e Raffaello” ( held at palazzo Spada, Rome until 18 March 2012) was the copy of Michelangelo’s Last Judgment realized by Marcello Venusti in 1549.
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