The Sistine Chapel ceiling is one of the absolute and most important masterpieces of art and was frescoed almost entirely and in record time by Michelangelo.
The work was commissioned by Pope Julius II and was built between 1508 and 1512.

How big is the Sistine Chapel ceiling?
The Sistine Chapel ceiling is almost 500 square meters large.
Numerous themes have been frescoed by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

The main panels, positioned in the center, depict scenes from the Book of Genesis, Creation and the Fall of Man, immediately after Noah's deluge.

On both sides, next to each of these scenes, there are the great portraits of the prophets and the sibyls announcing the coming of the Messiah.

In the lunettes are depicted the ancestors of Jesus and the stories of the tragedy of the Jewish people. In addition there are smaller figures with cherubs and nudes. In total there are more than 300 figures painted on the ceiling.

Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoed by Michelangelo

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