The Last Judgement

The visual piece of art I decided to focus on for this blog post is Michelangelo’s painting, The Last Judgment. This piece was created in the Sistine Chapel between 1536 and 1541.  Michelangelo was asked by Pope Paul III to complete this painting.


This masterpiece was one of the best known creations during the Italian Renaissance.  At this same point when Michelangelo was creating this work, Italy as well as England were in religious turmoil. The Protestant Reformation was occurring in England and the Counter-Reformation was occurring in Italy.  Change to religious ideas as a result of the reformations was clearly a huge influence during this time. It was also an influence to this painting.  I read on Vatican Museums website that “The Last Judgement also caused violent reactions among the contemporaries.”. During this time of change due to the reformation individuals had a challenging time accepting different forms of art.  Michelangelo originally painted many figures in this piece without any clothing. It was found “inappropriate” by the church and individuals.  It was later covered up by a pupil of Michelangelo.

I found this specific piece of art to be pretty interesting. I really enjoy looking at all of the different things that are occurring throughout this painting, it is telling quite a complex story without having to utter a word. This painting also appealed to me because I like all the details and colors it contains. Every time you look at it you notice something different that you hadn’t noticed before.  There are so many individuals in this painting and they all have their own unique features and actions.  It really makes the painting come to life.  For example, on the bottom of the painting you can find the resurrection of the dead occurring.  This is a good example to show how detailed everything in the panting is.







Works cited:

Finnan, Vincent. “Last Judgement, Michelangelo’s Sistine Masterpiece.” Italian Renaissance N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Sept. 2016.

Museums, Vatican. “The Last Judgement.The Last Judgement. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Sept. 2016.

The Last Judgement.” The Last Judgement. Sistine Chapel, n.d. Web. 17 Sept. 2016.

2 thoughts on “The Last Judgement

  1. Wow, the differences between the painting I studied, The Blind Leading the Blind by Bruegel and Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement are huge. Bruegel was painting in the north in what’s now Belgium and the Netherlands in an area totally influenced by the Protestant Reformation. It’s unknown if Bruegel was Catholic or not, but his work reflected the new religious understandings of the Reformation. The religious paintings of the north were no longer epic like The Last Judgement. They were much smaller, not meant for churches or public viewing, used paler colors, and were way less regal than Michelangelo’s paintings and frescoes.


  2. This is an amazing piece. Michelangelo was incredibly talented and in so many mediums. It almost unbelievable that one person could create this amazing fresco and the incredible sculpture of the Pieta, which is the piece I did my blog entry on. Michelangelo clearly played a significant role in the Reformation. I found it really interesting that he originally did most of the people in the painting nude and that a pupil of Michelangelo, not even Michelangelo himself, later covered it up. I would love to see it in person and get to look at all the little details!


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