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.
Finnan, Vincent. “Last Judgement, Michelangelo’s Sistine Masterpiece.” Italian Renaissance Art.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Sept. 2016. http://www.italian-renaissance-art.com/Last-Judgement.html
Museums, Vatican. “The Last Judgement.” The Last Judgement. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Sept. 2016. http://mv.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/x-Schede/CSNs/CSNs_G_Giud.html
“The Last Judgement.” The Last Judgement. Sistine Chapel, n.d. Web. 17 Sept. 2016. http://www.thelastjudgement.org/