Michelangelo was one of the greatest artists of all time. He excelled in architecture, sculpture, painting, poetry, and engineering. He was a true Renaissance man who lived a long emotional life.
In painting “The Last Judgment,” Michelangelo was able to incorporate all that he had learned about the human body. He was able to show the way the body moved, as well as its displays of unrestrained passion, overwhelming grief, or endless torment. This is what makes “The Last Judgment” such a unique and exceptional work of art. In the spring of 1534, Michelangelo received a commission from Clement VII to paint “The Last Judgment” on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel. He was also commissioned at this time to paint a “Fall of the Angels” on the entrance wall, but this second work was never executed. He had painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel some twenty eight years prior, but the style of his “The Last Judgment” would greatly differ from that of the ceiling. Before Michelangelo could begin, there were many preparations to be made. A scaffold had to be built and the wall had to be prepared. Five paintings by Perugino and Michelangelo had to be
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