ROMA Cappella Sistina

The Sistine Chapel

The Chapel was begun on the orders of Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere in the late 15th century.
The hall is rectangular, illuminated by six large windows and covered by a shallow barrel vault.
It was the same Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere to invite a group of extraordinary painters to create a
cycle of frescoes on the walls.
Among the artists involved, working under the direction of Perugino, were
Sandro Botticelli and Luca Signorelli, who left their indelible mark on the walls.
Pope Julius II della Rovere entrusted the frescoing of the ceiling to Michelangelo Buonarroti. Between 1508 and 1512 the Florentine artist painted the vault with the series of Sibyls and Prophets, the Progenitors and Stories from the Book of Genesis.
To paint it, the brilliant, versatile Florentine artist had to lie on his back, which later caused deformations of his spinal column and vision problems.
The story of the stormy relationship between Julius II and Michelangelo is told in the book “The Agony and Ecstasy” written by Irving Stone, from which the film of the same name starring Charlton Heston was drawn.
The realization of the “
Last Judgment” came much later. It was Pope Clement VII who called Michelangelo again for the decoration of the back wall of the Chapel in 1533.
The artist began this work during the pontificate of
Paul III, in 1536, and finished in 1541.
The Sistine Chapel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has inspired many passions and stories. It is spoken of in the film “Good Will Hunting,” where a psychologist (played by Robin Williams) talks about the colour of the air you breathe in the Sistine Chapel, when you are struck by a silence that speaks.
admission ticket to the Vatican Museums is valid for visiting the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel.
The ticket is valid for one day. The
Vatican Museums are closed on Sunday, except for the last Sunday of each month (when admission is free, but single tickets or guided tours cannot be booked).
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