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The Sistine Chapel
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Culture, Traditions, Folklore
Culture, Traditions, Folklore

The Sistine Chapel is the church construction, which is located on the territory of the Vatican. It seems like the ordinary one, but inside it has the unique masterpieces of the world art of the Renaissance Epoque.

The Sistine Chapel was built in the Vatican in the 15th century by the order of Pope Sixtus IV. The place of the building was chosen intentionally – earlier there was located the Great Chapel, where the conclaves (elections) of the Catholic clergy regularly took place.

The Sistine Chapel inside is a huge square hall with an oval arch. The most precious item of the Sistine Chapel is the incredibly beautiful wall painting. Initially, such painters as Botticelli, Pinturicchio and Rosselli worked on the decoration. Later, in 1508, the famous artist Michelangelo Buonarotti joined them. It is interesting that he was an architect and that was his first experience in making frescos. 

The new workplace was not his only problem. For example, he should climb to the very ceiling and not interrupt the divine service. He invented the “flying scaffold”. Owing to this unique construction, Michelangelo and his assistants could get to the dome without disturbing the clergy.

By the way, some historians consider that Buonarotti worked in a lying position, but it is not true.  He painted the chapel standing. It was very difficult, and, of course, affected the health of the painter.

Michelangelo had one more problem: the raw plaster, where the artist put the paints, was covered with the fungus.  To avoid this, Michelangelo used the special mix for the soaking, resistant to the humid air.

Despite all the difficulties, the artist finished this hard work. Michelangelo made it for 4 years. The frescos depict 9 scenes from the book of Genesis. There you can see the "Separation of light from the darkness", "The Sacrifice of Noah", "The Creation of Adam", "The Fall", "Expulsion from Paradise."

Though this large number of frescos could make the chapel too much decorated, this did not happen because Michelangelo divided the large ceiling into 47 parts and placed each biblical scene in the special frame.

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