Hello world! One of most important work of Michelangelo was the task to paint the ceiling of Sistine Chapel, commissioned to him by Pope Julius II in 1508 when Michelangelo was 33 years old. It took him 4 years, so he finished at 37 years old.
Now from some Christians Religious debates from what I’ve read some say that Jesus was crucified at 33 years old, some others say that was actually at 37 years old.. however we might never know.. but for me this is a very interesting coincidence.
Michelangelo was also a very good friend with Leonardo da Vinci, I wonder also if Michelangelo put hidden messages in his art work, in 4 years he had time to think about that.
So who was Michelangelo Buonarroti?
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), commonly known as Michelangelo (Italian pronunciation: [mikeˈlandʒelo]), was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer of the High Renaissance who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Despite making few forays beyond the arts, his versatility in the disciplines he took up was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with his fellow Italian Leonardo da Vinci.
Michelangelo was considered the greatest living artist in his lifetime, and ever since then he has been held to be one of the greatest artists of all time. A number of his works in painting, sculpture, and architecture rank among the most famous in existence. His output in every field during his long life was prodigious; when the sheer volume of correspondence, sketches, and reminiscences that survive is also taken into account, he is the best-documented artist of the 16th century.
An astonishing fact, at-least from my point of view, is that many of the scenes contain what we call today soft pornography, I wonder if I would be commissioned today to paint a Church and I start to paint a lot of naked people with visible intimate parts, would I be called a heretic or an artist? What if I will go naked inside a church and tell them that Adam and Eve were naked in the Garden of Eden, would they call the Police or maybe the Ambulance? Dunno.. I won’t do it anyway..
In some way people from 500+ years ago were more open minded in relation with nudity in comparison with modern society, in current days it seems that many intellectuals forget that we all come and go naked..
I also wonder if some parents will visit Sistine Chapel with their kids.. what they will do, will cover their kids eyes? Or explain… again hard to say
Why Michelangelo was selected at 33 years old? Merely coincidence or something more?
Thank you Michelangelo.
Best regards, John