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Michelangelo’s Three Frescoes In The Sistine Chapel Art History Essay

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Michelangelo’s three frescoes in the Sistine Chapel
I always hope I want to go Vatican City because when I was young, I was a huge fan of Da Vinci Code which is novel about Vatican City. One of the places I want to go is Sistine Chapel where plays an important role in Italian Renaissance art history. This is the reason I choose my topic for Michelangelo's frescoes. I have picked 3 frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and I will figure out how they are similar and what features do they have.
The frescoes I picked are ‘The Creation of the Adam', ‘The Creation of the Sun, Moon and Vegetation, and ‘The Separation of Light from Darkness' These are all frescoes because fresco painting was a prominent use of the Renaissance period. The frescoes on the ceilings are very lightly lit and the bright and painted with vivid color unlike before. Those 3 three works are an illustration of the Biblical creation narrative from the Book of Genesis. The most popular painting is absolutely The Creation of Adam that is the symbolic highpoint of a high Renaissance painting. In this painting, two figures dominate the scene: Adam is on the left and God is on the right. Michelangelo made a scene of God giving a life to Adam with human figure unlike any that had been made before. In many paintings before, God and Adam are placed on the ground. The God is shown inside of the floating the shroud form surrounding by angels who strain almost struggling to carry the body of God, the weight of the world. Also, there are assumptions that Michelangelo concealed an image of the brain in the shroud surrounding God. God is not just being carried, God takes on some of the burden supporting himself with his left arm around of a woman, perhaps the earth, Eve is not created yet.
Adam is placed to the left, reclining on his right arm with his left arm outstretched and aloft, Adam is depicted as a figure responding to God's finger. He is naked and has the balanced body lying on the ground. A biographer and contemporary of Michelangelo, Vasari described of Adam "a figure whose beauty, pose, and contours are of such quality that he seems newly created by his supreme and first creator rather than by the brush and design of a mere mortal." Characteristic of the Renaissance period and Michelangelo's art, Adam is described with anatomical detail that had not been seen in the art for centuries.
If the scene of The Creation of Adam is calm, this scene of The Creation of the Sun, Moon and Vegetation is very intense. A fierce God is shown flying toward the sun, arm upraised and outstretched to both sides. Also, God appears twice in this painting. He is creating sun and moon on the right side, on the other side, he is flying toward plant he is making with a dynamic gesture. God on the right side moves impetuously toward us, while God on the left side looks further back from the viewer. This is because God is heading...

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