Scary court. Fragment, Michelangelo Buonarroti

Scary court. Fragment, Michelangelo Buonarroti
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  • Posted by Michelangelo Buonarroti
  • Museum: Sistine Chapel
  • Year: 1535-1541

Overview of the painting :

Scary court. Fragment – Michelangelo Buonarroti. 1535-1541. Fresco. Height about 14 m

   Many people, their complex poses and desperate gestures, compositional clots of characters that alternate with empty spaces – all this creates a feeling of nerve impulses running through a huge fresco. A comparison of this composition with the painting of the plafon shows how the art of the master has changed: from a classicly clear, albeit tense, it has come to a dramatic, expressive one. The “Past Judgment” bears the features of the baroque, which originated in the late art of Michelangelo, whose artists will create wall compositions with a mass of characters forming something like knots, streams, complex gossip. Here, for the first time after the Prothorenssance, the theme of the Last Judgment, embodied also on a huge scale, was in demand. This indicated that times had changed again. There was an era of still unknown art – the New Time, which will appeal to the person he is, not to spare him and sometimes have a very difficult conversation with him.

   Naked bodies on the fresco were perceived as not corresponding to religious art, and in 1564 they were decided to cover them with draperies, which was entrusted to Daniela da Voltaire. At the end of the 16th century, Clement VIII generally wanted to destroy Michelangelical work, but the artists of the Roman Academy of St. Luke convinced him not to do this.