Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Sistine Chapel (Historical)

 Io benvenuto voi al mio blog, amici. (nell'italiano) :)

Ever seen something that wasn't quite a picture or quite a video, but a mixture of both at the same time? Why dontcha check the link below. For me? Please? :( Go. DO IT.

Pretty cool, huh? I thought it was like a version of minecraft with better graphics. Also, you know all those stupid memes that have the greek looking God in them always pointing to something, or connecting his index finger with that of a man? :) Yeah. That's from the sistine chapel. Note for MRS.STAMPER (got your attention, didn't it? :P ) : The paragraph explaining the principles and elements of art is below the next paragraph.

 Oh what to say about the sistine chapel... If you know your history, you'll know it's one of the world's most renowned pieces of artwork from the renaissance era, even to this day. But it qualifies as so much more than just artwork. Yes, it is a true masterpiece devoted to the roman catholic religion, the pope, and tells the story of the book of genesis from the creation, to the fall of Jesus Christ... But, inadvertently has became a major symbol of the religion itself. Who painted this astronomic masterpiece? A famous and highly-qualified artist who specialized in painting, right? WRONG BRO. An artist named "Michelangelo" actually commissioned this artwork. Michelangelo had actually never painted since he had been a student of art, and when he was hired to paint this, he had already spent years.. Most of his life.. Perfecting his forte as a sculptor. Why did he have to paint this then? Why didn't he say no? Simple. The pope asked him to, and if you disobeyed the pope in this era, YOU DEAD. Anywho, ONWARD TO EXPLAINING THE ARTISTIC SIDE OF IT!

Of course, more professional artists than I ever will be have done entire studies of this artwork and have their definition of the "right" way to describe it. But, it is my personal belief that artwork wouldn't be artwork if we all didn't have different perceptions of a piece. You will notice that Michelangelo seemed to have kept his values relatively the same throughout the entire piece. Some artists have trouble doing that with a simple canvas painting, much less an entire ceiling! This smooth flowing of the light and dark, along with moving some scenes over onto another section (or properly called, frescos) creates such a stark case of rhythm between the different scenes, it just completely amazes me. This also leads me to my next point. I know this piece is not actually symmetrical, rather, asymmetrical, but Michelangelo does something astounding with his piece that I can't really explain. When I look at the commission (piece) from a distance away, I feel a sense of implied symmetry, or a better term, balance. If you cut the building in half, you will notice similarities between both sides of the piece that make the whole piece flow together, even though each fresco has a different scene. Follow me? Cool. :) Lastly, let us not forget the proportion he was painting on. HE PAINTED ON THE CEILING OF A ROMAN CHAPEL. Case and point, it was huge.

While Michelanglo's sculptures and other pieces of artwork were very professional, I believe he will forever go down in history as the man who created the astonishing sistine chapel scene. He was a great artist, and very representative of the renaissance. Also, did you know that there is almost an undisputed belief that Michelangelo wasn't attracted to women? Score one for us. ;) Go read about it! 

"Andare avanti e rendere prospero... Come un artista." - Me. :) 


  1. Can you imaging the back-breaking effort it took to paint that entire ceiling?
    Art over chicks any day, obviously.

  2. Unfortunately that mindset is ever so popular in college too. (art over chicks) I remember reading once that Michelangelo tried to refuse and that he loathed the painting - trying several times to quit once it was started but that (as Clayton stated) you don't tell the pope no. Awesome site Clayton! Thanks for sharing the link.