Sistine Chapel Ceiling
The Vatican Museum
The Sistine Chapel ceiling was painted by Michelangelo between 1508
and 1512. It is considered to be one of the most renowned artworks
of the High Renaissance. The
ceiling is that of the large Sistine Chapel built
by Pope Sixtus IV.
to the ceiling decoration are nine scenes from the Book of Genesis
of which the Creation of Adam is the best known. It has an iconic standing
equalled only by Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. The hands of God and
Adam have been reproduced in countless imitations.
painted elements comprise part of a larger scheme of decoration within
the Sistine Chapel.The
large fresco of the Last Judgement on the sanctuary wall is by Michelangelo.
Wall paintings by several
other artists represent scenes of prophets and saints from the
Bible. A set of large tapestries by Raphael illustrates