Entry #7 - Frescos

The Sistine Chapel is the residence of the Pope, and is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. The inside is completely covered in beautiful frescos painted by many prolific artists of the Renaissance, the largest part of which being by Michelangelo. For him, however, the task of painting the Sistine Chapel was more of a distraction. Michelangelo felt that he was more of a sculpter than a painter, and that this was a trap laid by his enemies, to take advantage of his failure. Still determined to make the best out of a bad situation, he labored on. The ceiling was particularly difficult to reach: at first he enlisted an architect to build him a scafolding, but it was suspended from the ceiling by sticking it into the ceiling, which would block him from painting those spots. Michelangelo then had to make his own scafolding, which was tall enough for him to stand on while he painted. Still, however, his hard work paid off, and now the Sistine Chapel is one of the most important artistic works in history, and many of his paintings are known throughout the world. In total, Michelangelo worked for ten years in the Chapel. Four on the ceiling, and another six on the Last Judgement painting.

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