1512: Sistine Chapel Ceiling Opens to Public


The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, one of Italian artist Michelangelo’s finest works, was exhibited to the public for the first time on this day in 1512. Michelangelo’s epic ceiling frescoes, which took several years to complete, are among his most memorable works. Central in a complex system of decoration featuring numerous figures are nine panels devoted to biblical world history.

The most famous of these is The Creation of Adam, a painting in which the arms of God and Adam are stretching toward each other. In 1512Michelangelo completed the work. He worked until his death in 1564 at the age of 88. In addition to his major artistic works, he produced numerous other sculptures, frescoes, architectural designs, and drawings, many of which are unfinished and some of which are lost. In his lifetime, he was celebrated as Europe’s greatest living artist, and today he is held up as one of the greatest artists of all time.

Age 88 – he was still working. He worked until God said to stop. I love that. There are 100,000 words in the Bible. “Retirement” is not among them.


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