Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Italy Rome-Vatican City

Spending most of the morning at The Vatican City. St. Peter's Square is a wonder to see, and St. Peter's Basilica is just fascinating. Again, I am wordless.
The line to get into the Vatican had wait times more than one hour, but I still think it is worth to wait even stand in such a windy cold place. The art was overwhelming. I took more than 200 pictures, but most of them come out in bad result. One of themes was painting on the ceiling. The ceiling was flat, but the artists such as Michaelangelo painted the ceiling to look curved. Can you tell in the picture below?

Our tour guide spent about 30 minutes explaining the Sistine chapel during the visit. Michaelangelo spent 2 years of his life examining cadavers. He was a Bible and classical literature expert. He could recite whole passages of scripture. Michaelangelo spent 10 years of his life painting the Sistine Chapel and had permanent eye damage. Michaelangelo had the honour of painting the Bible. I am so impressed with his passion to arts and God. Without the passion there is no Sistine chapel today. My eyes began to mist. It was as if the Holy Spirit was painted into the ceiling. I did not take any pictures of Michaelangelo's art work.
About Sistine Chapel
The Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, is one of the most renowned artworks of the High Renaissance. The ceiling is that of the large Sistine Chapel built within the Vatican by Pope Sixtus IV, begun in 1477 and finished by 1480.
Its various painted elements comprise part of a larger scheme of decoration within the Sistine Chapel which includes the large fresco of The Last Judgment on the sanctuary wall, also by Michelangelo, wall paintings by several other artists and a set of large tapestries by Raphael, the whole illustrating much of the doctrine of the Catholic Church.
Central to the ceiling decoration are nine scenes from the Book of Genesis of which the Creation of Adam is the best known, having an iconic standing equalled only by Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the hands of God and Adam being reproduced in countless imitations.

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