Monday, November 1, 2010

This Week in History: 11/1/2010


Sistine Chapel ceiling opens to public

On November 1, 1512, the Sistine Chapel ceiling was opened to the public. The Italian artist Michelangelo Buonarroti is remembered as one of the greatest masters of the Italian Renaissance. Grew up in the city of Florence, Michelangelo was truly a Renaissance man who excelled in painting, sculpting, literature, and architecture. In 1508, Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Julius II to paint one of the most celebrated artworks of the Renaissance: the visual dialogue featuring the biblical world history upon the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. He completed the project in 1512.

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