Sayonara, Michelangelo: The Sistine Chapel Restored and Repackaged

Sayonara, Michelangelo: The Sistine Chapel Restored and Repackaged

Sayonara, Michelangelo: The Sistine Chapel Restored and Repackaged

Sayonara, Michelangelo: The Sistine Chapel Restored and Repackaged

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Michelangelo was thirty-three when he began his involvement with the Sistine Chapel. He was sixty-six when he ended it. Those are the kinds of figures that can make an observer superstitious. There has been much fanciful speculation about why the Sistine ceiling was painted. There has been much fanciful speculation about almost everything connected with Michelangelo. He is an artist who long ago achieved the large but indistinct outline of a mythological hero. "God! What a man! What beauty!" gasped Delacroix in his Journal of 1824. Sir Joshua Reynolds in his retirement speech as president of the Royal Academy in London insisted: "I should desire that the last words which I should pronounce in this . . .

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