Plus, the other walls in the chapel are also painted and depict some of the popes and other Biblical scenes and are painted by different artists. This has made it so that the Sistine Chapel is considered also to be an art gallery besides being a church.
Sistine Chapel History
Then, the Pope asked for Rome to send in painters to paint the walls and between 1481 and 1481 the artists Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Cosimo Rosselli and the Perugian Pietro Perugino responded and came in to paint the frescoes on the walls.
History of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling Paintings
It actually took Michelangelo four years to finish his paintings and it is said to have been so consuming that it destroyed the artist’s eyesight. The ceiling is so detailed that it has depictions of over 300 different figures. He also had to return in 1535 and was ordered to paint “The Last Judgment” on the wall of the altar, which took another six years to complete.
Besides these famous paintings, the Sistine Chapel has many tapestries along the side walls and these have depictions of Bible events from the Act and Gospels. They were made between 1515 and 1519 by the artist Raphael and then were sent to be woven in Brussels.
Modern Sistine Chapel History
Some people think the restoration hurt some of the old paints, while others say it saved the masterpieces from ruin. It’s up to future generations to decide, as it still attracts many tourists on Italy trips to come and see it every year.
All in all, the Sistine Chapel is seen as a magnificent example of artistic beauty and religious voice and many people come to see it in its glory every year on Italy trips.