Elisha Curtiss
Humanities 101
Collin Hughes
February 25, 2009
Michelangelo ‘The Last Judgment’
Have you ever taken the opportunity to take a good look at Michelangelo’s famous painting, ‘The Last Judgment’? If you are like me, you might look at a painting but not pay attention to the details within the painting. Michelangelo when painting ‘The Last Judgment’ incorporated many artistic covert messages. Some of the paintings had an explanation of why Michelangelo chose to incorporate it into the painting where others there was no explanation given.
Michelangelo was famous for many of his sculptures and was becoming well known everywhere by the early 1500’s. In fact it is said that there was two well known artists, Raphael and Danoto Bramante, were afraid of Michelangelo’s success. They were so afraid of his achievements they persuaded Pope Julius to have Michelangelo paint the inside of the Sistine Chapel in hopes that he would fail and his reputation would be ruined in doing so. (Eye witness to history) Michelangelo at first refused to do the paintings within the Sistine Chapel because he was fond of making sculptures but Pope Julius finally convinced him to do the paintings. (Eye witness to history)   Michelangelo started the paintings within the Sistine Chapel in 1508 and finished in four years in 1512. In 1534 Pope Clement VII asked Michelangelo to paint ‘The Last Judgment’, but died before it was finished and Pope Paul III Farnese forced for the project to be completed quickly, it was completed in 1941.   Michelangelo painted ‘The Last Judgment’ to depict the last coming of Christ and the apocalypse.
The area within the painting I found intriguing is what is said to be St. Bartholomew holding the skin of Michelangelo. The painting shows a man holding the skin of another man in his left hand and a knife in his right hand. The man and the men around him are looking the opposite direction of the skin looking towards Jesus and Mary within the center of the...