Michelangelo's Sistine splendor, story of a Renaissance icon #renaissanceart
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Michelangelo's Sistine splendor, story of a Renaissance icon #renaissanceart



The cupola of St. Peter’s Basilica (left), designed by Michelangelo, was uncompleted at his death. Next to it, the Sistine Chapel seems unremarkable—at least from the outside. Opposite, the impressive Sistine interior, looking toward the “Last Judgment.”

When awarded the commission to paint the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo was doubted by critics. Silencing them, his beautiful brushstrokes came to embody the peak of Renaissance art.

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