[MR] Wikipedia: Sistine Chapel Ceiling

Garth Groff and Sally Sanford mallardlodge1000 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 1 01:16:56 PDT 2018

Noble Friends,

On this date in 1512 Michelangelo's ceiling paintings in the Sistine Chapel
were shown to the public for the first time:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sistine_Chapel .

The artist began the project in 1508, and spent the next four years working
on what is undoubtedly his major masterpiece. Ever since then, the public
has been marveling at the paintings. Michelangelo designed his own
scaffolding to reach the ceiling. Contrary to what we saw on film, he
didn't lay on his back, but actually painted standing upright. Imagine the
crook in his neck after four years.

The images from the Wikipedia page are nice, but you can take a virtual
tour of the chapel at
http://www.vatican.va/various/cappelle/index_sistina_en.htm .

It took Michelangelo four years to complete the ceiling. It has been
pointed out that he could have done it in two weeks with a roller. [Ducking
for cover.]

Yours Aye,

Mungo Napier, Laird of Mallard Lodge  🦆

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