Past in Perspective

2017-10-31T23:41:21+05:00

The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.

–Michelangelo

On this day in 1512, the famous Italian painter Michelangelo finished painting the Sistine Chapel. The chapel is thought to be the corner stone of art during the Renaissance. It took four years to paint the 40.9 meters long and 14.6 meters wide ceiling. The paintings invoke scenes from the Bible and are famous for their detail and life-like quality. The most famous paintings include the creation of Adam and Eve. Legends have it that Michelangelo painted the ceiling while standing. This is an incredibly uncomfortable position but the iconic results are a testament of Michelangelo’s hard work.

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