Episode 171 – Rome: Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel Ceiling Part VI
February 6, 2024

The prophets and sibyls that flank the main scenes of the Sistine Chapel ceiling are some of Michelangelo’s most impressive figures. Their dramatic poses, expressive, vibrant colors and powerful forms are both inspirational and frightening. Below and between them, Michelangelo filled the spandrels and lunettes with human caricatures, almost as if he were entertaining himself with the often comic and strange figures. This podcast examines these lesser discussed parts of the Sistine Chapel ceiling paintings, as well as the decade-long-controversial restoration of the ceiling.

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