Signorelli’s “Last Judgement” (Frescoes in Orvieto Cathedral)

Located in the San Brizio Chapel in Orvieto Cathedral, Luca Signorelli’s “Last Judgment” was painted between 1499 and 1504. Signorelli’s frescoes represent the first monumental celebration of the nude form of the Italian Renaissance. Angels and demons are engaged in a dramatic struggle for the souls of the saved and the damned, which are embodied in idealized male and female nudes. Signorelli’s beautiful figures left an indelible impression on Michelangelo, who, only a few years later, would produce his own triumph of the nude in the frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and then again decades later in his own “Last Judgment.” Buona visione!


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