The Last Judgment Fragment, Michelangelo Buonarroti

Height about fourteen m A lot of people, their complex poses and desperate gestures, compositional clusters of characters that alternate with empty spaces – all this creates the feeling of nerve impulses running through a huge mural. A comparison of this composition with the painting of the ceiling shows how the art of the master has changed: from classically clear, although intense, it came to dramatic, expressive. The Last Judgment bears the features of the baroque that originated in the late art of Michelangelo, whose artists will create wall compositions with a mass of characters, forming something like knots, flows, complex plexuses.

Description of the picture:

The Last Judgment Fragment – Michelangelo Buonarroti. 1535-1541. Fresco.
Here, for the first time after the Proto-Renaissance, the theme of the Last Judgment, which was also embodied on a huge scale, was in demand. This indicated that times have changed again. The era of an still unknown art has come – the New Age, which will appeal to a person as he is, not to spare him and sometimes have a very difficult conversation with him.

The naked bodies on the fresco were perceived as not corresponding to religious art, and in one thousand five hundred and sixty-four they decided to cover them with draperies, which they instructed to make Daniele da Volterra. At the end of the XVI century Clement VIII generally wanted to destroy the work of Michelangelo, but the artists of the Roman Academy of St. Luke convinced him not to do this.