The Prophet Daniel, Michelangelo Buonarroti – Description

Daniel was thrown into a moat with lions, but the wild animals did not touch him, so they freed the prophet. At the famous Balthasarov feast, he was able to read and explain the mysterious inscription on the wall that predicted the death of Babylon. On the fresco the prophet is depicted as a beautiful, golden-haired youth of a powerful physique. He sits on marble steps, on his lap he has a huge tome in leather binding with clasps that supports a charming puffy putti.

Daniel – a young man endowed with the gift of foresight and prophecy, a famous character in the Bible. During the Babylonian captivity of the Jews, he found himself at the court of King Nebuchadnezzar. Here he miraculously gets beauty and health when he uses poisoned food from the ruler’s table. The impressed king calls on Daniel to interpret his dreams, as a result of which he becomes the main interpreter at court.

Description of the picture:

Prophet Daniel – Michelangelo Buonarroti. 1508-1512. Fresco. This mural is part of the murals of the Sistine Chapel, which the artist performed over the course of several years. This is a huge job, given the size of the ceiling, the abundance of figures and decorative elements, as well as the height at which the artist had to work while lying on his back.

Daniel leaned to the side with the whole body, holding a book with one hand, and with the other writing something on a wooden music stand standing on the side. There are also writing accessories and a rolled up papyrus scroll. Behind the back of the prophet one more putti is visible in a cloak, draped over his head and shoulders.

Daniel’s clothes are multi-colored, but sustained in soft pastel colors with tints. The impressive folds are impressive, which perfectly emphasize the sculptural forms of the figure, making it voluminous, large-scale and very expressive. On the clothes of the prophet visible small gold clasps and even a spectacular fringe adorning the edges of his robes.
This mural, along with the rest of the chapel, is a true triumph of Michelangelo’s artistic genius.