Art History Michelangelo Bouarroti's

Topics: Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel, Leonardo da Vinci Pages: 4 (1460 words) Published: January 31, 2013
Out of all the paintings we could choose from, I have decided to write about Michelangelo Bounarroti’s Guidizio Universale. It caught my eye because I have read a lot about The Last Judgment and how it would look like when it happens. Another part of the painting that caught my eye is how the people and other objects are falling and are afloat in mid sky blue air. The painting is representational for the fact that it is representing the human kind from the dammed and the saved. In the center of the drawing is a man, he is representing the figure of Christ as a judge, and deciding the destiny of the “human race.” Christ is holding his arms with different gestures. One arm is rising above, and is representing those that are saved and are in heaven. The other arm’s gesture is adjacent to the surface below, and therefore representing the large part of the human kind below and pushing the humanity downward to hell towards Charon and Minos. Throughout the painting some are saved by the demands of Christ and ascended to heaven. Also in the bottom center of the painting are Angels blowing trumpets in which symbolize that Christ is being announced of his upon presence, judgment and supremacy. One saint is holding a book of the names of the ones destines to be dammed in hell, and another saint is holding a smaller book with the list of the ones recovering to heaven. To the bottom left of Christ is St. Barholomew who is holding a knife and on his left hand holds flayed skin of what appears to be Michelangelo self portrait, this being said is a metaphor of the painter’s tortured soul of his sins. Michelangelo concealed nudity by covering St Bartholow genitals with a “line cloth as a response to Counter-Reformation.” To the right of Christ is St John the Baptist who was the messenger of Christ. To the left of God is St. Peter who holds the key to heaven “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven…” To the bottom left corner of the panting we can see a demon on the...
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