Saturday, 13 February 2016

The Sistine Chapel

Hello everyone,

Yet another piece of homework, but I think you will find this interesting.

Richard Mills

The Sistine chapel is mostly famed by its decorated interior and ceiling artworks by Michelangelo and The Last Judgment by Michelangelo. The Sistine chapel is located in the Vatican City, in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope. The chapel is now the location of the Papal Conclave, the name of the process where the Pope is elected.

The Sistine chapel was renovated from 1477 to 1480 by Pope Sixtus IV and is known as the Capella Magna.
After a team of painters from the Renaissance era, including Pietro Perugino, Cosimo Roselli and Sandro Botticelli, had completed artworks depicting the Life of Moses and Christ in 1482, the Pope held the first mass in the Sistine Chapel for the Feast of Assumption.

The Feast of Assumption is all about the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ and her assumption or transportation of her body into heaven after her life on earth was over.

Michelangelo later painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling under the support of Pope Julius II. This was completed in 1512, after being started four years earlier in 1508.
In 1535, Michelangelo returned to the Sistine Chapel where he painted The Last Judgment under the support of Pope Clement VII and Pope Paul III. This artwork was completed in 1541, six years after the starting date.

While the most known role of the Sistine Chapel was the location of the Papal Conclave, it is also the chapel of the Papal chapel. The Papal chapel is one of two bodies in the Papal household. The Papal household’s two bodies are the Papal Chapel, the one that uses that Sistine Chapel, and the Papal Family. The Papal Chapel helps the Pope in his role as the spiritual leader of the church and the Papal Family helps him in his role as the head of a juridical body.

In the 15th century, the Papal Chapel consisted of around 200 people which included officials of the Vatican, who owns all the churches in Rome, and clerics. During the year, there were 50 events, mainly masses, where all 200 people were ordained to attend.


Richard Mills