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Michelangelo's Last Judgment


Christ Within the Last Judgment
The powerful Christ of Michelangelo's Last Judgment (fresco 48 x 44 feet) can be seen in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican.
The powerful Christ of Michelangelo's Last Judgment (fresco 48 x 44 feet) can be seen in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican.

In Michelangelo's Last Judgment (1536-41), a figure of broad, powerful proportions, Christ appears in a radiant glow of divine light. Positioned in the section of the fresco best lit by the Chapel's windows, Christ is seen in a rare bare-legged portrayal, wearing only a mantle across his loins in a manner that reveals the wounds of his crucifixion and that echoes images of his resurrection.

Go to the next page to explore the figure sitting by Christ's left foot, St. Bartholomew.

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