The Sistine Chapel --- Michelangelo (2)







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As a famous, elderly genius, Michelangelo returned to the Sistine Chapel to paint The Last Judgment on its altar wall. But everything had changed. The Church was embarking on a religious renewal known as the Counter-Reformation, and was suddenly much more suspicious of nudity in art.

Michelangelo, on the other hand, still delighted in the male body and in fact had recently "come out"---let's stick with wildly archaic modern terms for 16th-century sex---in his love poems to Tommaso de' Cavalieri. So in his Last Judgment he painted male nudes whirling and soaring in a deep blue sky.

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