The Sistine Chapel --- Michaelangelo (3)





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Michelangelo was immediately accused by the new religious conservatives of turning the Sistine Chapel into a "brothel". Bigots called for his nudes in the Pope's chapel to be emasculated by painting draperies over their loins. Michelangelo was too eminent for his art to be damaged in such a crude way during his lifetime. But as soon as he died in 1564, one of his pupils was ordered to daub draperies over the Last Judgment's array of genitals and buttocks. Many of these prissy curbings of Michelangelo are still there. When the painting was restored between 1980 and 1994 it was a chance to remove the additions and reveal the full glory of the resurrected flesh.

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