The chapel is famous for its frescoes by Renaissance artists Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio and others. Under the patronage of Pope Julius II, Michelangelo painted the chapel ceiling between 1508 and 1512. Although Michelangelo resented the commission and had a tempestuous relationship with Julius, today his paintings on the Sistine’s ceiling are widely hailed as his crowning achievement in painting. (Michelangelo is also celebrated for his sculptures, especially the Pietà and David.)
While ideally it’s better to see the Sistine Chapel in person, this stunning virtual tour is almost as good. Besides, there are no crowds in the virtual tour! – not to mention you can’t see Michelangelo’s peerless artwork close up as you can in this tour. 😉
CLICK HERE for the virtual tour.
- Just put your cursor (arrow) on any spot of the Sistine Chapel.
- While keeping your finger pressed on the left side of your mouse, drag the arrow in the direction you want.
- To magnify, click the plus (+) icon in the lower left of your screen.
- To move away or reduce the size of the image, click the minus (-) icon.
The choir is thrown in free!
H/t my dear friend Bill.