Canal March

St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. A plural monument

Fernando Marías

The architectural and pictorial high point of the Quattrocento, the Cappella Magna of the Pope’s private palace in the Vatican, was built by the architect Giovannino de’ Dolci at the request of Pope Sixtus IV (after whom it was named). The Professor of Art History Fernando Marías presents an interpretative and historical journey through this “plural and dynamic monument”, establishing references to Antiquity and comparing it to the Constantine basilica of St. Peter’s at the Vatican and the rest of the papal palace complex. The Sistine Chapel houses frescoes of Pontiffs and scenes from the Old and New Testaments by Pietro Perugino, Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Cosimo Rosselli, as well as other artists from their workshops and collaborators, while the vault and wall capped off with scenes from the Book of Genesis and the Last Judgement painted by Michelangelo.

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