Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel Michelangelo High Renaissance 1512 133′x 46′ Gold, Plaster Michelangelo tells the story of The Creation of the Heavens and Earth. This is followed by The Creation of Adam and Eve, the Expulsion from the Garden of Eden, and finally the story of Noah and the Great Flood. The chapel went through controversial cleaning, and it brought out the true colors of Michelangelo's artwork.
Michelangelo's Artwork in The Sistine Chapel Pope Julius II was adamant for Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of this chapel. He did not have much desire to paint it, but in 1508, Julius finally summoned Michelangelo and forced him to paint the ceiling. Michaelangelo had no choice but go along with it and signed the contract in May 10, 1508. Michelangelo demanded to be allowed to paint it as he liked, and was allowed to. There are 343 figures total in the artwork.