Giudizio universale, Michelangelo. The Last Judgment is a canonical fresco by the Italian Renaissance master Michelangelo executed on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. The work took four years to complete and was done between 1536 and 1541. Michelangelo began working on it some twenty years after having finished the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
The Last Judgment Italian: Il Giudizio Universale Artist: Michelangelo Year: 1536–1541 Type: Fresco Location: Sistine Chapel, Vatican City. [Michelangelo originally painted the figures nude with genitalia, but two decades later artist Daniele da Volterra painted over the genitalia. Later restoration removed most of the so-called "Fig-leaf Campaign" coverings.]
The Sistine Chapel - It was Pope Paul III who asked Michelangelo to decorate the wall behind the altar with a fresco showing the Last Judgment: the moment when God judges man. Previously, in the 15th century, Pietro Perugino had decorated the wall with an altarpiece & 2 frescoes. They were related in subject matter to the side walls showing episodes from the lives of Moses & Jesus. Michelangelo's fresco was inaugurated in 1541 after 5 years of painting.
The Last Judgment: Michelangelo and the Death of the Renaissance
Architectural masterpieces like the Sistine chapel have the ability to leave us in awe in their presence. One way they do this by giving a sense of elevation through lifting the eyes up to view their design. Pictured, the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's fresco ' The Last Judgment ' at the Vatican.