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Michelangelos Sistine Chapel During the Renaissance period there were many great artistic achievements that were incredible Michelangelo Buonarroti was one of the most famous personalities from this era He was an accomplished artist sculptor architect and poet who created many astounding works Some of his great accomplishments were his sculptures of David and the Pieta He is probably most remembered for painting the ceiling at the Sistine Chapel in Rome It has been called the most incredible achievement in the Western World Michelangelo began this endeavor in the fall of 1508 to 1512 during this time he painted some of the finest pictorial images of all time Pope Sixtus IV of the della Revere family is known throughout history as a great scholar who spurred humanistic and religious learning during his reign One of his greatest achievements was the decision to build a new papal Chapel that was as strong as a fortress It was named the Sistine Chapel and it became the capital of Western Christendom It was damaged in 1504 when a collapse in its structure caused a large crack to appear in the ceiling Pope Julius II Sixtus nephew succeeded him in 1503 he decided that the most important Chapel in Christendom must be renovated He wanted to replace the existing ceiling which was a galaxy of silver stars on a blue ceiling Julius decided that Michelangelo would be the one that would repaint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel In April 1508 Julius II summoned Michelangelo back to Rome he thought the Pope was summoning him to tell him to continue with the statue for Juliuss tomb The Pope didnt want to talk about the project he had a new one in mind for Michelangelo a huge fresco painting for the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel Michelangelo didnt want the project because he knew it was an impossible task and one that would require him to forgo his
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