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Michelangelo was one of the greatest artists of all time He excelled in architecture sculpture painting poetry and engineering He was a true Renaissance man who lived a long emotional life In painting The Last Judgment Michelangelo was able to incorporate all that he had learned about the human body He was able to show the way the body moved as well as its displays of unrestrained passion overwhelming grief or endless torment This is what makes The Last Judgment such a unique and exceptional work of art In the spring of 1534 Michelangelo received a commission from Clement VII to paint The Last Judgment on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel He was also commissioned at this time to paint a Fall of the Angels on the entrance wall but this second work was never executed He had painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel some twenty eight years prior but the style of his The Last Judgment would greatly differ from that of the ceiling Before Michelangelo could begin there were many preparations to be made A scaffold had to be built and the wall had to be prepared Five paintings by Perugino and Michelangelo had to be removed Two windows had to be walled up and Michelangelo ordered it to be inclined forward by about half an ell toward the top hoping in this fashion to protect his work against the accumulation of dust Brandes 388 Sebastiano del Piombo had persuaded the pope that the painting would look best in oil and the wall was therefore prepared to receive oil pigments This delayed the beginning of the work since Michelangelo declared oil-painting to be an effeminate art and insisted on painting al fresco as he had done with the ceiling The wall had to be done over and Michelangelo never spoke to Sebastiano who had once been a student of Michelangelo Brandes 389 There were many previous depictions of the Last
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