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Michelangelo and The Last Judgement

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Friday, August 27, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1J0109
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$30 - Member
$35 - Non-Member

"The Last Judgement" by Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel altar wall (detail)

More than two decades after completing the Sistine Chapel ceiling, a 61-year-old Michelangelo returned to fresco its altar wall with his gigantic work The Last Judgment. Covering nearly 1600 square feet of wall surface and containing more than 300 figures, the revolutionary painting took five years to complete and scandalized Rome, as many of its saints and angels were originally depicted in the nude. Rocky Ruggiero, a specialist in the Early Renaissance, examines the style, iconography, and history of The Last Judgment and the influence that it had on later artists. 

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

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*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.

This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.