The Sistine Chapel

Thousands of tourists visit Rome each year just to look up at a ceiling.
What draws their attention is the magnificent work of the Renaissance artist Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.

Each fresco is a scene from the Bible. The work of earlier artists cover the walls of the chapel: one depicting the life of Christ, the other the life of Moses. Michelangelo painted nine scenes running the entire length of the chapel. The ceiling begins with creation from the book of Genesis and continues with the story of Noah.

Michelangelo also included the biblical prophets and ancestors of Jesus. His painting of “The Last Judgment,” on the altar wall of the chapel, completed the Old and New Testament visualized in Michelangelo’s work! Engage with the Bible—in every sphere of its influence over the centuries!

Share

More Book Minute Features

September 21, 2020

Septembertestament

Martin Luther is best known for the 95 Theses written in 1517. But did you know he was the first to translate the Bible into an easy-to-read, everyday...
September 14, 2020

Zion National Park

Zion National Park is Utah’s first National Park. The official park tour guide explains how Zion Canyon got its name from the Bible, specifically Isai...
September 07, 2020

Ostrog Bible

Church Slavonic is the conservative Slavic liturgical language used by the Orthodox Church in Eastern European countries including Bulgaria, Russia, S...