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!

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