We the Italians March 21, 2016 - 77 - Page 29

st # 77 MARCH 21 , 2016 read more about #Italian Art ITALIAN ART: Brief History of the Sistine Chapel By Giulia Carletti A long corridor to pass, then a magnificent spectacle. The Sistine Chapel is one of the most iconic buildings in the world, as well as a powerful work of art. The Chapel is 40.23 meters long, 13.40 meters wide, and 20.70 meters high (about 132 by 44 by 68 feet) and includes works by the most famous Renaissance artists, among which Michelangelo, who red it between 1477 and made it famous throu- 1480, on the site of the old papal chapel. Originally, it ghout the years. was built as a private chaThe decoration of the Cha- pel for a small group of pel was not an un-painful wealthy educated Chriproject to pursue. Place stian priests, and destined of quarrels, competitions, to important ceremonies commissions, and propa- and it was divided in two ganda, the Sistine Chapel by a marble transenna in takes its name from Pope order to separate the clerSixtus IV della Rovere gy from the faithful. (1471-1484), who resto- Luca Signorelli, Testament and Death of Moses, 1482; Sandro Botticelli, Punishment of Korah, Datan and Abiron, 1482. WE THE ITALIANS | 29 www.wetheitalians.com