We the Italians March 21, 2016 - 77 - Page 33

st # 77 MARCH 21 , 2016 Michelangelo was accused of pornography for painting many nude men and women right in the most visible spot in the chapel. Such dispute lasted 20 years, during which complains had been made by church functionaries, such as Biagio da Cesena, whom was painted by Michelangelo as a semi-god of the underworld, with donkey ears and a snake biting him in the crotch. After Michelangelo died, the Vatican ordered loincloths painted over the genitalia of the Last Judgment characters. During the 20th-century restoration, many had to be stripped away, revealing that one of the figures was actually a woman. Michelangelo Buonarroti, detail from The Last Judgment showing Biagio da Cesena, 1536-1541. Altar wall of the Sistine Chapel. WE THE ITALIANS | 33 www.wetheitalians.com