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Houston, Kerr. 2013. The Sistine Chapel Chancel Screen As Metaphor. Notes In The History Of Art 32 (3) : 21–27. 7 pp.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
English

Abstract

The article revisits the interpretation of the Last Judgement by Michael Angelo. It analyses the light symbolism and the importance of the central figures in the composition of the fresco. It stresses that the meaning of the painting changes depending on the context of interpretation. The context here is understood both as the presence of other paintings in the Sistine chapel, but also music and ritual. An attempt is made to explain some of the more debated characteristics of this work of art.