Hey guys! Just an apology to start off with that I’ve not been more engaged with the blogging community. School and life in general has been crazy busy recently. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to catch up with your blogs soon though. So today’s post is going to be about the Michelangelo exhibit that Hull Minster hosted recently. Reproductions of the incredible paintings of Michelangelo that adorn the roof of the Sistine Chapel were free for visitors to view up close so they could truly appreciate their beauty and detail. It’s so crazy that we had something like this in Hull and I really enjoyed seeing the paintings in person. So in today’s post, I’m going to describe the exhibit in more detail and give my honest opinion of it.
All the paintings linked to different bible stories or significant people from the Bible. Prophets such as Joel, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Daniel were pictured along with sibyls which are prophetess’. Michelangelo had even considered how they might sit and the expressions on their faces based on the events of their stories in the bible. For example, the Prophet Jeremiah was burdened with delivering messages that he didn’t always want to, to the people of Israel and he suffered quite a lot so in the painting, he looks down with a hounded, melancholic expression on his face. The paintings are extremely detailed and portray genuine human emotions. Another interesting detail is that the statues on either side of the Prophets or sibyls are posing in a different way in each painting so Michelangelo had even considered little points like that.
The next set of paintings related to Jesus’s family tree. Jesus was descended from David, Boaz and Ruth and Abraham to name a few people and this is expressed through the paintings. These paintings appear between the prophets and sibyls in the Sistine Chapel to illustrate that Jesus Christ’s birth fulfilled his ancestors hopes for a saviour as well as the prophecies of the prophets and sibyls. In most of the family scenes in the paintings, the mothers are engaged and thoughtful whereas the fathers are exhausted or asleep, making the mothers the prominent figures. This could link to the idea that Mary was chosen to be the mother of Jesus whereas Joseph was like a stepfather since he wasn’t the biological father of him.
The final set of paintings were all inspired by the first chapters of Genesis when God created the world and the first humans and when Adam and Eve disobeyed him and ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The paintings reflected this story with incredible detail. The last painting was the biggest of them all and it pictured the Last Judgement with the contrasting places of Heaven and Hell. The bible details how Jesus will return to earth again and judge the living and the dead on their actions in this life. How they behaved in this life will determine where they spend the afterlife. Michelangelo did an incredible job of bringing this to life and it is definitely one of the most spectacular pieces in the collection of paintings.
Thank you for reading this post! Have you been to an art gallery recently? Let me know in the comments section! There’ll be another post out soon but until then bye for now!
Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull