Frescoes in the triangular spandrels (Ancestors of Christ)
by Michelangelo

Occupying the triangular fields between the thrones of the prophets and sibyls, above the lunettes, the eight spandrels of the side walls contain family groups with figures seated or reclining on the bare ground, in poses that seem to draw on the theme of the flight into Egypt. Together with the groups or single figures in the lunettes on either side of the tablets, they represent the generations of Christ's ancestors. Due to the lack of typological elements or precise attributions and, in most cases, of iconographic precedents, it is difficult; if not impossible, to identify the figures represented.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
Ancestors of Christ: figures
1509
Fresco, 245 x 340 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

831*1100
True Color
181 Kb



Ancestors of Christ: figures
1509
Fresco, 245 x 340 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

987*930
True Color
129 Kb



Ancestors of Christ: figures
1509
Fresco, 245 x 340 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

835*1100
True Color
187 Kb



Ancestors of Christ: figures
1509
Fresco, 245 x 340 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

988*910
True Color
114 Kb



Ancestors of Christ: figures
1510
Fresco, 245 x 340 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

985*910
True Color
159 Kb



Ancestors of Christ: figures (detail)
1510
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

865*1040
True Color
139 Kb



Ancestors of Christ: figures
1510
Fresco, 245 x 340 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

822*1080
True Color
176 Kb



Ancestors of Christ: figures
1510
Fresco, 245 x 340 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

825*1100
True Color
117 Kb



Ancestors of Christ: figures
1511
Fresco, 245 x 340 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

884*1024
True Color
154 Kb



Ancestors of Christ: figures (detail)
1511
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

806*1100
True Color
123 Kb



Ancestors of Christ: figures
1511
Fresco, 240 x 340 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

927*980
True Color
167 Kb



Ancestors of Christ: figures
1511
Fresco, 245 x 340 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

822*1070
True Color
153 Kb



Ancestors of Christ: figures
1511
Fresco, 245 x 340 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

886*1020
True Color
139 Kb



Ancestors of Christ: figures (detail)
1511
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

962*900
True Color
139 Kb



Ancestors of Christ: figures
1511
Fresco, 240 x 340 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

848*1050
True Color
142 Kb



Ancestors of Christ: figures (detail)
1511
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

887*1020
True Color
150 Kb




Summary of works by Michelangelo
Sculptures | Paintings | Sistine Chapel | Drawings | Architecture
Sculptures
-1501 | 1502- | David | Julius II's Tomb | Medici Tomb | Pietŕs
Sistine Chapel
Last Judgment | Genesis | Prophets | Sibyls | Ignudi
Spandrels | Lunettes | Triangles | Medallions