MICHELANGELO Buonarroti
(b. 1475, Caprese, d. 1564, Roma)

Frescoes above the altar wall

1508-12
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

Above the altar at the centre of the end wall is the distraught image of the prophet Jonah. In the corner pendentives, which correspond with those on the entrance wall, are other scenes based on the history of the Jews: the Punishment of Haman and the Brazen Serpent.