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

Exterior of the Sistine Chapel

1475-83
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Cappella Sistina, Vatican

This is a reconstruction of the original design of the Sistine Chapel seen from the northwest corner, with the crenellations and chemin-de-ronde, before the addition of the buttresses on the long walls, and before the altar wall windows were closed and other buildings raised alongside.