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

Jacob - Joseph (detail)

1511-12
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

Sullen and perplexed, wrapped in a huge yellow ochre cloak and seemingly withdrawn, the old man - generally believed to be Jacob - dominates the family group on the left due to his expressive power and the quality of the colour.