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

Uzziah - Jotham - Ahaz (detail)

1511-12
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

The right part of the lunette is dominated by the tonality of the heavy reddish-orange mantle with deep yellow shadows that the woman presses to her breast. Although her gaze is not directed at them, she seems to be protective toward the two children by her.

The veiled head and the gravity of the attitude and expression of the female figure, together with the pattern of the drapery, reveal that she was probably based on a classical model. The same applies to the boy in the foreground. His pose resembles to that of ancient funerary statues of torch-bearing genii, and appears to be derived (with variations) from one of the figures of nude youths in the background of the Doni Tondo. With regard to the other boy seen in profile in the background, it has been rightly observed that he appears to have been drawn by the artist with the brush rather than painted.