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

Asa - Jehoshaphat - Joram (detail)

1511-12
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

On the right side, with descriptive and expressive naturalness, are displayed in the compact group, very similar to an allegory of Charity, of a mother with her three children. Clasping one of them, she turns toward another who, having climbed onto her back, puts his arm round her neck and kisses her on her cheek; the third puts his lips to her bare breast. The yellow gown with iridescent orange shadows echoes the dominant colour of the man's cloak on the left side of the lunette.