(b. 1475, Caprese, d. 1564, Roma)
Ancestors of Christ: figures (detail)1511
Cappella Sistina, Vatican
The figures are in the triangular spandrel in the sixth bay between Ezekiel and the Persian Sibyl. The spandrel is situated over the Rehoboam-Abijah lunette.
Michelangelo painted a family group in this lunette. The woman, seen in profile, is seated in the foreground, in an absorbed attitude, her chin resting on her hand; with her other arm she embraces her child. Behind her, the gray-haired head of a male figure emerges from the shadows.
It is usually assumed that the scene represents the child Jesse with his parents.