(b. 1475, Caprese, d. 1564, Roma)
Last Judgment (detail)1537-41
Cappella Sistina, Vatican
At the centre of the fresco stands the powerful figure of Christ. His raised right hand compels the figures on the lefthand side, who are trying to ascend, to be plunged down towards Charon and Minos, the Judge of the Underworld; while his left hand is drawing up the chosen people on his right in an irresistible current of strength. Together with the planets and the sun, the saints surround the Judge, confined into vast spacial orbits around Him.