Frescoes in Pauline Chapel, Vatican
by MICHELANGELO

By contrast to the oppressive appearance of the Last Judgement, the Pauline Chapel frescoes (1542-50) seem restrained. They have a lighter tonality and less striking contrasts of colour: violets, greens and blues predominate. Despite this colouristic mildness - which differs from most of Michelangelo's earlier work - these frescoes could not be called serene or lyrical. As scenes of conversion and martyrdom they seem unconventional.

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View of the Chapel
1542-50
Photo
Cappella Paolina, Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican


The Conversion of Saul
1542-45
Fresco, 625 x 661 cm
Cappella Paolina, Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican


The Conversion of Saul (detail)
1542-45
Fresco, width of detail 202 cm
Cappella Paolina, Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican


The Conversion of Saul (detail)
1542-45
Fresco, width of detail 114 cm
Cappella Paolina, Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican


The Conversion of Saul (detail)
1542-45
Fresco, width of detail 63 cm
Cappella Paolina, Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican


The Conversion of Saul (detail)
1542-45
Fresco, width of detail 101 cm
Cappella Paolina, Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican


Martyrdom of St Peter
1546-50
Fresco, 625 x 662 cm
Cappella Paolina, Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican


Martyrdom of St Peter (detail)
1546-50
Fresco, 625 x 662 cm (full fresco)
Cappella Paolina, Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican


Martyrdom of St Peter (detail)
1546-50
Fresco, width of detail 151 cm
Cappella Paolina, Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican


Martyrdom of St Peter (detail)
1546-50
Fresco, width of detail 74 cm
Cappella Paolina, Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican


Martyrdom of St Peter (detail)
1546-50
Fresco, width of detail 95 cm
Cappella Paolina, Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican


Martyrdom of St Peter (detail)
1546-50
Fresco, width of detail 101 cm
Cappella Paolina, Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican


Martyrdom of St Peter (detail)
1546-50
Fresco, width of detail 108 cm
Cappella Paolina, Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican



Summary of works by Michelangelo
All genres
Sculptures | Paintings | Sistine Chapel | Drawings | Architecture
Sculptures
-1501 | 1502- | David | Julius II's Tomb | Medici Tomb | Pietŕs
Paintings
Easel paintings | Frescoes in Pauline Chapel
Sistine Chapel
Division of the ceiling | Genesis | Prophets | Sibyls | Ignudi
Spandrels | Lunettes | Triangles | Medallions
Last Judgment
Architecture
until 1530 | after 1530



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