Division of the ceiling frescoes
by MICHELANGELO

The frescoes on the ceiling can be divided into eleven transversal sections: nine bays as well as the spandrels and pendentives over the entry door and the altar, respectively.

When he frescoed the vault of the chapel, Michelangelo started from the area near the entrance wall and proceeded towards the altar, thus the order in which the biblical scenes (and the lunettes) were painted is the reverse of that of the chronological sequence of both the Genesis and the ancestors of Christ. We present here these sections starting from the entrance wall.

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Frescoes above the entrance wall
1508-12
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican


The first bay of the ceiling
1508-12
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican


The second bay of the ceiling
1508-12
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican


The third bay of the ceiling
1508-12
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican


The fourth bay of the ceiling
1508-12
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican


The fifth bay of the ceiling
1508-12
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican


The sixth bay of the ceiling
1508-12
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican


The seventh bay of the ceiling
1508-12
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican


The eighth bay of the ceiling
1508-12
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican


The ninth bay of the ceiling
1508-12
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican


Frescoes above the altar wall
1508-12
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, 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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