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


Cappella Sistina, Vatican

The picture shows the Ignudo at the upper right corner of the Separation of the Earth from the Waters (above the prophet Daniel).

The poses of the pairs of ignudi become gradually more dynamic and agitated. The two above the Persian Sibyl (at the left) bend backward in opposite directions, while one of those above the prophet Daniel (at right) bends forward, casting an apprehensive glance at the viewer, and the other raises his arm in a movement reminiscent of Hellenistic sculptures of dancing fauns.

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