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

Ancestors of Christ: figures

1511
Fresco, 240 x 340 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

The figures are in the triangular spandrel in the sixth bay between Daniel and the Cumaean Sibyl. The spandrel is situated over the Asa-Jehoshaphat-Joram lunette.

The field of the spandrel is almost entirely occupied by the figure of the sleeping woman, seated in the foreground on a white sack. The brightness of the colours of her robe contrast with the shadows in the background which shroud the figures of the man and child.

It is assumed that in the background Asa, the future king is consoling his father (a destroyer of idols) in pilgrim robe, while his mother (a worshipper of idols) is sleeping in the foreground.




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