Frescoes in the triangular spandrels (Ancestors of Christ)
by Michelangelo

Occupying the triangular fields between the thrones of the prophets and sibyls, above the lunettes, the eight spandrels of the side walls contain family groups with figures seated or reclining on the bare ground, in poses that seem to draw on the theme of the flight into Egypt. Together with the groups or single figures in the lunettes on either side of the tablets, they represent the generations of Christ's ancestors. Due to the lack of typological elements or precise attributions and, in most cases, of iconographic precedents, it is difficult; if not impossible, to identify the figures represented.

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Ancestors of Christ: figures
1509
Fresco, 245 x 340 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican


Ancestors of Christ: figures
1509
Fresco, 245 x 340 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican


Ancestors of Christ: figures
1509
Fresco, 245 x 340 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican


Ancestors of Christ: figures
1509
Fresco, 245 x 340 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican


Ancestors of Christ: figures
1510
Fresco, 245 x 340 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican


Ancestors of Christ: figures (detail)
1510
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican


Ancestors of Christ: figures
1510
Fresco, 245 x 340 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican


Ancestors of Christ: figures
1510
Fresco, 245 x 340 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican


Ancestors of Christ: figures
1511
Fresco, 245 x 340 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican


Ancestors of Christ: figures (detail)
1511
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican


Ancestors of Christ: figures
1511
Fresco, 240 x 340 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican


Ancestors of Christ: figures
1511
Fresco, 245 x 340 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican


Ancestors of Christ: figures
1511
Fresco, 245 x 340 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican


Ancestors of Christ: figures (detail)
1511
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican


Ancestors of Christ: figures
1511
Fresco, 240 x 340 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican


Ancestors of Christ: figures (detail)
1511
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican



Summary of works by Michelangelo
Sculptures | Paintings | Sistine Chapel | Drawings | Architecture
Sculptures
-1501 | 1502- | David | Julius II's Tomb | Medici Tomb | Pietŕs
Sistine Chapel
Last Judgment | Genesis | Prophets | Sibyls | Ignudi
Spandrels | Lunettes | Triangles | Medallions



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