A Virtual Tour of the Sistine Chapel

This is no substitute for a visit to the real thing, which still remains one of the ten most breathtaking things I’ve ever laid my eyes on.  However, if you can’t make it to the Vatican to see Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling, this tour is a fairly nice placeholder.

The central part of the ceiling shows scenes from Genesis. On both sides are several Biblical prophets and some sibyls: female prophets from ancient times, who, according to the Church, had predicted the coming of Jesus. Among the prophets are all the major ones: Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah and Daniel. In the lunettes above the windows a number of Jesus’ ancestors are shown, Boaz being one of them. It is unclear who the figures in the triangular parts above the lunettes represent. The corners of the ceiling show the rescuing of the Israelites, which was seen as a prelude to the Salvation.

[via coudal]

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