Among the painterly problems to be conquered we list the following, in no particular order of difficulty:.
The assembled cast must represent everybody who has ever lived, the good, the bad, the famous and the obscure; the decision being taken by God must clearly be the most momentous of all decisions ever taken; the painter must convincingly imagine hell for those who receive the thumbs-down on God's final judgment; at the same time he must convincingly imagine heaven for those who are saved; then he must combine both in one composition; the sky must be filled with angels, some of whom are blowing trumpets to awaken the dead; the dead themselves must, of course, look alive, for they have been brought back to hear the final verdict; two large sections of crowd must be differentiated and orchestrated, those to be damned and those to be saved; with this much flying, pulling, struggling upwards, gazing downwards, to be painted, the foreshortening problems alone are momentous.
Thus you have the busiest crowd painting imaginable representing the simplest of decisions: yes or no. Small wonder that so few have succeeded in turning this recipe for painterly chaos into a convincing and coherent work of art. Of course, painting the Sistine chapel was arduous, time-consuming and problematic. But it was also obviously engrossing, endlessly opportune and, sometimes, sheer fun. Among the colours Michelangelo began purchasing in the spring of was one which was only found in Afghanistan, ultramarine, a precious blue made of crushed lapis lazuli, the most expensive of all the Renaissance colours, more expensive than gold, usually reserved for the Virgin's cloak, or flashes of heavenly sky in paintings by Titian.
He realises that all of his mortal strength is useless against the hordes of demonic creatures from hell. Perhaps he's just has a very bad day at the office! The Damned are cast into the Underworld. In this scene, Angels push and punch the hapless damned down toward Charon the boatman on their journey into hell. Demonic creatures hasten the doomed to their final destination in the Underworld. The Righteous are raised into Heaven.
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