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Built between 1475 and 1483, in the time of Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere, the Sistine Chapel has originally served as Palatine Chapel. The chapel is rectangular in shape and measures 40.93 meters long by 13.41 meters wide, i.e. the exact dimensions of the Temple of Solomon, as given in the Old Testament. It is 20.70 meters high and is roofed by a flattened barrel vault, with little side vaults over the centered windows.
The architectural plans were made by Baccio Pontelli and the construction work was supervised by Giovannino de' Dolci. The first Mass in the Sistine Chapel was celebrated on August 9, 1483.
The wall paintings were executed by Pietro Perugino, Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Cosimo Rosselli, Luca Signorelli and their respective workshops, which included Pinturicchio, Piero di Cosimo and Bartolomeo della Gatta.
Michelangelo Buonarroti was commissioned by Pope Julius II della Rovere in 1508 to repaint the ceiling; the work was completed between 1508 and 1512. He painted the Last Judgement over the altar, between 1535 and 1541, being commissioned by Pope Paul III Farnese.
We include a master plan of the Chapel which helps locate each painting by assigning an alphanumeric code.
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Red Ball O - Baptism of Christ
Red Ball N - Temptations of Christ
Red Ball M - Calling of the Apostles
Red Ball L - Sermon on the Mount
Red Ball K - Handing over of the Keys
Red Ball I - Last Supper
Red Ball H - Resurrection of Christ
Red Ball A through D - Scenes from the Life of Moses
Red Ball E through F - Scenes from the Life of Moses
Red Ball G - Defense of the Body of Moses
Red Ball O through I - Popes on the intermediate zone of the Life of Christ wall
Red Ball A through F - Popes on the intermediate zone of the Life of Moses wall
Red Ball Michelangelo's Ceiling : Overview
Red Ball 1 through 3 - Scenes from Genesis
Red Ball 4 through 5 - Genesis: Creation of Adam
Red Ball 6 - Genesis : Expulsion from Paradise
Red Ball 7 through 9 - Scenes from Genesis : Noah
Red Ball 10 through 13 - Scenes from Old Testament
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Red Ball 14 through 17 - Prophets and Sibyls around the edges of the ceiling
Red Ball 18 through 21 - Prophets and Sibyls around the edges of the ceiling
Red Ball 22 through 25 - Prophets and Sibyls around the edges of the ceiling
Red Ball 26 through 32 - Ancestors of Christ in spandrels and lunettes
Red Ball 33 through 39 - Ancestors of Christ in spandrels and lunettes
Red Ball 40 - Michelangelo's Last Judgement on the altar wall
Red Ball 40 - Last Judgement : Celestial World
Red Ball 40 - Last Judgement : Resurrection of the Dead
Red Ball Decorative Elements
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