Title :

Michelangelo's Ignudi, and the Sistine Chapel as a symbol of law and justice

Author :
JOOST-GAUGIER, Christiane L. ;
Publication year :
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
The object of this study is to show that a specific part of Michelangelo's painted ceiling [the Ignudi], not usually considered intrinsic to thematic discussion, offers not only an important clue regarding the underlying theme of the [Sistine] Ceiling itself but, moreover, suggests that the Ceiling is inherently related to the previous and subsequent decorations and indeed even to the purpose of the building itself as an architectural monument. Deriving from Ovid's Metamorphoses, the centralizing symmetry and grandly articulated ignudi of the Sistine Chapel represent the Golden Age of Man.... Suggests that the theme of Law and Justice prevail in the Ceiling.... The so-called Sacrifice of Noah is re-named as the Sacrifice of Abel, which corresponds with the descriptions of this scene by Michelangelo's friends Condivi and Vasari as well as with the correct chronological order of the Ceiling paintings and the theme of Law and Justice. ;
Pagination/Size :
11 ill. ;
Topic :
French keywords :
Ignudi ; Italie ; Le Sacrifice de Noé ; Loi ; Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475-1564 ; Peinture murale ; Roma (ITA), Vaticano, Cappella Sistina ; Sacrifice d'Abel ; Symbolisme ; 1500-1600 ;
Descriptors :
Ignudi ; Italy ; Law ; Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475-1564 ; Mural painting ; Roma (ITA), Vaticano, Cappella Sistina ; Sacrifice of Abel ; Sacrifice of Noah ; Symbolism ; 1500-1600 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Artibus et historiae, 1996, 17, 34
INIST identifier :
24999307 ;
ISSN 0391-9064 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
IRSA, Wien
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