The sistine Chapel is an ode to renaissance art. Renaissance art by definition has complexity and movement. Perspective is beautifully used and unlike the pre - renaissance paintings they look most natural and very detailed.Now imagine a renaissance painting the size of the sitine chapel. Each aspect of the roof has been hand painted. For a first time viewer, it astounds you. The creation of adam which is one of Michelangelo's most famous paintings is just another panel on the roof. It took michelangelo 4 years to paint the ceiling and another 6 to paint the last judgement over the altar. Michelangelo who was always considered more a famous sculptor than a painter till then, uses the twisting of bodies to paint muscles and sinews which are signature Michelangelo. It also probably stems from his sculptor background as sculptures having little colour are best defined by the human anatomy.
No photography or talking was allowed inside the Sistine Chapel, and it was the most crowded of all the buildings. Our guide had explained all the main paintings and significance and how Michelangelo had painted the ceiling in advance, as he wasn't allowed to talk inside. There was a screen with all the paintings and information which the official guides could log into and explain everything about the Vatican. While most people believe that he painted the ceiling lying on his back, in reality it was found that he actually painted it standing with his head bent backwards, as he explained with a drawing in one of his letters to his friend!
The Sistine Chapel was amazing. After touring the museum, we ended up at the Sistine Chapel. We rented an audio guide and it was filled with explanations and stories about the creation of the art in the Sistine Chapel. I didn't know that the ceiling and walls were done by different people! Michelangelo did the ceiling and the walls were done by a team of Renaissance painters. We weren't allowed to take photographs inside but no matter - we spent a good amount of time just admiring the artwork.
The site where the Papal Conclave meets in order to elect the Pope, this 15th Century Chapel is probably the most popular attraction in Vatican City. Home to Michelangelo's masterpiece 'The Last Judgement' and several ceiling frescoes, you get into this house of wonder after a long walk through the galleries of the museums and a dozen security guards will work hard to keep you from clicking any pictures. The nine frescoes depict God's Creation, the tale of Adam and Eve, the Fall and the plight of Noah. The Last Judgement (Giudizio Universale) on the west wall illustrating Christ passing his sentence over dead souls stands out in every way possible. And no, Michelangelo did not paint the ceiling while lying on his back. That is merely a myth. Interestingly, there are stories about how Michelangelo was an artist who refused to conform to the norms of his time. When the Papal officials complained about the existence of nudity in the frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo painted the Gates of Hell behind the pulpit where the Pope delivers his Mass and portrayed several saints as foolish and in compromising positions. Now that's some form of revenge. Getting there: The Sistine Chapel is located inside the Vatican Museums and the entry comes for about 16 Euros. They are open from 9am to 6pm with 4pm being the last admission. Additionally, entry is free on the last Sunday of the month. The queues can be long so book your tickets online if you are in a bit of a hurry. There are several galleries to see in the museums with the Chapel being the final stop, after which you proceed to St. Peter's Basilica. Photography, as mentioned above, is prohibited, but nobody can stop you from gazing at the ceiling in amazement for as long as you like, although the crowd could be a bit of a deterrent. You could take the Metro to 'Ottaviano-San Pietro' which is on the A Line of the Rome Metropolitan and your journey to the Vatican and back should cost you 3 Euros. Beware of pickpockets. The museums are located 900 metres from the station and noon is the best time to visit.
Michelangelo wrote a novel with the fresco of “The Judgement day” inside the Sistine Chapel.