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Decoding Michelangelo at Sistine Chapel


Did Michelangelo embed secret messages in his frescos at the Sistine Chapel in Vatican?

About 500 years after the famous sculptor was first commissioned (May 8, 1508) by Pope Julius II to paint a series of portraits of Jesus and the Apostles on the Sistine ceiling, startling facts by two authors try to explain how Michelangelo's genius expressed itself on a number of levels.

In their book, The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican, authors Roy Doliner and Benjamin Blech say that Michelangelo was angry to put his sculpture career on hold to paint frescoes. This anger caused the artist to paint hidden references on the ceiling to highlight the corruption of the papacy of his time, ABC news said.

Image: Part of the artwork of Michelangelo that adorns the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican.
Photograph: Fotopress/Getty Images

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