The Sistine Chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere (pontiff from 1471 to 1484) who had the old Cappella Magna restored between 1477 and 1480. The 15th century decoration of the walls includes: the false drapes, the Stories of Moses (south and entrance walls) and of Christ (north and entrance walls) and the portraits of the Popes (north and south and entrance walls). It was executed by a team of painters made up initially of Pietro Perugino, Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Cosimo Rosselli, assisted by their respective shops and by some closer assistants among whom Biagio di Antonio, Bartolomeo della Gatta and Luca Signorelli stand out. On the Ceiling Pier Matteo d’Amelia painted a starry sky.
At 21 years of age, Michelangelo made his first trip to Rome. Eager to study the great statues of antiquity and to secure important commissions, the young master from Florence was soon engaged on a work that would seal his destiny as the greatest living sculpture of his time and perhaps, all time! Michelangelo’s arrival into the Eternal City was fortunate because it coincided with an exhibition of newly unearthed sculptures and ruins of antiquity. These new found classical sculptures, nude and Herculean in proportion, celebrated the ideals of moral virtue, physical beauty, and truth. The discovery of these pieces represented a crucial bridge from the Gothic works of the middle Ages to the inspired sculpture and painting of the early Renaissance.
Saskia van Uylenburgh
Born: August 2, 1612
Died: June 14, 1642
Father: Rombertus van Uylenburgh
Mother: Sjoukje Ozinga
Husband: Rembrandt van Rijn
Children: Three of her children died shortly after birth. Her son Titus was the
Vincent van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853, in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands. Van Gogh was a post-impressionist painter whose work, notable for its beauty, emotion and color, highly influenced 20th-century art. He struggled with mental illness, and remained poor and virtually unknown throughout his life. Van Gogh died in France on July 29, 1890, at age 37, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
|Birth name||Rembrant Harmenszoon van Rijn|
|Born||15 July 1606
Leiden, Dutch Republic (nowNetherlands)
|Died||4 October 1669 (aged 63)
Amsterdam, Dutch Republic (now Netherlands)
|Movement||Dutch Golden Age
|Works||The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, 1632
Belshazzar’s Feast, 1635
The Night Watch, 1642
Bathsheba at Her Bath, 1654Syndics of the Drapers’ Guild, 1662