More than fifteen hundred years ago Romans were awe struck when they caught the very first sight of the Sistine Chapel. After that masters of painting were born and dead as well as whole pictural art styles. And contemporaries of you and me gape on the distinguished temple. However, while admiring another line intricacy and allusive painting theme, bear in mind that beneath the plot of glossy surface, as per usual, stand painfully familiar disputes with an impatient client, unpleasant surprises from nature and damaged health of painters-executants.
The Sistine Chapel, according
to original project of Pope Julius II, resembled quite unelaborated
composition: central image of Jesus surrounded by twelve disciples located in
triangles on the periphery of the ceiling. Michelangelo Buonarotti, who was
charged with the task of depicting something in his comprehension so poor, put
it mildly, was not thrilled. And at times it is hard even for pontifices to
argue with a stubborn genius… So, after an eternity spent in longstanding
blandishments, the Pope approved iconography amplification in the discretion of
the maitre. Thus, Old
Testament themes were added to the project of the future Chapel and prophets
and prophetesses took places of disciples.
However, these were only
first difficulties. Unlike Julius II, nature turned out to be a less
cooperative lady. It is hard even for great frescos to resist moistness that
was spreading its grey spot on the plaster. Michelangelo’s assistants had to be
fixing the problem all the time. Without their help a quick-tempered artist
would have dropped his work after another conflict with the Pope. Say what you
will, but relations between the two were both dramatic and humorous. Payment
delays, regular preponement of the due date (perennial problem, isn’t it?) and
hasty tempers of both pontifex and Buonarotti turned the process of the Sistine
Chapel designing into a farce tragicomedy with continuous impingement upon
ambitions of the both parties.
The fact that the master was
lying around the clock in his “flying” scaffolding with his head thrown aback
is a matter of common knowledge. But there are hardly many people who know that
due to his outrageously fanatic nature, Michelangelo also strictly forbade
anyone at all to enter the premises in his absence. He couldn’t shake concerns
about intruders and it was keeping him on the alert. Once he even decided to waylay
them. By virtue of the genre, the worst suspicions proved true: there was a
stranger in the chapel. The master, furious because of the fact that his
prohibition against entering was ignored, started pelting wood blocks and
anything that had a slightest ability to fly. And even the fact that it was the
pontifex himself withdrawing from the crime scene (he decided to bribe security
guard and get an eyeful of the half-finished order) didn’t daunt on the pissed
off Buonarotti. It was this exchange of pleasantries and panels that had an
impact on the final cut of the temple. Michaelangelo forbade gold-plating of
the ceiling reasoning it with pretended complicacy of repeated scaffolding
installation. Then again, even without precious metals the Sistine Chapel
cannot be denied elegance and splendor. And all this owes to so called
illusionistic architecture – a peculiar network of ribs, shields, angels images
and nude bodies. Pictures of shells (symbol of Mother Mary) and acorns with oak
leaves – the symbol of papal family della Rovere were no rarity as well.
Sad to say, but despite the
good offices of renovators and guardians, the chapel’s present look brings
across its grandeur only in part. During renovation of 1980s frescos gained
fresher view. But due to discrepancies in painting techniques a very special
feature of the frescos was lost – their talking glances. Thus, many shapes that
came out from under Michelangelo’s brush closed their eyes on the visitors
However, those willing to have
a squint at Buonarotti’s works have no intention to do the same. The interest
is stirred up by the fact that photo shooting of the chapel is forbidden. You
bet that the most fearless and desperate judges of the beauty manage to steal a
picture of paintings but disappointment is expecting them anyway. Rumor has it,
even best-heeled photographers with all necessary equipment and lighting fail
to make good pictures of the chapel. It is hard to say right off the bat where
the element of truth is in all the mysticism and what contributes to sagacity
and pragmatism of local tour guides. But it very much looks like master
Michelangelo created a real wonder: something capturing that can be captured neither
on a screen nor on a film.
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