Snakes by Michelangelo

Snakes - Michelangelo - 1511

Artwork Information

Dimensions585 x 985 cm
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationSistine Chapel, Vatican
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About Snakes

Michelangelo, one of the greatest artists of all time, depicted the tragic death of Laocoön and his sons by snakes in one of his works. Although primarily known for his sculptures, Michelangelo’s artistic talents extended to painting as well. He was commissioned to paint the biblical narratives on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, where he created some of the most iconic works in history.

Michelangelo had a unique style that introduced curves and diagonals into his figures. His famous sculptures include David, which depicts a young man with perfect anatomical proportions, and Pietà which portrays Mary holding her son Jesus after being taken down from the cross. Michelangelo’s keen eye for light and shadow is evident in these pieces.

Effortlessly transitioning from sculpture to painting, Michelangelo created impressive masterpieces on canvas as well. On the ceiling of Sistine Chapel alone, he painted more than 300 figures across 500 square meters! The narrative scenes included The Creation Of Adam where God reaching out to Adam is an iconic image that remains an enduring symbol until today.

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