The Flood (c. 1512) by Michelangelo

The Flood - Michelangelo - c

Artwork Information

TitleThe Flood
Dimensions305 cm x 550 cm
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationSistine Chapel, Vatican
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About The Flood

Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Julius II as the third artist to complete the project for the Sistine Chapel. One of Michelangelo’s works, The Flood, painted between 1508-1512 is an allegory showcasing four different dramas. The Ark in which the righteous will be saved depicts an allegory of the Church.

The Flood measured at 280 x 560 cm and shows desperation and panic settling in among survivors. As sinners were cleansed during The Flood, so does the wood of the Cross offer salvation to those who are in the Church.

Michelangelo was known for practicing various disciplines in art; he utilized his skills to create a dramatic scene that left viewers fascinated by his use of dark colors and fine details. His depiction captures emotions of terror, pain, suffering and chaos perfectly.

Overall, Michelangelo’s piece is a perfect representation of his talents not only as a painter but also as an artist able to convey narratives through visual imagery. His approach creates depth engaging his viewers to feel connected with each character portrayed thanks to his impeccable attention to detail.

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