Last Judgement

The Last Judgment was planned for the present altar wall as a perennial warning about the frailty of life and the universe.

Sistine Chapel Last Judgement
Sistine Chapel Last Judgement



To the center Christ is represented surrounded from the saints and with his mother to his side.

Sistine Chapel Last Judgement detail of Christ
Central detail: Christ


On the top there are two upper lunettes with groups of angels bearing in flight the symbols of the Passion

Sistine Chapel Last Judgement detail of left lunette Sistine Chapel Last Judgement detail of right lunette
Lunettes detail: angels with Symbols of the Passion


St Catherine of Alexandria with the cogwheel and St Sebastian kneeling holding the arrows are the covered figures by Daniele da Volterra with so-called "braghe".

Sistine Chapel Last Judgement: detail of St Catherine
Right of the middle section: St Catherine and St Biagio


To the left of the Christ St Andrew can be recognized, turned of shoulders, with his cross in hand and St John the Baptist, mighty in his build, he could represent Adam.

Sistine Chapel Last Judgement detail of Adam
Left of the middle section: Adam or St John the Baptist


In the middle there are the angels of the Apocalypse who are wakening the dead to the sound of long trumpets.

Sistine Chapel Last Judgement detail of Angels with long trumpets
Middle Section: Angels with long trumpets


In the bottom there's St Bartholomew with his own skin which is usually recognized as being a self-portrait of Michelangelo

Sistine Chapel Last Judgement detail of St Bartholomew
Middle Section: St Bartholomew



The Minos body is wrapped in the coils of the serpent.

Sistine Chapel Last Judgement detail of Minos
Right of bottom section: Minos


Charon with his oars, together with his devils, makes the damned get out of his boat.

Sistine Chapel Last Judgement detail of Charon
Middle of bottom section: Charon

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