The Last Judgement

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Michelangelo 1475-1564, The Last Judgement, 1536–1541.

  • 100% Silk
  • Hand Rolled
  • Designed and Printed in Britain
  • 42cm x 42cm

This pocket square is inspired by The Last Judgment. Completed by the Italian Renaissance painter Michelangelo, it is a fresco covering the entirety of the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. It depicts the Second Coming of Christ and the final and eternal judgment by God of all humanity. The souls of humans can be seen rising and descend to their fates, as judged by Christ who is at the centre of the scene and surrounded by prominent saints. Altogether there are over 300 figures in the full painting, with nearly all the males and angels originally shown as nudes; many were later covered up by painted draperies. The work was completed between 1536 and 1541 and Michelangelo began working on it twenty-five years after having finished the Sistine Chapel ceiling. He was nearly 67 when he completed it.

The reception of the painting was mixed from the start, with much praise but also criticism on both religious and artistic grounds. Both the amount of nudity and the muscular style of the bodies has been one area of contention, and the overall composition another.

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