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How Michelangelo Painted the Sistine Chapel

Pope Julius II believed Michelangelo could do anything and ordered him to decorate the ceiling of the chapel. But Im not a painter, Michelangelo protested, Im a sculptor. Ive hardly done anything with a brush and you want me to paint 2000 square feet on a curved ceiling!.
Youll do a great job, said Julius. Ill have my architect Bramante set up the scaffolding for you. He was a very tough man, more like a military commander than a pope, and he didnt want to hear objections. Once he actually struck Michelangelo with his staff for impertinence. A medallion with the bust of Pope Julius II.Michelangelo went home in despair. He was ambitious but the Pope was asking him to work a miracle. If he failed, all his e...

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