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Siting Michelangelo's Last Judgment in a Multimedia Context: Art, Music and Ceremony in the Sistine Chapel
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Art History.
2011 (English)In: Konsthistorisk Tidskrift, ISSN 0023-3609, E-ISSN 1651-2294, Vol. 80, no 2, 65-89 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Michelangelo's Last Judgment is a site-specific work. The fresco was painted in 1535-1541 for permanent installation in the Sistine chapel and conceived as part of a multimedia spectacle, involving the singing of Costanzo Festa's Miserere (a forerunner to Allegri's better known piece) and the gradual darkening of the chapel the famous tenebrae ceremony. Several of the painting's characteristics can be explained as the result of the artist optimizing his work to function within this very context. The study is based on witness reports of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, as well as sixteenth-century sources on the art, music and ceremonies of the Sistine chapel. Special consideration is given to the tapestries by Raphael and their relationship to Michelangelo's work.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-66841DOI: 10.1080/00233609.2011.582144ISI: 000293187900002OAI: diva2:469778
authorCount :1Available from: 2011-12-27 Created: 2011-12-21 Last updated: 2011-12-27Bibliographically approved

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