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Aerobiological monitoring of the “Sistine Chapel”: airborne bacteria and microfungi trends Three sampling campaigns were carried out in the Chapel on the following dates: November 1997 and 27 February 1998. During each sampling operation the following IGRIST psychrometer (Model IGN/B). The air speed was recorded with the Terman anemometer without flow direction connector. The carbon dioxide concentration in the air was measured with the BABUK/M multisampler and the BSO 103  [ Read More ]

Michelangelo(1475 – 1564)-Detail From the Last Judgment, Sistine Chapel, the Vatican, Rome. As a sing of his martyrdom,the apostle, St. Bartholomew is holding his own flayed-off skin in his hard. Instead of repeating the saint’s face on his skin, Michelangelo has painted his own self-portrait there. this unique step may have inspired Caravaggio to depict himself in the hacked off head of Goliath, the giant. Author: Eberard König (Bibliography: “Caravaggio”)  [ Read More ]

The Sistine Chapel ceiling paintings by Michelangelo were commissioned by Pope Julius II in 1508. Michelangelo tried to refuse the commission, but he eventually gave in to pressure from the pope. By fall of the same year, painting on the ceiling had begun. Working on scaffolding was physically demanding, and Michelangelo created image after image on an ever increasing scale. He eventually exerted all the power of his mind and spirit, using themes and  [ Read More ]

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