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The Last Judgment (detail), Oil by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564, Italy)
The Last Judgment is a fresco by Michelangelo on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. It took four years to complete and was executed from 1537 to 1541. Michelangelo began working on it three decades after having finished the Sistine Chapel ceiling. The work is massive and spans the entire wall behind the altar of the Sistine Chapel. It is a depiction of the second coming of Christ and the apocalypse. The souls of humans rise and descend to their fates, as judged by Christ surrounded by his saints. Here St Bartholomew displaying his flayed skin (a self-portrait by Michelangelo) in The Last Judgment.