The Terrible Pope - Our guide told us that Michelangelo was blackmailed by Pope Julius II (elected in 1502) to paint it and the frescoes. Pope Julius II was egotistical. He created the biggest tomb at the time for himself, because he said he deserved it.
|Right: the Donkey-eared Hell dweller with the Pope's assistant's face|
Michelangelo's Revenge (Fun Facts) - Never piss off a gay artist. That's what we learned here. In the "Last Judgement" painting Michelangelo decided to get back at the Pope, his assistant and others who were nasty to him. So, he painted the Pope's assistant's face as a figure in Hell with Donkey Ears! In the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, he included Jewish history, much to the pope's dismay.
The bottom line - don't try to blackmail a gay artist and then ask him to paint a public masterpiece for you. :)
FAST FACT- The Sistine Chapel was built by Sistos and completed when Michelangelo was just 5 years old.
NEXT -The Vatican's "Fig-Leaf Campaign" or "Hide the Penis"