Last Judgement (Michelangelo) Easter Egg - Mike Gave Them Hell
In Michelangelo's painting, The Last Judgment (in the Sistine Chapel), the gates of Hell at the bottom of the painting were put right behind the pulpit, where the Pope stood to give Mass. Also, St. Bartholomew (below and to the right of Christ)
is a portrait of the Pope's friend, Agustino, and the skin he is holding is the artist's self-portrait. Why did Michelangelo do this, you might ask? Because Agustino, a well-known author of a series or pornographic books, convinced the Pope that Michelangelo's nudes were obscene, and that the artist should paint drapes over their, ahem, unmentionables. Needless to say, the Pope went along with his friend's requests and demanded that Michelangelo cover up his nudes, and since he declined, they had to get a student of his to do it after the painting was done. Since Agustino was protected by the Pope, and the Pope was very powerful at the time, the only way that Michelangelo could get back at them was through use of blatant imagery, as we see here. So, Mike liter
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||Nightshade on 05-15-2001
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