The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican

The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican

Benjamin Blech

Language: English

Pages: 336

ISBN: 006146905X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Shocking Secrets of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel Artwork

The recent cleaning of the Sistine Chapel frescoes removed layer after layer of centuries of accumulated tarnish and darkness. The Sistine Secrets endeavors to remove the centuries of prejudice, censorship, and ignorance that blind us to the truth about one of the world's most famous and beloved art treasures.

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shadow on the lives of Lorenzo and his circle of family and friends. In 1471 Lorenzo went on behalf of his family and Florence to pay tribute to the newly elected pope, none other than Sixtus IV, the founder of the Sistine Chapel. There, in the Apostolic Palace, Lorenzo was inspired not by the religious rituals but by the pope’s outstanding collection of ancient pagan Roman sculpture pieces. The pontiff, seeking to impress the rich young “lord of Florence” even more, gave him two Roman statues,

Chapel. And this is where more than four million visitors a year come to view the incredible frescoes of Michelangelo and pay homage to a site sacred to Christianity. Before the creation of this replica of the Jewish Temple, there had been a chapel on the same spot during the Middle Ages. It was called la Cappella Palatina, or the Palatial Chapel. Since every European ruler had his or her own regal chapel for praying privately with the royal court, it was deemed necessary for the pope also to

designed to replace the ancient Jewish Temple as the New Holy Temple of the New World Order in the New Jerusalem, which would from this time forward be the city of Rome, the capital of Christendom. Its measurements are 134.28 feet long by 43.99 feet wide by 67.91 feet high—exactly those of the heichal, the long, rectangular back section of the First Holy Temple completed by King Solomon and his architect King Hiram of Tyre (Lebanon) in 930 BCE. More remarkable still, and a fact that most

Deuteronomy. In Hebrew these books are called the Chumash—root of the Hebrew word for five. The Church of Michelangelo’s time tried to negate the importance of the Five Books of Moses; they were nothing more than the “Old Testament,” a vestigial remnant whose old laws had been invalidated by the “New Testament” replacement. Michelangelo is sending a message to the Vatican that a Church that ignores its roots in the Torah and the primacy of the Hebrew Scriptures will be lost. As we have learned,

them were originally quite nude, even displaying their very human-looking genitalia. It is not clear whether they are taking the signs of the Passion up to heaven or bringing them down for us to view. The range of movements, gestures, and expressions is astounding—each one is different. Just below the level of these angels are the Righteous Souls, forming a circle over the head of Jesus. These are not the famous saints or popes or royal patrons that one would normally find in a painting of this

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