Thursday, 6 March 2014, 6:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Michelangelo, Copernicus and the Sistine Chapel

Dr Valerie Shrimplin

It is argued that Copernicus’ theory of the sun-centred universe is a key underlying theme in Michelangelo’s fresco of the Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo's revolutionary design, depicting Christ as an Apollonian 'sun-god' positioned in the centre of a dramatic circular composition, seems relate to Copernicus’s theory of the sun-centred universe - providing important evidence of papal support for Copernican heliocentricity as early as the 1530s.

Followed by drinks reception

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Dr Valerie Shrimplin was awarded her PhD for her research entitled 'Sun Symbolism and Cosmology in Michelangelo’s ‘Last Judgment’'. She has subsequently produced a number of academic publications focusing on the influence of astronomy and cosmology on art and architecture, particularly of the Byzantine, medieval and Renaissance periods.

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6 March 2014

Michelangelo, Copernicus and the Sistine Chapel
Dr Valerie Shrimplin

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