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Š copyrighted material The Sistine Chapel of Michelangelo: the Law and the Judge Paulo Martins Oliveira __________________________________________________________ In 1481-82 various artists painted the sidewalls of the Sistine Chapel, depicting different episodes from the lives of Moses (southern wall) and of Jesus (northern wall). Complementing this first stage, the main door (eastern wall) was flanked by two culminating scenes: The disputation over Moses’ body, and The Resurrection of Christ.1 The first stage 1481-82, by various artists (Botticelli, Perugino, Signorelli, Ghirlandaio, Rosselli) Southern wall Stories of Moses (Old Testament) The disputation over Moses' body 1 Northern wall Stories of Christ (New Testament) Eastern wall Main entrance The Resurrection of Christ These two final scenes of the first stage were originally painted by Luca Signorelli and Domenico Ghirlandaio. Almost a century later (1572-74), these frescoes were replaced by two others (by Matteo da Lecce and Hendrick van den Broeck) on the same subjects, thus keeping the original logic, in which is implied an hierarchy since the body of Moses was disputed (Jude 1:9), whereas Christ resurrected from the dead.

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