At Large  December 12, 2018  Jennifer Dasal

ArtCurious: Michelangelo's The Last Judgment

Michelangelo, The Last Judgement, 1536 -1541, fresco, Sistine Chapel. 

The ArtCurious Podcast, Episode #45

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Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor quality, or just bad when they were first made. With the passage of time comes a calm and an acceptance. But that doesn’t change the fact that there are many works peppered throughout art history that were straight-up shocking to the public when they were first presented decades, or even hundreds of years ago.

Today's work of "shock art:" Michelangelo's The Last Judgment.

About the Author

Jennifer Dasal

Jennifer Dasal is a contemporary arts curator with nearly twenty years of art-historical studies and experience.

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