User:Jahsonic/Criticism of the Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes
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Pope Adrian VI
Giorgio Vasari Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects records that Pope Adrian VI said about the so-called Ignudi on the Sistine Chapel ceiling that they were "a bathhouse of naked bodies" (una stufa d'ignudi).
The full quote reads: :«E già aveva cominciato Adriano (forse per imitare i pontefici de' già detti tempi) a ragionare di volere gettare per terra la capella del divino Michelagnolo, dicendo ell'era una stufa d'ignudi. E sprezzando tutte le buone pitture e le statue, le chiamava lascivie del mondo, e cose obbrobriose et abominevoli»
Biagio da Cesena
- It was not only Biagio da Cesena, Master of Ceremonies to Paul III, who declared the painting to be "improper"—"opera da stufe o d'osterie" (work fit only for a bagnio or an inn), but the majority of Catholic opinion agreed. Aretino sounded the alarm. He might not seem to be very well qualified to do this, but he wanted to revenge himself on Michelangelo, who had not shown that regard for him which the Master Singer knew how to exact even from kings. The author of "The Hypocrite," the prototype of Tartuffe, was also the model.
- Letter of Aretino to Michelangelo on the Last Judgement
- Saint Bartholomew holding the knife of his martyrdom and his flayed skin