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AGATHOS IN MICHELANGELO’S SISTINE CEILING

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Author(s): PATRICIA TRUTTY-COOHILL

Journal: Agathos : an International Review of the Humanities and Social Sciences
ISSN 2069-1025

Volume: I;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 7;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: Michelangelo | Sistine Chapel | Renaissance | phenomenological aesthetics | Christian humanism | disegno | space | domain | agathos

ABSTRACT
Michelangelo’s design of the Sistine Chapel ceiling is examined from the sense of this new journal Agathos. The paper demonstrates to the modern world the point of view, the confidence, of the Christian humanism of the Renaissance. With agathos, that combination of noble and beautiful goodness, we ascend to the overarching realms Michelangelo depicts. We look at the architectural structure, the disegno, as a Jacob’s ladder that returns us to our rightful place, the home that we forgot when we descended to the world into which we were born. Michelangelo makes our origins apparent, shows us that we are scion of the great ancestors of Christ. Through the beauty of the design we are lead to the goodness that is our true place in the universe. Michelangelo then allows our spirit to return home and in that returning to properly view our place in the divine order.
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