What Michelangelo secretly painted on the Sistine Chapel

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What Michelangelo Secretly Painted On The Sistine Chapel

By Veuer: Jose Sepulveda

A group of researchers in Brazil claim famed painter Michelangelo secretly painted symbols of the female anatomy on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

The researchers say the artist likely concealed the images as a subversion to the Catholic church, similar to the way he includes Jewish heroes and themes throughout.

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Vatican Museum Director Professor Antonio Paolucci unveiled today to the international Press the new Lightining and air conditioning system of the Sistine Chapel, where about 6 million tourists a year visit the chapel to marvel at Michelangelo's ceiling and his depiction of the Last Judgment on the altar wall.The German firm Osram has installed more than 7,000 light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in a gilded, rail-like structure high up on the walls of the chapel to protect the artworks and provide brighter lighting.Although visitors will get less time to view the chapel, Paolucci said: 'Starting in the early months of 2015, visitors to the Vatican Museums are going to be offered special, disposable âintelligent glasses' similar to Google Glass that will enable them to explore the Sistine [Chapel] in 3D and go deeper into its history before the actual visit.'EDITORIAL US (Photo by Alessandra Benedetti/Corbis via Getty Images)
Vatican Museum Director Professor Antonio Paolucci unveiled today to the international Press the new Lightining and air conditioning system of the Sistine Chapel, where about 6 million tourists a year visit the chapel to marvel at Michelangelo's ceiling and his depiction of the Last Judgment on the altar wall.The German firm Osram has installed more than 7,000 light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in a gilded, rail-like structure high up on the walls of the chapel to protect the artworks and provide brighter lighting.Although visitors will get less time to view the chapel, Paolucci said: 'Starting in the early months of 2015, visitors to the Vatican Museums are going to be offered special, disposable âintelligent glasses' similar to Google Glass that will enable them to explore the Sistine [Chapel] in 3D and go deeper into its history before the actual visit.'EDITORIAL US (Photo by Alessandra Benedetti/Corbis via Getty Images)
Vatican Museum Director Professor Antonio Paolucci unveiled today to the international Press the new Lightining and air conditioning system of the Sistine Chapel, where about 6 million tourists a year visit the chapel to marvel at Michelangelo's ceiling and his depiction of the Last Judgment on the altar wall.The German firm Osram has installed more than 7,000 light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in a gilded, rail-like structure high up on the walls of the chapel to protect the artworks and provide brighter lighting.Although visitors will get less time to view the chapel, Paolucci said: 'Starting in the early months of 2015, visitors to the Vatican Museums are going to be offered special, disposable âintelligent glasses' similar to Google Glass that will enable them to explore the Sistine [Chapel] in 3D and go deeper into its history before the actual visit.'EDITORIAL US (Photo by Alessandra Benedetti/Corbis via Getty Images)
Vatican Museum Director Professor Antonio Paolucci unveiled today to the international Press the new Lightining and air conditioning system of the Sistine Chapel, where about 6 million tourists a year visit the chapel to marvel at Michelangelo's ceiling and his depiction of the Last Judgment on the altar wall.The German firm Osram has installed more than 7,000 light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in a gilded, rail-like structure high up on the walls of the chapel to protect the artworks and provide brighter lighting.Although visitors will get less time to view the chapel, Paolucci said: 'Starting in the early months of 2015, visitors to the Vatican Museums are going to be offered special, disposable âintelligent glasses' similar to Google Glass that will enable them to explore the Sistine [Chapel] in 3D and go deeper into its history before the actual visit.'EDITORIAL US (Photo by Alessandra Benedetti/Corbis via Getty Images)
Vatican Museum Director Professor Antonio Paolucci unveiled today to the international Press the new Lightining and air conditioning system of the Sistine Chapel, where about 6 million tourists a year visit the chapel to marvel at Michelangelo's ceiling and his depiction of the Last Judgment on the altar wall.The German firm Osram has installed more than 7,000 light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in a gilded, rail-like structure high up on the walls of the chapel to protect the artworks and provide brighter lighting.Although visitors will get less time to view the chapel, Paolucci said: 'Starting in the early months of 2015, visitors to the Vatican Museums are going to be offered special, disposable âintelligent glasses' similar to Google Glass that will enable them to explore the Sistine [Chapel] in 3D and go deeper into its history before the actual visit.'EDITORIAL US (Photo by Alessandra Benedetti/Corbis via Getty Images)
Vatican Museum Director Professor Antonio Paolucci unveiled today to the international Press the new Lightining and air conditioning system of the Sistine Chapel, where about 6 million tourists a year visit the chapel to marvel at Michelangelo's ceiling and his depiction of the Last Judgment on the altar wall.The German firm Osram has installed more than 7,000 light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in a gilded, rail-like structure high up on the walls of the chapel to protect the artworks and provide brighter lighting.Although visitors will get less time to view the chapel, Paolucci said: 'Starting in the early months of 2015, visitors to the Vatican Museums are going to be offered special, disposable âintelligent glasses' similar to Google Glass that will enable them to explore the Sistine [Chapel] in 3D and go deeper into its history before the actual visit.'EDITORIAL US (Photo by Alessandra Benedetti/Corbis via Getty Images)
Vatican Museum Director Professor Antonio Paolucci unveiled today to the international Press the new Lightining and air conditioning system of the Sistine Chapel, where about 6 million tourists a year visit the chapel to marvel at Michelangelo's ceiling and his depiction of the Last Judgment on the altar wall.The German firm Osram has installed more than 7,000 light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in a gilded, rail-like structure high up on the walls of the chapel to protect the artworks and provide brighter lighting.Although visitors will get less time to view the chapel, Paolucci said: 'Starting in the early months of 2015, visitors to the Vatican Museums are going to be offered special, disposable âintelligent glasses' similar to Google Glass that will enable them to explore the Sistine [Chapel] in 3D and go deeper into its history before the actual visit.'EDITORIAL US (Photo by Alessandra Benedetti/Corbis via Getty Images)
Vatican Museum Director Professor Antonio Paolucci unveiled today to the international Press the new Lightining and air conditioning system of the Sistine Chapel, where about 6 million tourists a year visit the chapel to marvel at Michelangelo's ceiling and his depiction of the Last Judgment on the altar wall.The German firm Osram has installed more than 7,000 light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in a gilded, rail-like structure high up on the walls of the chapel to protect the artworks and provide brighter lighting.Although visitors will get less time to view the chapel, Paolucci said: 'Starting in the early months of 2015, visitors to the Vatican Museums are going to be offered special, disposable âintelligent glasses' similar to Google Glass that will enable them to explore the Sistine [Chapel] in 3D and go deeper into its history before the actual visit.'EDITORIAL US (Photo by Alessandra Benedetti/Corbis via Getty Images)
Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, fresco by Michelangelo, Vatican City
The interior of the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's Last Judgment.
The Sistine Chapel (Latin: Sacellum Sixtinum; Italian: Cappella Sistina) is a large and renowned chapel of the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City. The fame of the Sistine Chapel lies mainly in the frescos that decorate the interior, and most particularly the Sistine Chapel ceiling and The Last Judgment by Michelangelo.
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In the study, the team notes that Renaissance art often contains double meanings, including the animals depicted, positions of characters and juxtapositions. The team used imaging software that looked for depictions of human anatomy in the legendary work.

Images related to female anatomy are normally associated with a downward pointing triangle and those for males would be pointing upwards. The study found the position of Eve's arm and forearm "clearly resembles the shape of an inverted triangle" as well as bull or ram skulls, whose meanings have never been explained.

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