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A Vatican Library Collection Fine Art Limited Edition
Edition medium: Giclée print on Somerset Velvet Paper 330g.
Inks: Archival pigment inks
Color Permanence: Rated for 100+ years
Print Size: Paper: 13-1/2″ x 12″, Image: 12″ High x 11-1/8″ Wide.
Limited Edition of 250, numbered 34/250. Comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Blind embossed with the seal of the Vatican Library Collection!
These are no longer being made. This is the last one.
Michelangelo was appointed in December of 1546 by Pope Paul III, replacing architect Antonio da Sangallo, who had died earlier that same year. He knew that by accepting this commission he was following the work of previous architects whose work might conflict with his vision for St. Peter’s. Yet the Pope was persuasive and a great admirer, and ultimately Michelangelo considered the commission to have been made by God himself. Believing this he refused compensation in exchange for the Pope’s promise of complete freedom to make all creative and structural decisions.
Because Michelangelo respected the design work of the architect Donato Bramante, and not Sangallo, he dismissed all of Sangallo’s workers in an attempt to restore Bramante’s original cross-shaped plan.
Although Michelangelo was aged and in frail health, he was often carried to the site for observation. He felt the need to preserve the honesty and integrity of his creativity while completing his vision of the Dome of St. Peter’s.