An Augustinian Interpretation of Michelangelo's Sistine Ceiling, Part I

Dotson, Esther Gordon
June 1979
Art Bulletin;Jun79, Vol. 61 Issue 2, p223
Academic Journal
Part I. Proposes a source for the general program of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling in the writings of Saint Augustine, focusing on the book 'The City of God.' Practice of Augustine to contrast literal reading and its lessons; Non-literal interpretations of the divine plan of redemption in the book; Importance of structural agreement between textual and pictorial schemes in judging the validity of an interpretation.


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