- Author: Michelangelo Buonarroti
- Museum: The Sistine Chapel
- Year: 1508-1512 ⇐ Click image for larger version
Description of the picture:
The Prophet Joel - Michelangelo Buonarroti. 1508-1512. Fresco.
The Old Testament biblical prophet Joel belongs to the so-called "small" prophets. "His book was written around the ninth century BC, describes relatively good times in the life of the kingdom of Judah, except for the attack of the Philistines, which, in fact, allowed us to date the years of his life. Prophet Joel is considered the first of those who began to write down their visions and revelations. His appeals, in the first place, are focused on the desire to bring all citizens of the country to the true, rather than ostentatious, service to God.
The fresco by Michelangelo depicts Joel as a gray-haired, balding old man sitting on the steps of the marble throne with gilt balusters on the sides. He is facing the audience, holds a long unfolded scroll and studies it. One of the hands of the prophet rests on a large wooden music stand in the form of a drawer with one inclined side for writing or reading. Behind the prophet are two little angels - putti have some kind of conversation, holding big books in their hands.
At Joel there is a rich garment in color and decoration without any minute details. The lower part of the clothes is long, in the floor, a shirt, with the same long sleeves, beautiful pale lilac color. At the collar, it is originally decorated with a rather wide edging of pale green color with a large spectacular zip on the chest.
Above, on the shoulders and knees of the prophet, a raincoat of rich, but not aggressive apricot color, of obviously shiny silky material, is thrown over. The master managed to perfectly convey the texture of the fabric, its play and spectacular large folds of clothing. This is a very expressive image of a wise middle-aged man, concerned with the morality and religiosity of his people. Bright, but not vulgar colors and amazingly lively “modeling” of the face make the prophet from the “Old Testament” a real and close person to us.
Other paintings by Michelangelo Buonarroti
Conversion of the Apostle Paul
Creation of Adam
The torment of St. Anthony
Crucifixion of saint peter
The prophet Ezekiel
The prophet Zechariah
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