I need help creating a thesis and an outline on Michelangelo’s Last Judgement. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. In this painting, judgment day is depicted and Christ is seen as a “stern judge of the world” (Kleiner, 2009, p.474). The literary sources from which this work of art drew its theme are supposed to be, the Bible, the Divine Comedy and also many folk and traditional stories about the judgment day (Barnes, 1998, p.1). It was Pope Paul III who invited Michelangelo from Florence to Rome and entrusted him with the creation of this painting, also deciding upon the topic of this painting (Paoletti and Radke, 2005, p.501). It was under the loving insistence of the Pope (who was busily reviving the strength of Catholicism in the backdrop of Protestant Reformation) that Michelangelo left his work in Florence and came to Rome. Hence it can be said that this painting embodied the Catholic idea of salvation (Dixon, n.d.). The painting shows all the just figures inside it as ascending to heaven and all the damned figures as being taken downward into the hell (Kleiner, 2009, p.474). The purpose of this painting as seen from the eyes of the Catholic Church of that era was to tackle the ideological spread of Protestantism (Williams, 2004, p.76). The Church was getting aware of the “power of art” and was trying to “exercise some kind of control over the production and consumption images” (Williams, 2004, p.76). In this painting, Michelangelo has “used some…intense colors” and had paid attention to undertake perfect detailing of all the human bodies that he has drawn (Paoletti and Radke, 2005, p.501). It is observed that “each hue is powerfully distinct, yet shot through with lights of other hues” (Dixon, n.d.). The ambience created by this painting is that of great tension and apprehension. This is in accordance with the theme of the painting, which is about the judgment day. The central figure if Jesus as is in all previous judgment day paintings. The raised right hand of Jesus in the painting is supposed to represent the canonical saying, “(He) wrathfully damns the guilty and banishes them from his presence into eternal fire” (cited by Dixon, n.d.). But some critics (Dixon, n.d.. Kleiner, 2009) have viewed the positioning of the hand as depicting uncertainty and ambiguity.
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