Standing athwart history, yelling 'WTF'

MAIUS HIS VIDEBIS

My favorite detail of Michelangelo’s fresco of the Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel. It’s the damned soul realizing for the first time— and arguably the last, and forevermore— the horror of his sins. You can almost smell the oily smoke hanging thickly in the air, almost taste the ashes of a world burning away in flames.
  • 15 February 2013
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