Tucked inside of the Pope’s Vatican City residence is one of the most well-known works of art in the world – the Sistine Chapel. Millions of visitors have passed through place of worship to look up and take in the work of famed Renaissance artist, Michelangelo. But there’s more to see than the beauty of the painter’s exquisite work – he hid a few strange secrets behind the angelic images that most people fail to notice.
Michelangelo wasn’t the only artist to contribute his expertise to the Sistine Chapel, but his work on the ceiling and over the altar remain the most noteworthy of all the frescoes adorning the space. His brushstrokes brought to life The Last Judgment, during which Catholics believe that God will hand down a final, eternal judgment on all of humankind. While that imagery covers the altar wall, the ceiling portrays the Book of Genesis, the apostles, Jesus’s ancestors and other religious figures.