The Deluge

Michelangelo, The Deluge, 1509. Fresco, The Vatican Museums, Vatican City.

The Sistine Chapel in Vatican City was the location for papal conclaves and other prominent church services. Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Julius II to paint the ceiling with scenes from Genesis and portraits of the prophets.These scenes from Genesis all played a part in church doctrine.They were belived to lay the foundations for the coming of Christ. The Deluge was considered to prefigure baptism, while the Ark was the symbol for the Church itself. The purifying water of the baptism removes the original sin, while that of the flood cleansed the world of sinners.


The Christian idea that humanity is inherently sinful because of Adam and Eve's transgression in the garden of Eden, found in the very first chapters of the Bible.

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