After the Mona Lisa, Giants of Art showcases Michelangelo’s incredible Sistine Chapel ceiling
Last year, AllCollect debuted a huge rectangular silver coin that reproduced the enigmatic painting by Leonardo da Vinci, the Mona Lisa. At 390 x 275 mm (15.5″ x 11″) in size, calling this a coin is a bit of a stretch, but the concept was clearly a popular one as it sold out its 750 mintage in quick order – some feat given the kilo weight and €3,000 pricetag. It comes as little surprise that the producer has decided to revisit the concept.
While the Mona Lisa wasn’t far off being reproduced at life-size, there’s no way you can claim the same benchmark for this 2018 issue. The Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo Buonarroti is quite simply one of the most impressive pieces of artwork ever to emanate from a human hand. A work of great significance to a large proportion of the world’s people, much of it has transcended into popular consciousness – such is its iconic status.
The size and weight are unchanged from the Mona Lisa issue, so it’s all about the implementation of the design. AllCollect have clearly put much thought into the coin layout and there appears to be a great amount of detail present. Rather than just copy the art to the flat format, they’ve copied the ceiling itself, so we see the curvature of the supporting walls and the way Michelangelo’s work flows down them. The obverse couldn’t be much simpler – just the emblem of the Ivory Coast surrounded by inscriptions and a serial number.
Issues like these are all about the presentation and this one doesn’t disappoint. A quality wooden box holds the coin which is displayed in an acrylic frame, with a stand that makes displaying this ambitious issue quite easy. All in, it’s an impressive piece of work and one we suspect the art fan will greatly enjoy. Available now, quite a few of our sponsors sold the Mona Lisa coin and will be your best option to get the Sistine Chapel release. Expect the price to be around the €3,000 mark.
SISTINE CHAPEL CEILING
The Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, is a cornerstone work of High Renaissance art. The ceiling is that of the Sistine Chapel, the large papal chapel built within the Vatican between 1477 and 1480 by Pope Sixtus IV, for whom the chapel is named. It was painted at the commission of Pope Julius II. The chapel is the location for papal conclaves and many other important services.
The ceiling’s various painted elements form part of a larger scheme of decoration within the Chapel, which includes the large fresco The Last Judgment on the sanctuary wall, also by Michelangelo, wall paintings by several leading painters of the late 15th century including Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Pietro Perugino, and a set of large tapestries by Raphael, the whole illustrating much of the doctrine of the Catholic Church.
Central to the ceiling decoration are nine scenes from the Book of Genesis of which The Creation of Adam is the best known, having an iconic standing equaled only by Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the hands of God and Adam being reproduced in countless imitations. The complex design includes several sets of individual figures, both clothed and nude, which allowed Michelangelo to fully demonstrate his skill in creating a huge variety of poses for the human figure and which have provided an enormously influential pattern book of models for other artists ever since.
The Sistine Chapel is 40.9 metres long and 14 metres wide. The ceiling rises to 13.4 metres above the main floor of the chapel. The vault is of quite a complex design and it is unlikely that it was originally intended to have such elaborate decoration. Pier Matteo d’Amelia provided a plan for its decoration with the architectural elements picked out and the ceiling painted blue and dotted with gold stars, similar to that of the Arena Chapel decorated by Giotto at Padua.
|DENOMINATION||10,000 Francs CFA (Ivory Coast)|
|DIMENSIONS||270 x 390 mm|
|BOX / COA||Yes / Yes|
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