Flood - Michelangelo Buonarroti. Fresco
One of the central frescoes of the chapel tells of one of the most tragic events of the Old Testament. The inevitable and all-consuming element is the answer to sins and aversion from God.
There is no horror on the faces of people, in them the apathetic consciousness of imminent death. In desperation, mothers are trying to save children, adult children - old parents. At this last minute, people seemed to remember their special nature and divine essence.
Only three small sections remained uncovered by water: the top of the mountain, the roof of the marble palace, the top of the temple. Between these three islands, on which life is still warm, in a miserable agony a boat is rushing, filled with passengers. Someone is trying to cling to this unreliable support, someone has already felt relatively safe.
Heaven is inexhaustible with moisture. Rainfall does not stop and soon there will not be a single island on earth. But all people's attempts to survive do not look in vain in this work. The viewer has the feeling that the human race will survive and not disappear.
Optimism against the backdrop of the greatest tragedy is a sign of the vast majority of works of the High Renaissance. In this optimism there is a deep Faith in the divine nature of man, as well as in the Mercy of God and His Wisdom. The master could not allow the shadow of gloom, despite the magnitude and inevitability of the wrath of God.
It is known that this part of the painting, together with the master, was performed by his students. This can be seen in the easy formation of shapes, the simplicity of the picture and a certain schematization of figures. But, at the same time, the work was done in accordance with the exact sketch of the great master and the paints were selected under his guidance. To all, we can add that the author himself redid a lot in the work of his students. As always, not trusting their work to anyone. As for some vagueness and downshot, then, most likely, this is the result of later restoration work.