Attempts at demolishing Michelangelo’s masterpiece over its nudes

Sixteenth century condemnations of the Sistine Chapel paintings

The Last Judgment, Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo, repeatedly at risk of being destroyed, scrapped off or painted on by 16th century Popes and critics. The most criticised artwork of the Renaissance. Photo Wikimedia.

ong before Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel, about 35,000 years ago the first images of human beings were carved in the nude. Today, 11 billion miles away in the immensity of space, Pioneer 10 spacecraft travels the universe carrying a…