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Description of the fresco by Michelangelo Buonarroti “Prophet Jeremiah”


The fresco was created by the great Italian artist and sculpture from 1508 to 1512.

It is located in the Sistine Chapel in St. Peter's Basilica and is located on the ceiling.

Michelangelo is known worldwide for his paintings and sculptures. But the most memorable and deepest are religious frescoes dedicated to the main biblical events.

One of these creations is a fresco with the prophet Jeremiah. He was a Jewish prophet who lived back in ancient times 7-6 BC Jeremiah was born near Jerusalem in the city of Anafor. His sayings are recorded in the Book of Jeremiah and in the Cry of Jeremiah. This is one of the four biblical prophets. Companions of Baruch wrote his sermons. Jeremiah was persecuted, was captured in Babylon for his sayings. After which he remained in Jerusalem. After the rebellion in the city, he fled to Egypt.

Jeremiah was a very gentle and good-natured man. After the Old Testament, he was the first to mention the New Testament. He suffered greatly from being alone because of his sermons, but the words of God did not leave his soul, he could not be silent. There was a moment in his fate when he abandoned his destiny and fell silent. This happened because of the loss of faith in one's own strength, since no one wanted to listen to him and in every possible way Jeremiah was humiliated. He appealed to God, sought an answer. He felt bad, he wanted to go into the desert forever, to become a hermit and there devote himself to faith and prayer.

Jeremiah carried the will of God into the people, and also performed various symbolic acts that were supposed to predict the deplorable future of the people. The authorities did not tolerate and humiliated him because he urged them to change the course of government in a different direction. As Jeremiah predicted, the collapse came.

The prophet was born into the family of a priest and began to deal with prophecies early. On the fresco of Michelangelo, he is depicted as a gray-haired old man who sadly thinks about the fate of the people. The depth and tragedy of Jeremiah is striking.





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