Name: Creation of the Sun and Moon.
Artist: Michelangelo Buonarroti
Location: Sistine Chapel.
Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Julius II della Rovere in 1508 to repaint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel frescoed earlier by Piero Matteo d'Amelia with a star-spangled sky. The work was completed between 1508 and 1512. He painted the Last Judgement over the altar, between 1535 and 1541, being commissioned by Pope Paul III Farnese. This monumental fresco covers the entire end wall of the chapel.
The detail shown here depicts the Creation of the World. According to the biblical story, God created the world in 6 days. First, He separated light from darkness; then parted waters from the sky and the earth; on the fourth day He put a sun and a moon in the sky; on the fifth day He created all the animals; and on the sixth day He created a man in his own image. On the seventh day God saw that all his work was completed and blessed that day and rested.