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Episode #45: Shock Art: Michelangelo's The Last Judgment (Season 4, Episode 6)

Episode #45: Shock Art: Michelangelo's The Last Judgment (Season 4, Episode 6)

Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor quality, or just bad when they were first made. With the passage of time comes a calm and an acceptance. But that doesn’t change the fact that there are many works peppered throughout art history that were straight-up shocking to the public when they were first presented decades, or even hundreds of years ago.

Today's work of "shock art:" Michelangelo's The Last Judgment.

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Episode Credits

Production and Editing by Kaboonki. Theme music by Alex Davis.  Logo by Dave Rainey. Social media assistance by Emily Crockett. Additional writing and research by Valerie Genzano. 

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Links and further resources

Ted.com: How the Sistine Chapel spawned a public relations nightmare

Khan Academy: The Last Judgment

Source: Notes in the History of Art: The Meaning of Michelangelo's Minos

The Lives of the Artists, Giorgio Vasari

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