The Prophet Joel.
 Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475-1564

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Title:The Prophet Joel

What follows is a comment upon the Sistine Chapel figure of the prophet Joel, from the following: Life and Early Works (Michelangelo: Selected Scholarship in English), by William E. Wallace. Routledge, 1995, pg. 16.

"Joel is informed by a higher energy of spirit than the Delfica [Delphic Sibyls], expressing a contrast of principle that will persist throughout the ceiling between the male force of the Prophets and a lesser spiritual vigor in the Sibyls. More not only than the Delfica but than his companion Zachariah, Joel makes the spectator know that Michelangelo will henceforth speak about a new dimension of humanity. Joel's controlled energy and scale of form convey that they are the reciprocal of a state of mind: he makes the impression of a being magnified in body and spirit far above the normal status of humanity."

Artist:Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475-1564
Building:Sistine Chapel
Country:Vatican City

Scripture:Joel 2:23-32
Person as Subject:Joel (Biblical figure)
Lectionary links:CProp25

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Attribution:Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475-1564. The Prophet Joel, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved February 26, 2024]. Original source:,_profeti,_Joel_01.jpg.
Record Number:54225 Last Updated: 2021-11-12 15:22:49 Record Created: 2009-02-11 13:23:24
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition