Famous Ceilings: History & Art Resources for Students

Art is more than just paintings or statues. Through history, art has been a source of relaxation and inspiration for people across the globe. Many older works of art, like the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, are still appreciated and admired with a sense of wonderment today. It is important that kids learn to appreciate art, as it can help stimulate their own imagination and sense of creativity. Art lessons, visits to museums, and visits to the local library are some of the many ways in which adults can stimulate that interest.

Art Lessons for Kids

In many cases, young children enjoy drawing, coloring, and creating various other forms of art. During their younger years, art helps children with simple yet necessary tasks such as recognizing colors and shapes. In addition, through art, children can learn to pay attention to detail and improve upon their ability to concentrate. Although the skill to create great works of art may not be present, participation in art serves as a means of expression and creativity. Schools often teach younger children through art lessons, and older kids may have art programs that they can participate in. Parents can also help their children explore art at home, as there are many resources that are available to them. These resources can be found online and offline and are suitable for both parents and teachers. For example, museums are a great art resource, and many offer programs or lessons specifically for kids. Books and even television are also beneficial art resources.

The Sistine Chapel and Other Famous Ceilings

One of the most famous ceilings in the world is located within the Sistine Chapel in Rome, which is visited by as many as 25,000 people daily. The ceiling, which was brought into vivid reality by Michelangelo, was created in a four-year period between 1508 to 1512. Although it is one of the artist's most recognizable works, Michelangelo originally did not wish to take the commission, as he did not consider himself a painter. In addition, the artist was already committed to another project at the time. Nine scenes from the Book of Genesis compose much of the ceiling, one of the most famous being "The Creation of Adam." Although the frescoes have endured the passage of time, some of the scenes still required touching up or restoration. The most recent restoration took place over a 19-year period from 1980 to 1999.

The Sistine Chapel is far from the only famous ceiling in the world. In the U.S., there is the Library of Congress and the stained glass skylights located on the ceiling of its Great Hall. Also in the United States, there is the Chicago Cultural Center, which is home to an art-glass dome. The Dome of the Imam Mosque in Iran; Dharma Hall in Kennin-ji in Japan; the Blue Mosque in Istanbul; the Church of St. Ignazio in Rome; and the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles, France, are all home to ceiling works of art that are both grand and famous.

  • Student Pages: Homework Help: Open this link to the Student Pages page on State Rep. Tim Krieger's website. Visitors to this page will find links to homework help, current events, and other government sites.
  • Renaissance Resources: View a list of renaissance resources by clicking on this link to the University of Arizona Department of German Studies.

Rising Above the Rest

Many places can benefit from an interesting, unique, or eye-catching ceiling, not just famous landmarks. People have added an artistic touch to buildings such as homes, businesses, college facilities, and government structures. Look up next time you're out and about. You just might see something interesting or beautiful.




Shannon Kringen © 2015