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The Flood is the very fresco with which Michelangelo Buanarotti began painting the Sistine Chapel. At first, the Italian master was not confident in his abilities and even involved skilled frescos from Florence in his work.
But time passed, and now Buanarotti, being not satisfied with the work of the assistants, sends them back and continues painting the walls on his own. As in all his works, Michelangelo explores the nature of man in the Flood, his actions under the influence of misfortunes, calamities, catastrophes, and the reaction to what is happening around. Several separate fragments form a whole mural, where a real tragedy unfolds. In the foreground, a group of people trying to escape on a tiny piece of land, huddled together like a herd of frightened sheep.
A man is trying to delay the impending doom for himself and his beloved by lifting her onto his back. The child in despair hid behind the body of his mother, who seems to have surrendered to Fate. The young man crawls along the trunk of a tree, hoping to avoid death. On the right, another group hid themselves with a piece of canvas in vain attempts to hide from the stream of water that came down from heaven.
A small boat sways on the restless waves, where there is a struggle for a place between the sufferers distraught with horror. And in the distance the Ark swims, into the walls of which several people pound, furiously trying to be allowed inside and saved from the approaching water.
The mural characters behave differently: someone clings to the last chance, clambering literally on the backs of others, someone reaches out to help, someone wants to sacrifice the elements of his neighbor in order to extend the extra seconds. But the only question that worries everyone who will disappear under water in a moment is - why should they die and for what? But the sky is silent, and only continuous streams of water pour on the unfortunate earth.
Trumpeters of the First Horse