Michelangelo Buonarroti 1475 – 1564

Noah's Drunkenness

fresco — 1508-1512 Museum Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

Michelangelo Buonarroti biography

This work is linked to Genesis 9:21

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On the left Noah is working in his vineyard. After drinking too much wine he falls asleep, undressed. His son Ham finds him and alerts his brothers. Shem and Japheth then cover their father with a blanket, without having a look at him.

When Noah wakes up, he finds out what happened. To punish Ham, he curses his son Canaan.

This is a fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

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