The center of the ceiling is composed of nine scenes from Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament. These panels are surrounded by portraits of important individuals from the Bible. In total, 343 figures are incorporated into the scenes. These include characters from well-known narratives—including the story of Adam and Eve and the Great Flood—as well as Jesus' ancestors, those who predicted his birth, and Ignudi, or nude males.
The Separation of Light from Darkness
The Creation of the Sun, Moon and Vegetation
The Separation of Land and Water
The Creation of Adam
The Creation of Eve
The Fall of Man and the Expulsion from the Garden of Eden
The Sacrifice of Noah
The Great Flood
The Drunkenness of Noah
Examples of Figures
The Prophet Daniel
The Delphic Sibyl
Jesus' Ancestors, Jesse, David, and Solomon
Today, the Sistine Chapel remains both a popular tourist destination and highly religious site. Roughly 25,000 people view the spectacular ceiling each day, proving the lasting legacy of one of Michelangelo's most well-known works and of the striking art of the High Renaissance.