|Heston's Michelangelo was no Ben-Hur with paint on his face.|
|In some ways, Stone's The|
Agony and the Ecstasy is
better than Lust for Life.
|Irving Stone rests on his laurels (top). Director Carol Reed |
instructs Michelangelo (Heston) in how to paint ceiling frescoes.
|Notice, Michelangelo is not even mentioned.|
|Even with makeup, Heston bore only a passing resemblance to|
Michelangelo. The painter was in his early thirties when he did the
Pope's ceiling. Heston was ten years older when he did the movie.
|If Heston bore little resemblance to Michelangelo,|
Rex Harrison looked nothing at all like Julius II.
|Bramante was the primary architect for St. Peter's Basilica.|
Contessina de' Medici was a fictional character.
|How to paint a ceiling in 138 minutes.|
|Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. He even designed the uniforms seen here for the pope's Swiss Guards.|