The vault of the Sistine Ceiling covers 800 sqm of fresco painting. The largest figures consist of the Prophets and Sibyls of the ancient world, all predicting the coming of Christ. Above the windows the triangular spaces and lunettes are decorated with an array of men and women who await the birth of the saviour. There are four corner pendentives painted with scenes from the Salvation of Israel's people.
This page concentrates on the paintings in the centre of the Chapel's vault.
The centre of the Sistine Chapel vault is decorated with nine scenes from Genesis, four large and five small ones. Three of the episodes describe the Creation, three the story of Adam and Eve, and three tell the story of Noah. The paintings sequence is as follows, from the South end of the Chapel.
The Separation of Light and Darkness
The Creation of the Heavenly Bodies
The Separation of Land and Water
The Creation of Adam
The Creation of Eve
The Fall of Man and the Expulsion from Paradise
The Sacrifice of Noah
The Drunkenness of Noah
In the beginning God created heaven and earth .
And the earth was void and empty....Genesis.