The Adoration of the Brazen Serpent

WAG 1995.352


A drawing of one of the four spandrels of the Sistine Chapel. The drawing is framed within a shape of two joined halves of spandrel, depicting a scene where a figure in the centre is wrestling with a large serpent. Those people on the left of the canvas, who are drawn a little smaller than those on the right, embody piety and purity, whereas those on the right, sinners, are writhing in agony and tumbling around, coiled in snakes. Dividing these two groups of people is the brazen serpent on a pole high up in the centre of the composition.