Sistine Chapel art illustrates parallels between Moses and Christ

For too long, the 10-foot-high pieces of artwork illustrating the parallels between the lives of Moses and Christ were literally in the dark.

Until the soot from centuries of burning candles could be cleaned off and the treasures created by a team of Renaissance fresco artists including Botticelli, Rosselli, Signorelli, Ghirlandaio and Perugino could be examined closely, few people recognized the significance of the work on the long walls of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican.

"For LDS people, the parallels between the lives of Moses and Jesus are logical. The overall schema of these wall paintings makes sense because understand that there was a plan laid down for the world and that signs would be given so people would know (when the real Christ came)," said John W. Welch said in a recent Campus Education Week presentation at Brigham Young University.

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