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To the right under Christ's feet is Saint Bartholomew. In one hand, he holds the knife with which he was flayed alive; in the other, he holds his skin (all in one piece) after it was stripped off his body. The face on the dangling skin is a self-portrait of Michelangelo. One of the interpretations of this is that it might reflect Michelangelo’s tortured spirit—at the time he was painting this image, he was elderly and experiencing a crisis of faith. There is also another interpretation: since he hadn’t wanted to accept the commission of painting the mural, he felt he’d rather be skinned alive than do that job.

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