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The papal master of ceremonies, Biagio de Cesena, was particularly opposed to Michelangelo’s work. He felt it was shameful that such a holy place should house a representation of all those nude figures. He went so far as to say that the paintings were appropriate "for the public baths and taverns," but not for a papal chapel. Michelangelo reacted to the criticism by painting his detractor’s likeness in the fresco as Minos, the judge of hell, with donkey ears and a snake biting his genitals. It's said that when Cesena complained to the Pope, the pontiff replied by saying that his authority reached Purgatory, but not Hell, so the portrait would have to remain.

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