365 Days of Art: October 31 – Completed Sistine Ceiling Unveiled, Egon Schiele Dies
On All Saints Eve, an important date on the Catholic calendar, exactly four years and four weeks after beginning the project, the entire Sistine Ceiling is unveiled for Pope Julius and 17 cardinals for evening vespers.
Vasari the art historian, writes:
October 31, 1918
When the work was thrown open, the whole world could be heard running up to see it, and indeed, it was such as to make everyone astonished and dumb”.