The Great Flood





Image source: Michelangelo, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Michelangelo depicts the scenes from the Torah as a triptych.
There are three groups made up of three panels each, for a total of nine panels.

An interesting detail about the triptych as a form of artwork is that
the climax of the narrative is not positioned chronologically at the end,
nor strategically at the beginning.
On the contrary, it is always found in the central piece.

This stylistic point therefore helps explain
why Michelangelo painted The Great Flood,
which is the culmination of the story of Noah,
between two lesser-known events that, as a matter of chronology,
both come after the Flood, namely:

(1)The Drunkenness of Noah, consequent upon his planting the first vine, and
(2)The Sacrifice of Noah, which he offered to God after coming out of the ark.