In 1508, Painters Had Trouble Finding Work. Yet Michelangelo Produced This Magnificent Piece Of Art

Geometry Level 1

In 1508, Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Julius II to repaint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The project was so large in scale that Michelangelo was suspicious that his enemies were setting him up for failure, and he considered turning it down.

But Pope Julius II insisted that none other than Michelangelo should paint paint the chapel's ceiling. A craftsman of impressive speed, Michelangelo set himself to finishing the project in 4 years. The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel measures 40 meters long by 13 meters wide. If Michelangelo paints 11 square meters of the ceiling each month, can he finish in time?

1) Yes.
2) No.
3) Maybe.
4) There is not enough information given in the problem.

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