Sistine Chapel Comes to Philadelphia

Philadelphians can get an up-close view of the famous frescos that adorn the ceiling and walls of the Sistine Chapel in a unique new exhibition.   

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition allows visitors to see the famous works from a new perspective.  

The exhibition features recreations of the 34 frescos that cover the walls and ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome from the instantly recognizable “Creation of Adam” to the enormous “Last Judgement”. 

Each fresco was recreated using high-definition photographs and a special printing style. Depth and texture are given to the prints which emulate the look and feel of the originals making this exhibition a truly unique experience. 

Each work is accompanied by a plaque that gives a brief description of the fresco including where it’s placed in the Vatican. This allows visitors to see how the seemingly unbroken mural is actually a patchwork of individual pieces.

Each recreation is true-to-size allowing viewers to see details in the frescos that would normally be invisible to the naked eye such as cracks and shadowing as well as take in the stunning size of these artworks. “The last judgment” for example is 45 feet long and 40 feet wide.

The exhibition will continue to tour the United States and Canada before moving overseas to Europe, Australia, Central America, and East Asia. 

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