Traveling to the Vatican to see the Sistine Chapel isn’t feasible for most Americans right now, but luckily there’s a way to see Michaelangelo’s famous artwork without even leaving the country. Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition is opening tomorrow at America’s Ballroom in America’s Center in St. Louis. The exhibition displays recreated large segments, almost to scale, of the original stunning work.
A representative for the exhibition told Lonely Planet, “This exhibit is unique because it magnifies one of the world’s greatest artistic achievements for everyone to see. The exhibition features 34 displayed reproductions, including the internationally recognized The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement. You can truly become overwhelmed by the details of the art as each ceiling fresco has been reproduced in its near original size using state-of-the-art technology. More importantly, due to COVID-19 and travel restrictions, this exhibition allows visitors to be safely transported to the Vatican all while never leaving St. Louis.”
The exhibition was created with photographs taken after the original ceiling’s restoration in the 1980s and ‘90s, and even includes a display showing the differences in The Last Judgement scene pre- and post-update. An audio guide will also be available in English and Spanish.
You can visit the exhibit Thursday through Sunday starting November 6 and until January 10, 2021. Timed ticketing is in place to ensure social distancing, and masks are mandatory while inside.