Photo: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition/Facebook

Stand in Awe in Front of the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel Without Leaving the US

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by Eben Diskin Olivia Harden May 14, 2021

Traveling to the Vatican to see the Sistine Chapel isn’t feasible just yet, but luckily there’s a way to see Michaelangelo’s famous artwork right here in the US. After a successful showing in St. Louis, MO, and other cities, “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition” has announced new dates for 2021 in Chicago, IL; Charlotte, NC; and San Antonio, TX.

The exhibit displays recreated large segments, almost to scale, of the original stunning work. It 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.

Photo: Recreation of the Sistine Chapel for exhibition taking place in St. Louis starting November 6 2020.jpg

Last year, a representative for the exhibit 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.”

The exhibit will be in Chicago from May 19 to July 3; in Charlotte from May 1 to July 31; and San Antonio from July 11 to September 6, 2021.

A version of this article was previously published on November 5, 2020, and was updated on May 14, 2021, with more information.

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