Reproductions of frescoes from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel arrive at Columbus

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Even those fortunate enough to visit the Sistine Chapel in Rome are unlikely to be able to get the best view of MichelangeloFamous frescoes from: The Creation of Adam and other tales from Genesis and the Bible, and the spectacular “Last Judgment”. The paintings are on the vaulted ceiling at a height of 72 feet – and with more than 5 million people visiting the chapel each year, the hall is packed with tourists.

Now a traveling exhibition of reproductions of the frescoes, “Michelangelo – A Different View”, tours, including a stop from December 22 to Greater Columbus Convention Center. Approved by the Vatican Museums in Rome, the exhibition includes more than 50 large reproductions of the frescoes which are displayed not on the ceiling but on the floor where visitors can walk.

“Visitors have the opportunity to explore more details about the art without a crowd,” said Leslie Nutter, sales and marketing coordinator for the Greater Columbus Convention Center. But, she added, “nothing beats the story of Michelangelo’s frescoes on an in-person visit to Italy.”

"Heroic tales"

Italian sculptor and painter Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (known simply as Michelangelo) was born in the Republic of Florence in 1475. On the commission of Pope Julius II, he created the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel between 1508 and 1512. Most likely, he did not paint while lying on his back, as one biographer speculated, but painted on scaffolding, probably in the ‘discomfort when standing with the head tilted back.

The Sistine Chapel, considered the most visited hall in the world, underwent restoration between 1982 and 1994, after which a Japanese crew filmed the chapel. Photographic slides were produced from the frescoes in the format 200 x 250 mm for the Vatican Museums. A series of photo slides was made available to the German company Exhibition 4 You, producer of “Michelangelo – A Different View”. The slides were reproduced and transferred to tissue strips.

The Sistine Chapel is Michelangelo's masterpiece.

“Michelangelo – A Different View” began its tour in Cologne, Germany, in 2016 and has been exhibited throughout Europe, Australia and the United States. The exhibit can be shown in different cities at the same time and will be shown in Auckland, New Zealand at the same time as Columbus.

At the entrance to the exhibition are reproductions of frescoes from the “Quattrocento”, scenes from the life of Jesus and Moses painted in the 15th century by Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Domenico ghirlandaio and Cosimo Rosselli – paintings that Michelangelo would have passed on the way to paint his frescoes.

The Michelangelo exhibition has four sections: Genesis with nine images; a section of heroic tales, the 20 Prophets and Sibyls, and the Last Judgment, which vary in size from city to city, depending on the facility. In Columbus, it will be 13 feet by 13 feet.

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In one look

“Michelangelo – A Different View” runs from December 22 to January 23 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St. (Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day, and Martin Luther King Jr. .) Tickets, $ 10 to $ 17, must be purchased in advance at https://bit.ly/MichelangeloCBUS. Visitors must wear masks. For more information, visit www.columbusconventions.com.

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