Billowing robes, coiled serpents and gleaming shields can all be found in Michelangelo’s biblical painting, but may be a little hard to spot from the marble floors of the Sistine Chapel. Luckily, this mesmerising exhibition gives you the chance to see every intricate detail – without the need for binoculars, risk of neck ache or even the need to jet over to Italy. Instead, you can witness the iconic work of art without stepping foot outside Manchester, as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition is coming to the city this February.
This unique exhibition is the brainchild of LA-based SEE Global Entertainment (SEE™), who, funnily enough, specialise in global touring exhibitions. Manchester will soon be joining cities such as Chicago, Shanghai, Phoenix, Berlin and Vienna, who have got to see the elysian frescoes of the Sistine Chapel up-close in all their life-sized, high-definition glory.
It is thanks to some digital wizardry – aka state-of-the-art technology, licensed high definition photos and a special printing technique – plus, plenty of special expertise and care that this exhibition has come to fruition.
From the moment you enter, you will be immersed in the painted world of Michelangelo, every biblical figure and narrative laid out right before you. You could almost imagine standing on the artist’s special scaffolding back in 1508: watching the piece grow with every brushstroke, outstretched fingers just centimetres from the vaulted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in a striking parody of it’s arguably most iconic image, The Creation of Adam.
To truly get an insight into the Italian artist’s inspiration and process behind the frescoes there will be informative signage, or, for an even deeper dive, audio guides that are available to rent. Whether you’ve already paid a sunny visit to Rome to see the masterpiece in its historic home and fancy a second look, or are hoping to lay your eyes on it for the first time, make sure you don’t miss out on tickets.