Michelangelo’s infamous frescoes are arriving in the city this Thursday (February 10), recreated in all their elysian glory for you to admire up close. The fascinating Sistine Chapel exhibition is set to take place at Trafford Palazzo, adorning the space with the Renaissance artist’s breathtaking biblical depictions: every fluffy cloud, curled tendril of hair and cherubic face will be shown in sparkling clarity.
Trafford Palazzo is found in the labyrinthine expanse of Trafford City, though if it doesn’t ring a bell you may recognise it more from its previous name: Barton Square. There, a dedicated area – situated across from Primark and next to Silentnight – will be getting an extra special, centuries-old lick of paint in the form of Michelangelo’s 34 frescoes, which will stretch from floor to ceiling.
With its gilded classical statues, Roman-style courtyard fountain and marble columns, the shopping centre is the perfect place to set the scene before seeing the Italian Renaissance masterpiece. Leave behind the bustle of shoppers and step into the pages of the Book of Genesis, which Michelangelo has painstakingly brought to life with nothing but a paintbrush and a palate.
All this is possible thanks to high-definition photography and a special printing technique, which ensures every splash of colour, sweeping brushstroke and intricate detail has been faithfully reproduced for your viewing pleasure. Plus, you know you’re in good hands when LA-based SEE Global Entertainment (SEE™) are behind the wheel, with the company having produced a wealth of themed exhibitions including King Tut, Titanic and Frida Kahlo.
When you soak up the painted world of Michelangelo you might start to wonder a little about the artistic process that went into creating the work of art. Luckily, there will be informative signage and audio guides at hand for the curious; shining a more in-depth light on how the Sistine Chapel got its incredible ceiling decoration back in 1508.
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition will transport you to the Vatican City in the blink of an eye, just without any of the stresses of organising flights or planning your exploration from a crumpled map. Instead, you’ll be able to take in the work of art without stepping foot outside Manchester. If you’re looking to get your culture fix but haven’t managed to scrape together the funds to jet off abroad, then this is your answer. Make sure you grab tickets to witness the masterpiece from a never-before-seen perspective.