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RPBaiaoMay 30, 2016: Ceiling of the Sistine chapel in the Vatican Museu, Vatican City

Get on the waitlist for this Sistine Chapel exhibition now

Your chance to see a true masterpiece up close

Written by Rhian Daly

In London, we’re spoiled when it comes to art. Want to see some Warhol, Constable, Sergeant or Picasso? Easy – just head to one of the city’s many great galleries. Things are about to get even better, though, with the arrival of one of the greatest artworks in the world. 

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel paintings are considered one of the most “supreme masterpieces” in art history and, soon, us lucky Londoners can marvel at them, without straying too far from home. Of course, the chapel itself hasn’t been airlifted over from Rome, but some clever clogs at LA’s SEE Global Entertainment company have figured out how to use modern technology to reproduce the paintings without losing any of their quality so more people can enjoy them. 

The infamous ceiling paintings have been reproduced using licensed high-definition photos of the originals and a special photo printing technique that makes the results look and feel as if they’ve come straight from Michelangelo’s hand. When they arrive in London at a secret location (TBA soon), they’ll also be hung conveniently for taking every corner in, without having to crane your neck. 

If you want to know more about the paintings than what you can see with your own eyes, there’ll also be lots of signs telling you the stories behind them, plus audio guides to help you go even deeper. It’s also a steal to visit – tickets will start at £11 for adults and £8 for children. Not bad for a world-renowned masterpiece. 

Tickets will go on sale at 10am on July 29, but you can get on the waitlist now. The exhibition will arrive in London in October 2021. Head to the website for more details

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