Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition, a new show featuring recreations of segments of the artist's original artwork reproduced as close to original size as possible, is opening in St. Louis tomorrow.
Taking over the 27,625-square-feet that make up the second floor of America's Center, the exhibit will stay open through January 10.
There is one thing that the St. Louis exhibit will offer that the original in Rome probably won't ever be able to, and that is the ability to get pretty close up to the designs. Given that the Sistine Chapel is actually curved and pretty high up above on the site's ceiling, visitors have a hard time taking in the details of the work. In St. Louis, the state-of-the-art technology used to recreate portions of the artwork have allowed the exhibitor to adapt each image slightly and for gazers to focus in on details from close proximity.
"In order for the observer to fully engage and comprehend the artwork, the paintings have been reproduced in their original sizes," reads the exhibit's official website. "The overwhelming impression for the observer will be the dimensions of the art, the closeness to the picture and the modern style of the exhibition."
In total, expect 34 displays that include the iconic The Last Judgement and The Creation of Adam to overwhelm your senses (in a good way, of course).
As for sanitation and cleaning procedures, you shouldn't worry: America's Center has actually recently been bestowed a GBAC STAR, an international accreditation that honors the destination's commitment to a safe and healthy environment. Guests will have to abide by social distancing measures, they'll have to submit to temperature checks and agree to use face coverings. Surfaces throughout the space will also be constantly cleaned.
Ready to truly delve into the work of one of the greatest artists in history? We suggest you snag some tickets to the show right away, which you can find right here.
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