Review by Hilary Dawes
An exhibition currently running in Manchester and well worth a visit is “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel”. The imposing Trafford Palazzo (part of the Trafford Centre) provides the ideal space for this one of a kind event, showcasing Michelangelo’s masterpieces which cover the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, whose grandeur would be impossible to view in such detail, even if visiting the chapel itself.
Each of the 34 frescoes has been brought to life in floor to ceiling format, using licensed high-definition photos, enabling the vibrant colours and detailed brush strokes to be viewed up close. Each image is accompanied by signage, outlining the artist’s interpretation of the subject and his possible reasons for its inclusion within the group.
Particularly breath-taking are the frescoes containing multiple figures, especially “The Deluge” depicting the Great Flood, and the stunning altar piece, created several years after completion of the ceiling, containing 390 highly detailed individual figures, portraying “The last Judgement”.
Having toured many cities of the world and now practically on our doorstep, this exhibition presents a unique opportunity to see something truly impressive. The event runs until 27th March and tickets are available via sistinechapelexhibit.com
Gain an up-close understanding of the artistic mastery and inspiration behind Michelangelo's brilliant works of art in the Sistine Chapel
Surround yourself in the artist's masterpieces under a life-size perspective
A one-of-a-kind experience! Brought to you by the organizers of the finest in themed exhibitions such as Star Trek, King Tut, Titanic, Frida Kahlo, Michael Jackson and more
True to size, hands-free, and perfect for our socially-distant yet innovative world
Opening hours: Wednesdays – Sundays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (last entry)
Duration: the visit will take around 60 to 90 minutes when accompanied by audio guides available for purchase, or 30 to 50 minutes without an audio guide
Location: Trafford Palazzo, on the ground floor near the main entrance directly across from Primark
Age requirement: all ages are welcome
Accessibility: the exhibition is wheelchair accessible
Please consult the FAQs of this experience here
Safety measures will be in place throughout the experience
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition showcases the awe and wonder of arguably one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements, while allowing its visitors to experience this art from an up-close, life-size, and never-before-seen perspective. With special expertise and care, the ceiling paintings from the Sistine Chapel have been reproduced in a truly unique way using licensed high definition photos. Brought to life using a special printing technique that emulates the look and feel of the original paintings, visitors are given a chance to engage with the artwork in ways that were never before possible: seeing every detail, every brushstroke, and every color of the artist’s 34 frescoes. Each image is accompanied by informative signage, and audio guides are available to rent for an even more in-depth experience. This globally successful exhibition is an innovative and unique interpretation of Michelangelo’s timeless masterpiece. Whether visitors have already been to the Sistine Chapel or not, everyone can admire the artwork up close, at their own pace, and with the ability to capture photographic memories of this iconic work.