Posts Tagged ‘Sistine Chapel’

Vatican closed: Tour the Sistine Chapel free

Monday, March 30th, 2020

After a few weeks of social distancing, even — we hate to say it —Netflix is starting to get old. Same goes for all of the audiobooks and podcasts you’ve downloaded to cure your boredom. Luckily, there are countless virtual tours of museums, theme parks, and gardens to enjoy in these times. St Peter’s Square Read more

Fancy seeing the Sistine Chapel like Michelangelo did?

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Fancy seeing the Sistine Chapel like Michelangelo did? New photographs of the Sistine Chapel’s artworks have been presented in a massive book that shows them in 1:1 ratio. In other words, the photos show the artworks as the actual size Michelangelo painted them. The book will enable art lovers to have a close-up view of Read more

The Gap

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

In 1977, work began on the ceiling of the Sistine chapel ceiling to remove 500 years of incense and candle smoke from Michelangelo’s paintings. When the chapel was opened again in 1989, not everyone was happy with the result. The colours were so bright some people saw them as gaudy, and believed Michelangelo’s masterpiece had Read more

Sistine Chapel replica opened in Mexico City

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

A temporary life-sized replica of the Sistine Chapel has been put up in Mexico City as a private art project. The replica, which has been approved by the Vatican, is open to the public until June 30. The replica was created using more than 2.7 million photographs printed on cloth and hung from a metal Read more

Francis orders Vatican audit including Sistine Chapel

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Pope Francis has ordered an unprecedented external audit of the Vatican’s wealth, including St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. The audit will look at financial investments, real estate and cultural assets. It will be performed by Price Waterhouse Coopers and will start immediately, said Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi, SJ. Assets that would never Read more

Sistine Chapel made available for corporate event

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

The Sistine Chapel has been opened to a corporate function for the first time, in order to benefit Pope Francis’ charities. Porsche enthusiasts paid 5000 Euros each for a multi-day tour of Rome, which included an exclusive concert inside the Sistine Chapel and a dinner in the Vatican Museums on Saturday. The “Art for Charity” Read more

Sistine Chapel improvements to protect great artworks

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

A more powerful air-conditioning system is being installed in the Sistine Chapel as breath and sweat from visitors threaten to damage artworks. Since Pope Francis was elected in March, 2013, more than 5.5 million people have been through the chapel. This amounts to 20,000 a day and 30,000 on Sundays, when entrance is free. But Read more

Touring Michelangelo’s Rome

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Michelangelo had been on his back for 20 months, resting sparingly, and sleeping in his clothes to save time. When it was all over, however, in the fall of 1512, the masterpiece that he left behind on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome would leave the world forever altered. Born in 1475 to Read more

Francis election: The story from the Sistine Chapel

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

The election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Borgiglio was a surprising outcome, and even if Bergoglio suspected something was up, few others did, including many of the cardinals in the Sistine Chapel with him. “I think it all came together in an extraordinary fashion,” Chicago Cardinal Francis George told the Chicago Tribune. George said Bergoglio’s name Read more

Opinion: No splits in the Sistine Chapel

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Benedict’s decision to resign left people wondering, “Why at this time?”  There seemed to be good reasons for such a decision to be made later. He had initiated a “Year of Faith” in October 2012; it would have made sense to leave his resignation till the end of the year of Faith. He has completed Read more