'Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition' Will Be Coming To Manila

The exhibit has been bringing Michelangelo’s masterpiece closer to audiences worldwide, offering a never before seen perspective of the Italian artist’s technique and skill. 

Michelangelo was a legendary artist; besides being a sculptor, he was also a brilliant painter, poet, and architect during Italy’s Renaissance period. As such, his portfolio of incredible works is an extensive one that includes Pieta (a Carrera marble statue depicting Jesus lying in the arms of his mother, Mary) and David (the exceptionally large statue of a picturesque man that encompasses the Renaissance ideals of “perfect humanity”). 

Portrait of Michelangelo (oil on wood, c. 1544)
Portrait of Michelangelo (oil on wood, c. 1544)/Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Among the Italian artist’s greatest pieces is the Sistine Chapel ceiling—which isn’t a singular piece of art, but rather, a collection of majestic frescoes painted from 1508 to 1512. One of the most iconic parts of this expansive work is The Creation of Adam, which depicts the first man receiving life directly from God himself. 

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo
The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo/Photo from Wikimedia Commons

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While Filipinos can travel to Rome’s Vatican City just to see the timeless marvel in person, the process may take a while. One would have to acquire a visa and set aside a great deal of time in their schedule just to plan the trip. 

A section of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling
A section of the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling/Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Thankfully, art enthusiasts need not wait too long to witness the grandeur and beauty of the chapel ceiling, as the global exhibition entitled “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel” will be making a stop in Metro Manila.

The installation has been featured in various parts of the U.S., Europe, and Asia Pacific Region. It aims to showcase the “awe and wonder” of Michelangelo’s work, allowing visitors to experience it “from an up-close, life-sized, and never-before-seen perspective.”

A sample of how the exhibition will look like
A sample of how the exhibition will look like/Photo from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition Philippine’s official website

34 of the artist’s amazing frescoes will be exhibited, each one created using advanced printing technology that emulates the look and feel of the original works. As such, viewers will get to see “every detail, every brushstroke, and every color” of the frescoes, according to the official website—which is something they won’t be able to do in the actual Sistine Chapel, given the height of its ceilings. 

A picture of the exhibit in Toronto, Ontario
A picture of the exhibit in Toronto, Ontario/Photo via Instagram @chapelsistine

Images will also be accompanied by informative signage and rentable audio commentary, so visitors can not only appreciate Michelangelo’s visual feats, but also learn more about them. The exhibit will take place from July 1 to September 30, 2023 at the 2nd floor of Estancia Mall in Capitol Commons, Ortigas. While its organizers have yet to release information on ticket pricing and further details, the website for the Philippine exhibition is already available for viewing.

Photo Banner via Instagram @chapelsistine.

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