Michelangelo comes to Hampshire

The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s painted masterpiece, is to come to Winchester this summer in a photographic project under licence from the Vatican.

For Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: A Different View the frescoes have been photographed, reproduced in high resolution and transferred to special fabric webs for a true-to-life close-up view that would one impossible in the chapel.

But because of the size of the exhibition it is split between three venues, a journey that starts in the Winchester Discovery Centre's The Gallery and moves via its City Space to the Great Hall, all operated by Hampshire Cultural Trust.  

“Michelangelo spent four years of his life on scaffolding under the vaulted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel painting probably the most famous frescoes in the world with his interpretation of the history of creation” said Ioannis Ioannidis, the trust’s cultural experience manager. “The technique used to transfer the images onto the fabric webs creates a true-to-life reproduction and gives a glimpse of the works, which, apart from Michelangelo, has so far been given to only a few people.”

Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: A Different View is at The Gallery and City Space at Winchester Discovery Centre and the Great Hall from July 5 to September 29. 

For more information and to book tickets, visit www.hampshireculture.org.uk/event/michelangelos-sistine-chapel-different-view


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