After much success in cities around the world – Chicago, Shanghai, Berlin, Vienna and London to name just a few – the marvel of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition came to Leeds. Many locals have sauntered through the doors of Versa Leeds Studio to take a closer look at the Renaissance-style masterpieces – and it’s been such a big hit that now dates have been extended! You can take a visit yourself until November 20.
What can you expect at this Sistine Chapel exhibition?
Don’t worry, there’s been no elaborate art heist or any sci-fi, ‘the upside down’ type of scenario at work here. The original 34 frescoes are still safely back in the Vatican City, and have been masterfully recreated through the use of high-definition photography and a special printing technique that emulates not only the look, but also the feel of the real thing. Each striking biblical scene and vivid colour – think emerald-greens and citrine-oranges – has been reproduced in all its splendour for you to admire up close.
One of the most fascinating elements of Michelangelo’s work of art is his expressive use of the human form. In this exhibition, you’ll get to see his attention to detail in every figure depicted: from the sinewy muscles draped with billowing robes to the deep set eyes of a frowning face. This is a chance to take in the distinctive brushstrokes and intricate features of the Italian artist’s paintings from a completely unique and immersive perspective. You’ll be sure to discover all manner of things you may not have seen gazing up from the marble floors of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City.
If you fancy a more in-depth look at the artistic process behind the breathtaking frescoes, then there will be audio guides and informative signage throughout the exhibition. By the time you emerge, you’re sure to be a Michelangelo buff reeling off facts and sharing the inside story on the Sistine Chapel whenever you get a chance.
Visit the immersive Sistine Chapel exhibition this weekend, or next; whenever you can, before doors close on November 20. Just grab your ticket, head to the Versa Leeds Studio and prepare to lose yourself in Michelangelo’s incredible artistry.