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A Different View Winchester 1 (Solent News & Photo Agency)

We are excited to host the must-see event of 2019, the exhibition of Michelangelo’s famous Sistine Chapel masterpiece.

The exhibition displays Michelangelo’s world-famous work up close for the first time, giving visitors unprecedented access to the artist’s magnificent paintings which adorn the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.

This is the only exhibition showcasing the entire set of works and is officially licensed by the Vatican Museums. One of 50+ pieces, including a 6mx6m painting of the Last Judgement, this experience allows visitors to view superb reproductions of the elaborate paintings of the Florentine master from a distance of only two metres, with no time constraints, meaning they will be able to appreciate fully their beauty and fine detail.

The exhibition will be supported by an extensive programme of unique events and family-friendly activities throughout the six weeks. A full programme will be announced early September. Be the first to find out what is happening by signing up to our newsletter below or like the exhibition Facebook event.

Venue: Hull Minster
Date: 8th October - 18th November
Entry: Free

Programme of events released early September 2019

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 To create the exhibition, high resolution versions of photographs taken of the frescoes in the 1990s during the grand restoration are transferred onto special fabric webs to create highly-detailed display panels. This technique allows a true-to-life reproduction of the paintings and gives visitors an otherwise impossible close-up view of Michelangelo’s brushwork.

By separating the paintings into a series of panels, the exhibition allows art lovers to study closely individual elements of the overall artwork and specific aspects of Michelangelo’s artistry.

It means that, for the first time, the elaborate reproductions allow visitors an intimate closeness to the magnificent frescoes – a privilege only a handful of people have enjoyed before the “A Different View” exhibition was created.

Previously, visitors to the Vatican Museums in Rome have only been offered an overall impression of the frescoes on the walls and ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The works are 22 metres above visitors’ heads, making it impossible to admire the work in all its splendour and detail.

Now, far away from the enormous streams of visitors to the Sistine Chapel, visitors to Hull Minster will have the opportunity to take in the breathtaking paintings at their leisure.


 In 1508, Pope Julius II commissioned sculptor and painter Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni – known simply as Michelangelo – to paint the huge ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Michelangelo and his assistants spent four years on scaffolding under the vaulted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel creating his astounding Renaissance masterpiece. Faced by the challenge presented by the chapel’s architecture, he developed unique painting techniques, setting new standards for future generations of artists.

Michelangelo was originally commissioned only to paint the 12 apostles, but persuaded the Pope to let him depict scenes and individuals of his own choosing. Consequently, the chapel is peopled with more than 300 characters from the Bible.

The work was completed in 1512 and has been adored by artists across the world for more than 500 years as well as being admired by more than five million visitors each year to the Sistine Chapel.

The complex artwork includes the most famous painting of them all – the “Creation of Adam”, a depiction of God giving life to the first man – which forms part of the new exhibition. Another major attraction is a spectacular six metres square reproduction of Michelangelo’s “The Last Judgement”, which covers the whole of the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel.


 We will being releasing more details about the Sistine Chapel exhibition over the coming weeks. If you would like to be among the first to hear about everything happening at Hull Minster sign up below.

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