Exhibition in the Sistine Chapel opens this weekend
Noland has fond memories of his visit to the Vatican a few years ago, but remembers how difficult it was not to be able to fully think back then. After all, the Sistine Chapel is a major tourist attraction that prevented one from embracing the majesty of the moment.
“You wait in line for hours, you only have 15 to 20 minutes when you come in, can’t take photos and then look up (at the ceiling) which is spectacular, but I wanted to know more.” She said. “I’m excited about this exhibition because everyone gets the chance to understand who is on the ceiling and why they were chosen, what their significance is for the story.”
““The exhibition is like a sanctuary, you are transformed into a completely different world,” said Martin Biallas, CEO of SEE Global Entertainment, in a press release. “When I visited the Sistine Chapel in Rome, there were long lines and we were rushed. This exhibition in the Mall at Fairfield Commons gives everyone the opportunity to see the amazing art at their own pace and up close for an affordable price and enjoy an inspiring and unforgettable experience. “
History of masterpieces
Most are familiar with Michelangelo’s legendary fresco “The Creation of Man”, in which the two outstretched index fingers of God and Adam almost touch. This piece is part of many narrative events from the Old and New Testaments, from the creation story of Genesis to the Last Judgment. The exhibition reproductions offer a new perspective based on the restoration work of the 1980s and 1990s, replacing the layers of dust and soot that eroded the original frescoes after nearly 500 years.
“Michelangelo never thought of himself as a painter – he thought of himself as a sculptor,” said Noland. “The Pope, who was quite powerful, got him to do this project. If you look at these (pictures) up close, you sit and think, “How can someone not think that they are an artist?” But the great thing about this exhibition is that you can see every brushstroke, every detail. “
A fun, theatrical element also helps in learning more about the artist’s handwriting.
“A comedian and an animated Michaelangelo character are joking with each other and it’s very cute,” she said. “(This experience) tells all the fun facts about Michaelangelo’s trial over the course of five years, painting on his back and directly on the plaster.”
Accept a trend
The international show had sold out openings across America in cities like Minneapolis, Phoenix, Charlotte, Charleston, Atlanta, and Nashville. Noland pays tribute to America’s current curiosity with traveling exhibitions honoring legendary artists, notably Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet. As the country welcomes a resurgence from the greats, she hopes audiences will be eager to bask in the wonder of the Italian genius.
“It’s nice to see that Michaelangelo is having his day and people come and see what his craft is,” she said. “Not everyone comes to Rome. And right now, in these times, especially with COVID, most people don’t travel. So why not give your kids a visual arts experience? This is a history lesson and there is something for everyone. It’s a cool way of bringing technology to art. I am impressed that the public is embracing the art. And we need more of the art. “
HOW TO GO ON
What: “Michaelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition”
Where: Former Elder-Beerman’s upper level in the Mall at Fairfield Commons, 2727 Fairfield Commons, Beavercreek.
When: For a limited time starting January 14th.
Cost: $ 19 for adults; $ 13.30 for teens; Discounts are available for seniors, students, military and family packages.
Tickets: Available Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
For tickets or more information: visit sistinechapelexhibit.com/dayton