Much cheaper than hopping on a plane and flying to Italy, the exhibit, entitled “Up Close: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel,” features nearly life-size reproductions of the elaborate artwork on display at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican City.
While it’s not the real deal, the exhibit’s photographs are probably the closest thing to it. And you can actually walk around and photograph the art, which is strictly prohibited at the Sistine Chapel. The photographs, taken by photographer Erich Lessing, show off 34 well-known frescoes such as “David and Goliath,” “The Fall of Man and Expulsion from Paradise,” “The Creation of Adam,” “The Creation of Eve” and more. They are spread out across the main level of the Oculus, complete with descriptions and audio guide references.
Among the smaller images is one gigantic photograph of “The Last Judgement,” which takes up an entire altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City.
The photographs also show the cracks in the frescoes, which is a growing concern for those looking to preserve the art some 505 years after Michelangelo finished it.
The exhibit is perfect for those who have never traveled to the Vatican City and for those who didn’t get enough time to admire the frescoes in all their beauty.
It’s only fitting that a grandeur exhibit graces the transportation hub that itself took a decade and billions of dollars to build. Michelangelo’s traditional art in an all-white modern space brings about a wonderful contrast.
Pricing starts from $15. The exhibit is open and runs until July 23 between the hours of 10am and 9pm. If you miss the exhibit at the Oculus, you can view it in New Jersey starting on September 1.