Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: A Different View makes its UK premiere in Winchester, England’s ancient capital, this summer. The exhibition will be on show at three venues across the city: City Space and The Gallery in Winchester Discovery Centre and the 13th century Great Hall, home of the symbolic Medieval Round Table. The exhibition comes to Winchester after touring major European cities including Copenhagen and, most recently, Amsterdam.
Michelangelo’s work continues to draw millions of visitors to the Sistine Chapel, 500 years after they were painted, although few have had the privilege of being able to marvel close up at his incredible figures of saints, sibyls, prophets and the ceiling’s centrepiece, The Creation of Adam.
That is set to change with Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: A Different View. Officially licensed by the Vatican Museums, the exhibition will allow unprecedented closeness to the magnificent works which adorn the chapel ceiling, normally 22 metres above visitors’ heads.
The exhibition is split across the three Winchester venues due to its sheer size: the visitor journey begins at City Space on the ground floor of Winchester Discovery Centre, continues upstairs in The Gallery and finishes at The Great Hall, where a giant 6 metre x 6 metre panel of The Last Judgment, painted 25 years after the ceiling, will be on display.