When it comes to seeing great works of art, there’s often a lot of travel involved for Australians. But now that Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition is open in Perth, we are able to get a unique perspective of one of history’s greatest works of art right here in our very own backyard. However, it’s not going to be open for much longer and tickets for the remaining dates are being snapped up real quick.
The awe-inspiring exhibit, which will soon be off to another Australian city as part of its global tour, popped up at Fremantle’s The Naval Store a couple of months ago. While the walls of the Vatican City have not been cut up and transported Down Under, this new exhibition offers visitors the chance to get up close and personal with the famous frescoes without jetting off to Italy, without insufferable crowds and without straining your eyes and neck.
Everyone who has attended has been able to appreciate the beauty, the wonder and the immensity of Michelangelo’s work thanks to licensed high-definition photos and a special photo-printing technique, which have been used to recreate the life-sized displays of paradise and the biblical figures that have decorated the Sistine Chapel for 500 years. But, don’t just take our word for it. Read some of the reviews left by guests below.
Sistine Chapel: The Exhibit reviews
“Fantastic, beautiful insight into incredible work.” – Fiona Wigger
“What a fabulous experience, totally mesmerising!!” – Anna Sheehy
“As someone who’s unfamiliar with art and the history, context and methodology behind this work, it was phenomenal. I was so moved by the artwork. Highly recommend this exhibition to anyone.” – Yvonne Van Zyl
“Very informative. We learnt much more than when we visited the Sistine Chapel.” – Mark Pescud
“Amazing! We’re not “art” people but we really enjoyed the exhibition.” – Jo Ng
“Something I will always remember, unless I somehow get to the real place one day, 😉😁.” – Ashleigh Campion
“Very pleased that the images had NOT been photoshopped, all the cracks gave you a real feel for the age of the artworks.” – Martin Quinlan
“Took me back to the Vatican 40 years ago! Stunning.” – Jo Harwood
“The commentary on each of them opened one’s eyes even wider, as for once I understood what I was looking at.” – Wieslaw Szymeczko
Extra-special expertise and care has gone into the process to emulate the look and feel of the original paintings, with the reproduced artworks truly showcasing the awe of one of mankind’s greatest artistic feats. The exhibition includes such famous pieces as The Last Judgement and The Creation of Adam—you know, the one that’s been parodied a thousand times over—as well as all the brilliant colours and the minute detail of the human form in every pose.
Visitors to the Sistine Chapel exhibition at The Naval Store will not only be able to examine every aspect of the 34 frescoes just as they were first envisioned by Michelangelo, but they will also be able to engage with the artworks in ways that are not possible when in Rome. As each image is accompanied by informative signage and audio guides are available for an even more in-depth experience, you can go dropping facts and knowledge to your friends.
Whether you have already stood on the marbled and coloured stone floors or are planning a trip to The Eternal City in the future, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition is a fantastic complement to the real deal. You will not be rushed through or face crowding from strangers as you take in the many intricate features. And here in Perth, you are also allowed to capture your experience in photos without getting told off by security.
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition is an innovative interpretation of the timeless masterpiece, which was painted in the artist’s signature fresco style on the freshly plastered walls and ceilings of the Apostolic Palace in Rome, Italy between 1508 and 1512.
Visitors can marvel at it soon with this cutting-edge creative display of one of the world’s most famous interior paintings. Ticket prices will start at $25.40 for adults and $18.00 for children, which includes audio guides.
Don’t miss the chance to experience a part of Rome in Western Australia.