The production team chose Montreal for the global launch of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition mainly because the new exhibit space, Espace 1001 at the Palais des Congrès, was deemed ideal to showcase such a massive exhibit. The seminal work by the great Renaissance master Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), commonly known as Michelangelo, is the site of pilgrimage for millions of visitors to the Vatican in Rome each year. The modest chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it between 1477 and 1480. It depicts the lives of Moses and Christ in panel frescoes painted by some of the greatest painters of the time: Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Cosimo Roselli. But the main attraction is the ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, under the patronage of Pope Julius II. It remains a masterpiece of invaluable importance in the history of Western art and a simply stunning visual accomplishment.

The panels on display at Espace 1001 show the ceiling frescoes as they are now, restored to their original, brightly coloured glory in a massive, and controversial restoration project that took place between1984 and 1994.

Do not miss this exhibition.

 

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition

July 10 to October 12, 2015

Palais des Congrès/Espace 1001
1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle
(recommended entrance by 301 Saint-Antoine West)
Montreal

www.chapelsistine.com(lien externe)

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