By Michelle Leigh Smith

Imagine experiencing the beautiful and inspiring frescoes of the Sistine Chapel without being hustled and rushed.  Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel exhibition will be on display through July 31 at The Corinthian, 202 Fannin in downtown Houston.

Michelangelo’s renowned ceiling frescoes from the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, have been reproduced photographically and artfully displayed in their original size and displayed as 34 reproductions on 16-foot panels. The Houston exhibition, sponsored by Brilliant Lectures, is part of the American tour and one of three traveling the world.  Two others now are being shown in Europe and in China. Soft chamber music plays as visitors walk from painting to painting, at their own pace.  Audio taped descriptions are available with headsets for $2. This innovative interpretation of the timeless masterpieces can be viewed up close, including The Creation of Adam, the Creation of Eve, which depicts the initial representation of God in the frescoes, colorful portraits of  Daniel, Ezekiel and other prophets and the Sibyls.  At the far end of the Corinthian, The Last Judgment fresco dominates the room.  This daunting work took four years for Michelangelo to complete from 1537 to 1541.  Fortunately, marble seating is provided so viewers may spend some time in contemplation. The Last Judgment is one of the artist’s final works of art, famous for both its display of artistic genius as well as outrageous response from people due to its controversial content.

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