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Michelangelo’s frescoes of the Sistine Chapel

Michelangelo—A Different View

August 7-30, 2020


MacArthur Center
Second Level
300 Monticello Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23510
Downtown Norfolk

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Michelangelo—A Different View recreates the awe and wonder of Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel in ways never before possible. Using state of the art technology, Michelangelo’s timeless masterpieces have been reproduced for this historic exhibit. Only here can you explore this moving, exquisite art up close — at a distance impossible to achieve in the Sistine Chapel. A spectacular, family-friendly experience, located inside MacArthur Center!

Exhibit Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 7pm, last entry 6pm
Sunday 12pm – 6pm , last entry 5pm
Closed Mondays

This exhibit contains nudity and graphic images which may not be suitable for all.


Tickets:

$10, $5 students under 25.
Special event. Does not apply towards package discounts.
No other discounts. Additional fees apply.

Tickets available here, by phone at 282-2822, or at the exhibit of MichelangeloA Different View during Exhibit hours.

Tickets must be reserved for a specific entry time. Entry times will run every 15 minutes with limited number of guests per entry to allow for social distancing. Anticipated exhibit viewing time is approximately one hour.

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Credit cards only, no cash or checks accepted.



Parking Information:

There is plenty of affordable parking available at MacArthur Center. Prices vary by date and time:

Monday-Friday Rates: $1 for first 3 hours before 6pm, $2 every hour after that, before 6pm, after 6pm, a flat charge of $2.00, Maximum is $10

Saturday & Sunday Rates: $1 before 6pm, $2 after 6pm, Maximum $3 

 

WHAT MAKES THIS EXHIBIT INTERESTING?


There are many interesting aspects of Michelangelo—A Different View that make it an unforgettable and unique experience. Never before have the Vatican Museums given an official license for such an exhibit, and did so with the help of the exhibit’s scientific director, Prof. Dr. Arnold Nesselrath, director from the Vatican Museum.

Using state-of-the-art technology, the exhibit includes 48 magnificent images from the Sistine Chapel, brilliantly recreated with superb detail on a special, delicate fabric, and several on a world-class Alu-Dibond, a material trusted by modern photographers. The careful photo-real precision brings some of the greatest art ever made to a completely new setting—right here at home!

For a truly “different view,” the chapel’s stunning ceiling is placed flat on the floor, allowing for an intimacy no visitor to the Sistine Chapel can experience, making this exhibit a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 


DID YOU REPRODUCE EVERYTHING INSIDE THE SISTINE CHAPEL?

The exhibit focuses on Michelangelo’s contributions to the Sistine Chapel, including the artwork from the ceiling and Last Judgment. By bringing the artwork closer, we hope the visitor will be able to appreciate these famous masterpieces from a new perspective.


IS THE ARTWORK IN THE EXHIBIT THE SAME SIZE AS THE ORIGINAL IN THE VATICAN?

Because the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is curved, these reproductions are as close to the original size as possible. However, our mission was never to copy the entire ceiling, so some of the bordering elements such as the Ignudi angels and other framing devices are not included. It was necessary to crop some of the images in order to fit them into the display design, but rest assured: all key images from the Chapel are included in the exhibit.

WHAT COVID19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS ARE YOU TAKING?

Virginia Arts Festival Staff will:

  • Wear a mask.
  • Stay 6’ apart for social distancing.
  • Clean box office area throughout the day with disinfecting wipes.
  • Wipe down and clean high-traffic areas throughout the day.
  • Deep-clean the exhibit area daily.

Information for anyone attending the exhibit:

  • At least six feet of distance must be maintained between parties.
  • A mask is required at all times for visitors ages 10 and up.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance of the exhibit.
  • No cash or checks will be accepted on site.

CAN I TAKE PHOTOS INSIDE THE EXHIBIT?

Photography is strictly prohibited.


ARE THERE GUIDED DOCENT TOURS?

The exhibit is self-guided. Please explore at your own pace. Anticipated exhibit viewing time is approximately one hour.


CAN I BRING FOOD OR DRINK INSIDE?

No outside food or drink allowed inside the exhibit.


DO YOU ALLOW STROLLERS / WHEELCHAIRS?

Yes, your baby will have one of the best views in the house!

Wheelchairs are permitted but, the exhibit does not provide wheelchairs, however, MacArthur Center offers motorized carts and wheelchairs available for no charge at the Public Safety Office. MacArthur Center and the exhibit are fully wheelchair, walker, and motorized scooter accessible.


WHERE DO I PARK AND HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

There is plenty of affordable parking available at MacArthur Center. Prices vary by date and time:

Monday-Friday Rates: $1 for first 3 hours before 6pm, $2 every hour after that, before 6pm, after 6pm, a flat charge of $2.00, Maximum is $10

Saturday & Sunday Rates: $1 before 6pm, $2 after 6pm, Maximum $3