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HOME : Sightseeing : Article Details for THE SISTINE CHAPEL
Oct 22, 2017
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THE SISTINE CHAPEL

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More listings for ItalyOne of the must-sees when you are in Rome is the Sistine Chapel, accessed through the Vatican Museums. The Vatican is actually the world's smallest state, an enclave within Italy. The Vatican museums house fabulous collections, accumulated by popes over the centuries. The Egyptian and Ancient Roman Art, or Renaissance painting and Greek statuary collections are outstanding.
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One of the must-sees when you are in Rome is the Sistine Chapel, accessed through the Vatican Museums. The Vatican is actually the world's smallest state, an enclave within Italy. The Vatican museums house fabulous collections, accumulated by popes over the centuries. The Egyptian and Ancient Roman Art, or Renaissance painting and Greek statuary collections are outstanding.

Once you made it to the Sistine Chapel, stay quiet (this is a requirement) and take a good look at Michelangelo's painted vault. Only a genius with an inspired brush could have painted this vast, moving composition of the creation of the world and of the Last Judgment. Some condemn the restoration (called excessive) for having made the patina disappear. But those should realise that Michelangelo had himself originally used bright colors, easily visible from the floor even with the lack of electrical lighting back in 1508, when he started working on the frescoes.

It would certainly be a shame to miss the side walls: Perugino, Pinturrichio, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Pietro di Cosimo, and other Italian artists, were the first to decorate the chapel and are unfortunately overshadowed by the ceiling.

Why is the Chapel called "Sistine"? - Because of Pope Sixtus IV, who was its founder and had commissioned the architect Giovanni de'Dolci, from Florence, for its construction and various Italian artists for its decoration.

Vatican and Italy have many other attractions that can easily justify several weeks on a discovery tour.

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