A LIFE-SIZE, UP-CLOSE, NEVER BEFORE SEEN PERSPECTIVE
APRIL 13TH, 2019
AUGUST 23, 2020
extended due to popular demand!
OPEN TUESDAY - SUNDAY
HOURS OF OPERATION:
$18 General Admission
$12 Seniors (62+) / Military / College students with ID
$9 Children 7-18 years
CATHEDRAL CULTURAL CENTER
ON THE CHRIST CATHEDRAL CAMPUS
13280 CHAPMAN AVENUE
GARDEN GROVE, CA 92840
GROUP VISIT AND FIELD TRIPS
We happily welcome group visits and field trips to Sistine Exhibit. Group pricing for groups of 10 or more people and student group pricing for educational groups of 10 or more is available with advance arrangements. Please use the “contact us” section below and we will get back to you!
Please note, the exhibit will be closed on the following dates:
April 10th, 2020 - April 12th, 2020 (Easter Triduum)
July 4th, 2020 (Independence Day)
From corporate events to reserving the space for photography sessions, we do it all! Get in touch to book your event with us.
ON THE CHRIST
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition recreates the awe and wonder of arguably one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements while allowing its visitors to experience this art from a new perspective.
With special expertise and care, the ceiling paintings from the Sistine Chapel have been reproduced using state of the art technology. In order for the observer to fully engage and comprehend the artwork, the paintings have been reproduced in their original sizes. The overwhelming impression for the observer will be the dimensions of the art, the closeness to the picture, and the modern style of the exhibition. As a result, the visitor can explore the artwork up close at a distance impossible to achieve in the Sistine Chapel.
The introduction and information in the pre-show area of the exhibition will prepare visitors for a new staging of Michelangelo’s works and awaken their curiosity. The exhibition is an innovative and unique interpretation of Michelangelo’s timeless masterpiece. Guests who have already visited the Sistine Chapel will find a new way of observing the art. Visitors who have never seen the originals will be intrigued and inspired to visit the Sistine Chapel at some time in the future.
We invite you to plunge into the universe of Michelangelo.
THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED EXHIBIT COMES TO THE CHRIST CATHEDRAL CAMPUS.
You will not find many people that are unfamiliar with Michelangelo’s famous fresco, “The Creation of Man,” in which the two outstretched index fingers seem like they could move at any moment. The simple structure of the painting symbolizes nothing less than the origin of humanity, the ensoulment of the first man by God. It forms part of the wall and ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel that brought Michelangelo Buonarroti worldwide renown.
While visitors to the Vatican Museums in Rome can marvel at these frescoes only from afar, “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition” now offers the opportunity to observe these masterpieces close up, in the form of reproductions. The exhibition takes us up onto the scaffolding during restoration for a new perspective. After centuries of use, the paintings in the Chapel had become covered in such a thick layer of dust and soot, and as a result of this deterioration the brilliance of the original luminous colors had all but disappeared. It was not until the comprehensive restoration work carried out in the 1980s and 1990s that the true richness of color in the wall and ceiling frescoes could once more be observed. The exhibition illustrates the restoration and allows us to view the monumental paintings from a distance of only 4 meters, as opposed to the usual 20 meters. “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel” thus brings an entirely new perspective to this work by Michelangelo and acts as a form of art in its own right.
Michelangelo used the 800 m² surface to showcase his entire talent as a painter. His heavily-populated compositions recount events from the Old and New Testaments, from the story of creation to the “Last Judgment." Michelangelo was however loath to accept this task, as he saw himself more as a sculptor than a painter, and had come to Rome in 1505 to sculpt a mausoleum for Pope Julius II. The following year’s commission to paint the Sistine Chapel therefore came at an inconvenient time for Michelangelo. Julius II originally wanted the theme to be the Twelve Apostles.
Michelangelo however found this proposal “poor” and instead decided on a complex ceiling fresco composed of numerous different scenes.
The paintings and their sequence have intrigued people to this day. Michelangelo painted the story of Creation, across nine panels on the shallow barrel vault. However, whereas such a cycle typically begins with the creation of the Earth and humanity and ends with the fall of man and banishment from Paradise, Michelangelo includes scenes from the life of Noah. Additional Biblical scenes, representations of prophets, and the sibyls of antiquity also make their appearance. A painted architecture frames the images and lends a clear structure to the dynamic ensemble.
On November 1, 1512, after 4 ½ years of work, the ceiling frescoes of the Sistine Chapel were solemnly inaugurated. Michelangelo achieved this accomplishment largely without assistance and under difficult conditions. Around 20 years later, in 1536, he returned to Rome. Clements VII, the successor of Pope Julius II, wanted a redesign of the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo then worked until 1541 creating the “Last Judgment,” with Jesus in the center as the great judge separating humanity into the chosen and the damned.
SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR :
TEACHERS & ADMINISTRATORS
Welcome! We are happy that you are interested in bringing your students to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition.
The exhibit focuses on Michelangelo’s contributions to the Sistine Chapel: namely the artwork from the ceiling and the Last Judgment. By bringing the artwork closer, we hope the visitor will be able to appreciate these famous masterpieces from a new perspective.
The traveling exhibit will be in Orange County until August 23rd, 2020.
Educational Tickets and Transportation
Student group ticket pricing is available for 10 or more students at $8 per person and this includes the chaperones. To obtain the educational group rate, please contact Marcia Vojtech at email@example.com with the date you are planning to come.
Optional audio guides are available for rent at $3 per device. If one listens to the entire audio tour and watches all of the video clips on the TV, the exhibit will take about 90 minutes to complete.
Use of personal headphones with our audio guides is both welcomed and encouraged. Audio devices are compatible with most headphone jacks. (3.5mm headphone jack).
Teacher / Chaperone Information
Teachers and adult chaperones play a crucial role in exhibit visit. Photography without flash is allowed. Please inform your students your group’s agenda for the visit: how long they will be in the exhibit, whether or not your group will be visiting the Christ Cathedral Shop, and any lunch plans after your group’s visit to the exhibit. Remind students to be considerate of other visitors and to speak with indoor voices.
Parking and Drop off Information
The closest lot for student drop off is at lot P7 followed by lot P5 (please see the attached map). Buses can drop off in P7 but need to park in P1 or P2.