Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition is Coming to Memphis

Take a trip to the Vatican City without even packing a bag! The internationally acclaimed exhibit runs May 5 - June 10, 2023 at the Renasant Convention Center.

people stand in front of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel exhibit piece
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel

What is Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition?

This event brings reproduced pieces from Michelangelo’s iconic ceiling paintings from the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel in a format that allows people thousands of miles away to see face-to-face. No need to travel all the way to Vatican City to see it.

The exhibit features 34 reproductions including world-renowned pieces like “The Creation of Adam” and "The Last Judgment.” You may not know the names but you’re likely very familiar with the work. You can see half of “The Creation of Adam” in the photo below.

Using a special printing technique, the artwork gives an authentic look at how the paintings appear in the chapel down to every detail, brushstroke, and color. 

With 34 pieces, there’s plenty of opportunities for a photo-op.

Tickets start at $22.50 for adults, $19 for children (4 to 12-years-old), and $21.50 for senior citizens, students and military. Group ticket discounts are also available. Presale tickets are on sale now here. Look for the 10% off button when purchasing your tickets.

couple embracing with half of The Creation of Adam showing
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition
Two women look at Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel recreation
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition

Fun Facts About the Sistine Chapel Ceiling

He used a fresco technique - meaning it’s painted directly in wet plaster meaning there’s no way to see the original work unless you visit the Sistine Chapel. 

This work is one of the most prolific works of High Renaissance art which is more impressive considering Michelangelo was more of sculptor than painter.

The paintings portray pivotal scenes from the Bible with the main scenes coming from the Book of Genesis from the creation of Earth, Adam and Eve, and Noah.

Michelangelo was a little petty. During the creation, someone complained about the nudity in the artwork. That someone later found himself depicted in the painting as Minos, judge of the souls, in hell. The piece shows him surrounded by serpents that were trying to bite at his genitals.

red carpet separating artwork at Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition
three women sit on flooring looking at Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition in background
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition

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Hello! I'm Jalyn Souchek, the Director of Content for I Love Memphis Blog! I love calling the 901 home. When I'm not running the blog you can find me cheering on the Grizzlies, at a concert, exploring a new restaurant or kicking back at one of our breweries. I hope you'll love experiencing Memphis with me.

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