Sistine Chapel in Vienna
It is amongst the most spectacular and valuable sights in the world: the Sistine Chapel in Rome, with its unique frescoes by Michelangelo. Thirty-four fresco replicas of this masterpieces in almost the original size can be seen in the autumn in Vienna’s Votive Church. The church is twice the size of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican and the ideal place to give Michaelangelo's works the space they need. The high-quality photographs of the restored frescoes, which serve as a template for these exhibitions, come from the image archive of the Austrian star photographer Erich Lessing.
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475-1564) incorporated his ideas about the story of Creation, the Flood and the forefathers of Christ into the frescoes. He worked on the paintings in the Cappella Sistina (named after Pope Sixtus IV) on behalf of Pope Julius II between 1508 and 1512. In the center is the more than 150 m² "The Youngest Court", with almost 400 larger than life figures, which forms the highlight of the exhibition with its original size of 13.7 x 12 meters.