When I told my friend I was going to see the Sistine Chapel this morning, she said “How are you going to get there in time?”
So she has missed Hull Minster’s publicity campaign then. The exhibition, officially licensed by the Vatican, allows you to see Michelangelo’s paintings without craning your neck to look at the ceiling. Or bothering to go to Rome.
The reproductions are on easels around the minster, and on the floor of the choir, with an enormous Last Judgement in front of the high alter. I managed to go when there weren’t too many people around, and it was well worth the trip. If there are more people, there will be a certain amount of waiting for a turn to look at each picture. I have heard some people say that they couldn’t see some pictures because three or four people were standing in the way. I must say that if I had been organising this display, I don’t think I would have started with a series of A3 size pictures on low easels. That caused a bit of a hold up, and doesn’t give a good impression of the display to come.
The display is open from Monday to Saturday until 18th November tickets 2019. Free tickets are available from Hull Minster so you can choose your time slot.
Here is a collage of some of my pictures. Unfortunately, the reproductions have a glossy finish, so you can see the ceiling lights reflected in those that are on the floor. You can also see the scaffolding as the sun shines through the Last Judgement. Which might be telling us something…