Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Comes to the Circuit of the Americas
Art lovers can experience a new perspective of the iconic Italian artwork through high-resolution photos and audio guides
By Emerson Taylor
Photos by SEE Entertainment & Bridgeman Images
“Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition” will soon be available in Austin’s own backyard at the Circuit of the Americas.
Thanks to the use of licensed high-resolution photos, attendees can take in 10,000 square feet of art, including “The Creation of Adam” and “The Last Judgment,” starting July 8 at the Circuit’s Paddock Event Center.
Accompanied by a 1.5-hour audio guide that shares the “who” and “what” of the many mystery prophets on the Vatican ceiling, the exhibition allows viewers to get up close and personal with Michelangelo’s masterpieces, complete with each individual brushstroke and crack of plaster.
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“These works were created over 500 years ago, and it is so special that people are able to come and see them face to face today,” says Sylvia Noland, Senior Producer for SEE Entertainment.
Making art accessible to everyone is the main priority, as patrons of the exhibit are able to purchase tickets at an affordable price, take photos to capture memories and observe the art for as long as they wish.
“This exhibit gives everyone the opportunity to have this genius artwork surround them,” says Noland.
Guests are invited to experience Rome, Italy in their hometown, as the exhibition travels from city to city.
“Austin is known as an art town,” explains Noland. “And I want all the Austin art lovers to be able to enjoy the wonder of traditional art, where you are able to just stand in front of a piece and appreciate it.”
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The exhibit opens Friday, July 8 at the Circuit of The Americas and will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through Aug. 28, with tickets available for purchase at chapelsistine.com. Guests are also invited to attend special events such as an Italian dinner, yoga in the Sistine Chapel and a Sip and Paint social hour.