The Sistine Chapel (Pocket Edition)
Every day at least 20,000 people, with peaks of 25,000 during the maximum visitors flow, visit the Sistine Chapel. They are people who come from all over the world, who speak different languages, who have various cultures, and who practice different faiths. In fact, the Sistine Chapel is the fatal attraction; it is the object of desire for the international population of the Museums and for the migrants of the so-called cultural tourism. Nevertheless, the Sistine Chapel is not a museum although it is part of a museum tour.
It is about a religious space; a consecrated Chapel. It is the real place of identity of the Roman Catholic Church, because right here the great liturgies are celebrated, and the Cardinals gather to elect the Pope. At the same time the Sistine is the synthesis of the Catholic theology.
Antonio Paolucci is the author of this splendid volume in pocket format. Italian Art Historian, formerly Director of Vatican Museums, he was Minister for Cultural and Environment Heritage and Superintendent of the Polo Museale in Florence.
Size 17 x 24 cm
Over 208 images
Cover with French flaps, colour process printing, and matt plastification with trims of UV silkscreen varnish on the titles
Edition translated in 8 languages
Bilingual edition; Italian / English
…to be read prior the visit and probably even at the end of the visit, because it helps the visitor to fully understand the reasons that led - between 15th and 16th centuries - to the creation of this supreme masterpiece of art and of human spirituality. The volume discloses both the message proposed by the images, and the styles and painters (Michelangelo, but also Botticelli, Perugino, Ghirlandaio, and Signorelli) who gave form to the message in itself.
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