The Sistine Chapel: A quest for the ultimate art book #ArtTuesday


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Only 22 thousand dollars for a copy. This publication is so detailed that imperfections, artist’s brush strokes and the paint texture are visible, Via Abe books

A five-year collaboration between the Vatican and two publishers has resulted in a luxury three-volume elephant folio-sized art book called The Sistine Chapel that includes 1:1 scale images of the masterpieces by Michelangelo, Botticelli, and other Renaissance artists.

This limited edition – now available for purchase via AbeBooks – was created after two photographers took more than 270,000 images over 65 consecutive nights while the Sistine Chapel was closed to visitors – a photographic assignment of biblical proportions. A 33-foot-tall scaffold – which was constructed and taken apart each night – helped the photographers get up close and personal with the famous art decorating the walls and ceiling. More than 500 years ago, Michelangelo also employed a scaffold to paint the ceiling.

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