A Virtual Tour of the Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. It’s one of the triumphs of Renaissance painting. The chapel’s walls were frescoed by Raphael, Bernini, and Sandro Botticelli. And then, between 1508 and 1512, Michelangelo painted the chapel ceiling, covering some 12,000 square feet, decorating it with 300 figures from nine Book of Genesis scenes. Thanks in part to Villanova University, you can now take a virtual, panoramic tour of the Chapel. Using buttons in the lower left screen, you can move around the room and zoom in on the paintings, including those on the ceiling. It’s been a while since I visited the Vatican. But, from what I remember, this virtual tour gives you a closer look than the average visitor gets.

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  1. Gothe says . . . | July 27, 2010 / 3:52 pm

    I put up a free 12min last judgment tour on our website, http://www.romavita.com that you can listen to while looking at this. Thank you for the panoramic

  2. Gothe says . . . | July 27, 2010 / 3:57 pm

    I will also have some free material on the ceiling posted in early August.

  3. Jugvgub says . . . | May 15, 2011 / 9:38 am

    wo amazing painting 

  4. athal says . . . | August 26, 2011 / 8:29 pm

    hi i found a lint to a vitual tour.which you can zoom and see the chapel. here is the link
    http://www.vatican.va/various/cappelle/sistina_vr/index.html

  5. Bethany Johnson says . . . | October 8, 2012 / 12:37 pm

    this stuff sucks!!!

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