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Full-sized replicas of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes on view at The Croft

Special Entertainment Events, Inc. presents a three-month run of its renowned Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition in downtown Phoenix. The immersive art exhibit features 10,000 square feet of replicas of the artist’s frescoes that adorn the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. The Croft Downtown, located in the historic Warehouse District, hosts the show through Feb. 14.

Revered for its likeness and globally acclaimed, the exhibition has brought unique experiences to hundreds of thousands of visitors around the world, in locations such as New York City, Shanghai, Berlin, Bogota and Vienna.

The exhibition includes 34 panels of the frescoes produced in their near-original size. Among these reproductions are masterpieces like The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement. The exhibit brings visitors within just a few feet of the frescoes, producing a once in a lifetime experience. 

“We are thrilled to bring this exhibit to downtown Phoenix and the state of Arizona for the first time,” says Martin Biallas, CEO of Los Angeles-based SEE Global Entertainment, producer of the Sistine Chapel exhibit. “People all over the world have been amazed to see Michelangelo’s work up close in such detail, and we’re glad the people of this state and region will have that opportunity as well.” Biallas is the original creator of the award-winning Titanic and Star Trek exhibitions, and of other successful global traveling exhibitions.

“We are overjoyed at the opportunity to host this unique experience for the region,” says Angela Karp, co-owner of The Croft Downtown. “Health and safety remain the highest priority, so our exhibition will be equally as safe as it is spectacular.” 

Art enthusiasts and the devout alike will find the exhibit provides an opportunity to encounter Michelangelo’s work in a contemporary, uncluttered, self-timed and in-depth way. Guests may enhance the experience with a downloadable premium optional audio guide, with accompanying narrative available in English and Spanish.

Adding to the experience, the exhibit features a small theater showing educational videos about Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel.

The 17,000-square-foot venue accommodates physical distancing guidelines provided by public health administrators. Guests are required to wear a mask at all times, and managed entry/exit (as well as timed-ticketing) will limit the amount of visitors in the exhibit at one time. 


Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition

Through Feb. 14, 2021

The Croft Downtown, 22 E. Buchanan St, Phoenix

For more information and tickets, visit chapelsistine.com.

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