NYC and the Up Close: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibition

When I was recently in New York, I was fortunate enough to stumble across an amazing exhibit at the Oculus called “Up Close: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel”. This was a limited exhibit of Michelangelo’s iconic works of art. Although there was a fee to walk around the exhibits and view them up close, there was no charge to view the works around its periphery.

This exhibit occurred from June 23 – July 23 in The Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center, but it will travel to various other cities for exhibition: six weeks at the Garden State Plaza from September 1 – October 15, and then six other cities: Los Angeles, Sacramento, Seattle, Chicago, Annapolis, and San Diego. If you’re close by, you don’t want to miss it!


My first view of inside the Oculus was traveling down the escalator into the very spacious interior. This is both a mall with many nice shops and a hub for the PATH train station, so if you’re waiting for someone arriving on the train, there’s so much to do and see in here.


The exhibit was rather large, yet it still didn’t take up a lot of floor space!




The architecture of the building is so unique, it feels like you’re either in a cathedral or inside a whale!


Each of the artworks had a description next to it.



While there was a lot to read, it was the artworks I was most interested in seeing. I liked how they highlighted specific aspects of the artworks since I usually focus on the overall work of art.

This is definitely a must see if you’re a fan of Michelangelo, the Sistine Chapel, architecture, or art! Let’s just wander around the exhibit:









I hope you enjoyed viewing this exhibition as much as I did! Are you planning on seeing it in person when it travels to different cities! Thanks for reading!


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