The full title of the show presented at the Auditorium Conciliazione is called Giudizio Universale, Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel. It is a viewer-immersive experience made together with the Vatican Museums scientific advisors.
A journey through time
Everyone sitting in the auditorium can expect to be taken on a journey through time. The voyage begins in the 16th century in the quarries of Carrara and a search for the most perfect piece of marble. The passion within Michelangelo, his passion for finding that perfect piece of stone can be witnessed as you view the performance in front of you as the artist finds the rock he requires to sculpt the most iconic statue of all time “David”. Michelangelo was without doubt, an artist; his sculptures are testament to that. He was also a writer of poetry and a painter. It was for these talents that he was commissioned by Pope Julius II to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
The Sistine Chapel
The next stage of the story appears before the gathered audience inside the Sistine Chapel and how it looked before Michelangelo began to work on creating his masterpiece. The story takes the audience on a journey to discover through the eyes of Michelangelo the lateral paintings that preceding Italian masters had created upon the chapel walls and ceiling. During this section of the show, the paintings come alive and express their humanity as well as the creative processes used by the artists when they were created.
The year after the ceiling fresco was completed and the Sistine Chapel for the first time became the Papal conclave where meetings convened when electing the new Pope would take place. The symbols on the ceilings come alive at this point in the story to give the audience an interpretation of this timeless rite.
Pope Clement VII
Positioned at the end of the Papal conclave the audience is now (through the eyes of Michelangelo) in front of the new Pope. Pope Clement VII orders Michelangelo to create for him, a new fresco on the Sistine Chapel’s main wall.
The Last Judgement
This new challenge brought on by a moment of inspiration allows the audience to visualize Michelangelo creating a powerful fresco which completely goes against previous traditions to produce the Last Judgement. You will become completely immersed into an emotional and spiritual experience.