The Sistine Chapel in Depth with Cecilia Martini - Context Travel

The Sistine Chapel in Depth with Cecilia Martini


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When we hear the words "Sistine Chapel", our minds might immediately turn to think of Renaissance master Michelangelo and the famous Creation of Adam. This conversation with a local Roman art historian and educator aims to unpick the narrative of the Sistine Chapel in greater detail, looking beyond Michelangelo. The large expanse is covered almost entirely with frescoes, the result of a project that was carried out by two Popes over a period of 75 years. We'll discuss both Pope Sixtus the IV and Pope Paul III and the various artists who were commissioned during their times from Sandro Botticelli to Pinturicchio.

Looking at the diverse range of Sistine Chapel frescoes together we will realize that Michelangelo's ceiling is merely one chapter of this impressive book of faith. If we don't know anything about the rest, it's almost impossible to piece together this magical Renaissance puzzle.

Join art historian Cecilia Martini for an analysis of the Sistine Chapel in this interactive seminar. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, we'll emerge together with a deeper appreciation of this Renaissance masterpiece and the history of the artists.

Cecilia is an art historian and a native Roman with a Master's degree in Medieval and Renaissance art from the Sapienza University of Rome. Although her specialty is painting and decorative arts, she has a broad knowledge of the history of Rome and a personal passion for ancient history, which she shares on many antiquity-themed itineraries. Cecilia has worked actively in the past as a lecturer, teacher, and curator of exhibitions. She had been a staff member of the didactive service of the Vatican Museums, the Galleria Doria Pamphili, and the Galleria Colonna where she still frequently consults. As a licensed guide for Rome and Florence and with a specialized teaching degree, she has more than 20 years of experience in leading highly-qualified tours.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.