See inside the Sistine Chapel Michelangelo exhibition opening at Hull Minster this week

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These stunning pictures show how a famous Hull landmark looks adorned in Michelangelo’s Sistene Chapel masterpieces as a breathtaking exhibition prepares to open to the public. 

Hull Minster will host a six-week exhibition of some of the world’s most famous works of art from the Sistine Chapel, beginning on Tuesday, October 8.

The exhibition, ‘Michelangelo – A Different View’, displays reproductions of some of the Italian artist’s most iconic work, including the world-famous ‘The Creation of Adam’ and the six-metre high ‘The Last Judgment’.

Hull Minster is one of only two UK venues set to host the exhibition, which has toured major European cities, and it is the first time the works have appeared in a religious setting outside of the Vatican.

More than 8,000 people have already booked to attend the exhibition, which is free to enter until Monday, November 18, but has paid entry time slots for smaller numbers of visitors to enjoy a more intimate viewing experience.



Jonny Bottomley with the six-metre tall reproduction of ‘The Last Judgment’

Jonny Bottomley, fundraising and marketing manager at Hull Minster, said: “The unique selling point is that you can literally bend down and get within inches of these paintings.

“You can see the brush strokes and all the details, even down to how long it took him to paint.”

That is because the Sistine works are fresco paintings, a technique where the artist paints directly onto wet plaster, merging with it as it dries.

Mr Bottomley also said Hull companies had supported the Minster in hosting the exhibition.

 

“Without the local companies supporting this it wouldn’t be a free event,” he said.

“Most other places have charged five or six pounds which is normal for this sort of thing, but we’ve been able to provide it for free – we want to reduce barriers to accessing art.

“It’s been to the top places in Europe so to have Hull there amongst those places it’s really great for the city, it’s a big cultural event,” he added.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is the six metre by six metre depiction of ‘The Last Judgment’, which adorns the entire altar wall of the Sistine Chapel.

 

The minster’s events coordinator James Symonds said getting the piece erected behind the choir stalls was a major feat of getting the exhibition ready.



Events coordinator James Symonds puts finishing touches on to the display

“It’s a unique space, so there’s always going to be that challenge of putting something big into a very tight space,” he said.

“But I’m definitely looking forward to it. It’s going to be a busy day tomorrow and a really busy week, especially the Saturday which is already sold out.”

 

Volunteer Margaret Wride said she had been learning about Michelangelo and his work to prepare for the exhibition’s opening.

“I love ‘The Last Judgment’,” she said. “The more you look, the more you see. I love the details and the colours.



Volunteers Margaret Dunn, Margaret Wride and Joan Hay at the exhibition

“I think that it’ll be very good, people can come in early with the tickets and have a proper look around and use the audio guide.

 

“It’s really good for Hull and for us to come and get involved and learn about the person he was.”

The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday 10am till 5pm, with extended times on certain days.

Tickets can be booked online, at the Hull Minster shop or on the door if the allocation for the time slot has not been reached.

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