Sistine Chapel frescoes are safe for 500 anniversary, museum director assures
Catholic World News - October 30, 2012
Michelangelo’s famous frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel are not being damaged by tourist traffic, the director of the Vatican Museums has assured readers of L’Osservatore Romano.
In an interview with the Vatican newspaper, Antonio Paolucci said that “advanced technological provisions” have been made to remove dirt and dust and to regulate temperature and humidity in the Sistine Chapel, in order to preserve the artwork.
A prominent Italian art critic, Pietro Citati, had suggested that the enormous traffic of tourists through the Sistine Chapel was endangering Michelangelo’s masterpiece. Roughly 5 million visitors view the chapel every year.
Pope Julius II, who commissioned Michelangelo’s work, celebrated its completion by celebrating Vespers in the Sistine Chapel on October 31, 1512. Pope Benedict XVI will mark the 500th anniversary of that date when he, too, celebrates Vespers in the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday, October 31.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($168,714 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!