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The Sistine Chapel - Michelangelo's Masterpiece and More



The Sistine Chapel - Michelangelo's Masterpiece and More

The Sistine Chapel

Michelangelo's Masterpiece and More

A talk by Professor Judith Testa


February 22nd at 6pm

Italian Cultural Institute

500 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450




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The Sistine Chapel - the most visited religious site in Rome - is more than merely a setting for Michelangelo’s famous frescoes. Most visitors come to see Michelangelo’s paintings, but they tend to ignore the chapel itself. Furthermore, visitors often fail to understand the meaning of the paintings: those on the ceiling, as well as the ones on the back wall and the side walls. What messages are these paintings intended to convey? Are they separate, isolated units, with no meaningful relationship to one another? Or do they form a coherent whole and a single, understandable message?
Professor Testa will present the Sistine Chapel in a way that visitors and armchair travelers can understand both its individual decorative programs and its overall significance. It’s not necessary to recognize every one of the hundreds of figures on the walls and ceiling, but a general idea of what the imagery consists of, and what it means, can contribute greatly to everyone’s enjoyment of this jewel of the Italian Renaissance.


Judith Testa was born in New York, and came to Chicago to attend graduate school at the University of Chicago, where she received MA and PhD degrees in Renaissance Art History. She is an emerita professor who taught history of art at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Since retiring, she spends at least two months of each year in Rome, the place she calls "the city of my soul". She writes book reviews, travel and history articles for Fra Noi, the monthly magazine of the greater Chicago area Italian American community. In addition to many scholarly publications, she is the author of three books for the general reader: 'Rome Is Love Spelled Backward (Roma Amor)' - essays about Rome’s major monuments and personalities; 'Sal Maglie. Baseball's Demon Barber' - the biography of a 1950‘s New York baseball star; and 'An Art Lover's Guide to Florence'.


Free and open to the public.


Data: Mer 22 Feb 2017

Orario: Dalle 18:00 alle 20:00

Ingresso : Libero