Michelangelo’s gallery at The Gateway brings frescoes closer to people.

A new gallery in the gate brings photos of the Sistine Chapel a little closer to people.

(Palak Jaiswal | The Salt Lake Tribune) Visitors to the exhibition look at details of “The Last Judgment,” part of Michelangelo’s travel in the Sistine Chapel: The Exposition, shown here on April 28, 2022. The exhibition will be on display day at The Gateway in Central Salt Lake City, April 29 to June 19, 2022.

When Martin Bialas visited Rome some time ago, he expected that his tour of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City would allow him to experience the artistic grandeur of Michelangelo’s frescoes in all their ornate glory.

The story goes that what he experienced was a four-hour streak, a ban on taking pictures, and a glancing at the ceiling, 60 feet high, before coming out just 15 minutes later.

It was this experience on a trip to Rome that inspired Bialas, CEO of Special Entertainment Events (SEE), to create “Sistine Chapel Michelangelo: exhibition. It’s a mobile, life-size re-creation of the artist’s frescoes – 34 copies in total, making images like “The Creation of Adam” and “David and Goliath” on Earth where humans can see them in detail.

The show opened Friday, April 29, at The Gateway Shopping Center—the basement of Flanker Kitchen + Sporting Club—at 16 N. Rio Grande, Salt Lake City. It will be there until June 19. Hours of operation are from 11 AM to 5:30 PM from Wednesday to Saturday, and from noon to 4:30 PM on Sundays; Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The visit usually takes between 60 and 90 minutes.

Show tickets are $23 per adult, with discounts available for students, military, and seniors. can be purchased from feverup.com/salt-lake-city.

(Palak Jayswal | The Salt Lake Tribune) A visitor films “David and Goliath” on their iPhone, in a preview of “Michelangelo at the Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition” on April 28, 2022. The exhibition will be on display at The Gateway in Downtown Salt Lake City, April 29 – June 19, 2022.

Bialas licensed the images from the Vatican seven years ago, according to Sylvia Noland, director of business development for the traveling gallery. Michelangelo’s portraits—created between 1508 and 1512 commissioned by Pope Julius II—were taken in high-resolution photography, and transferred to canvas by a technique called “deco technique.”

The paintings show brushstrokes, the rickety textures of plaster – an integral part of frescoes, which were created by applying pigment to wet plaster and mixing in color. High-resolution images allow colors to appear more saturated.

Noland said that when she visited the church, “When I left [it] It was kind of like, “Well, who are the people over there?” You know, I’d like to know who they are.”

These questions are answered through the audio component of the exhibition. When visitors enter the exhibition, they are handed listening devices. They can point the device at a black box on a caption card next to each image, and hear a description.

(Palak Jayswal | The Salt Lake Tribune) Visitors listen to the guided audio tour of the travel preview “Michelangelo at the Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition” April 28, 2022. The exhibition will be shown at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City, April 29 to June 19, 2022.

“You go up and listen and tell you what the story is behind the painting and why the Pope and Michelangelo chose these themes and the importance they play in history,” Noland said. “That’s the best part about this whole thing.”

Younger viewers may find the sound system cumbersome and the explanations a bit lengthy. For visitors who wear hearing aids, they can pair it with the audio guide, and adjust the volume as needed.

The exhibition ends with the most famous images from the Sistine Chapel: Michelangelo’s depiction of scenes from Genesis, including God’s creation of Adam and Eve, their expulsion from Eden, Noah’s sacrifice and the flood. The panels are suspended from the room’s ceilings, so visitors can experience the same neck strain they might encounter when seeing the real works.

The gallery room ceiling is industrial, with exposed wooden beams and everything – minimalist style, seemingly to avoid a distraction from Michelangelo’s art.

(Palak Jayswal | The Salt Lake Tribune) Michelangelo’s “Genesis” series, suspended in the air at “Michelangelo at the Sistine Chapel: The Exposition,” seen here April 28, 2022. The exhibition will be shown at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City, from April 29 to June 19, 2022.

The Sistine Chapel Gallery is the latest in a series of traveling art galleries, including shows by Vincent Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo, that aim to bring great art to large numbers of people – redefining the idea of ​​who can experience such classic artwork.

Noland said that not everyone can afford a trip to Italy to see the Sistine Chapel. Also, the exhibition allows for the luxury of time not available in the Vatican – which sees an estimated 30,000 tourists dayor 6 million a year.

“That way, I can sit here for as long as I want and study and enjoy this painting,” said Noland, his favorite picture of David and Goliath. “That’s really all about enjoying the art.”

Some of the boards may have a crowd of people trying to take pictures of their social media accounts, Nuland said. She joked, “Everyone wants to stand up and have his image touch the finger of God.”

(Palak Jayswal | The Salt Lake Tribune) Sylvia Noland, director of business development for Michelangelo at the Sistine Chapel: The Exposition, in front of the “Creation of Adam” photo, April 28, 2022. The exhibition will be shown at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City From April 29 to June 19, 2022.

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