UPDATE: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel comes to life-size display in Houston, now through Aug. 16

July 10, 2018

HOUSTON — Deep colors and sweeping Scriptural scenes soar through the ceiling and walls of downtown Houston’s Corinthian event center, bringing Rome to Texas in an exhibition of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel reproductions through Aug. 16.

The 34 panels, exhibited in the original sizes of the frescoes, were photographed with Vatican approval when the Chapel restoration occurred in Rome. Copies of the timeless masterpieces, being shown at 202 Fannin St., hang between huge white columns, marble and high ceiling, giving viewers the magnificence and grandeur of the original paintings. 

Starting with the Genesis scenes of the Creation of Adam, the exhibit flows to the Temptation in the Garden of Eden and Noah and the Ark. The culmination comes with the Last Judgment as Jesus burst forth from the clouds and people are being sorted for heaven and hell.

In one chilling aspect, a naked man floating upside down is being pulled up by his legs by two angels struggling to raise him while a demon has the man’s arms pulling him closer to a gaping hole filled with fire.

Scott Brogan, founding director of Brilliant Lectures, said this is the first time that the exhibit has come to Houston after stops in Canada, the World Trade Center in New York, Berlin and China, among other tours.

“The beauty of the artwork appeals to all, but we hope specifically that the Catholic community comes to see the exhibit,” Brogan said.

An Italian bistro will be open during exhibition hours offering Italian coffee and other beverages, gelato, and a variety of lunch items. Tickets for “Michengelo’s Sistine Chapel” are available through www.chapelsistine.com.

Prices are $20 per person; $15 seniors and military; and $10 for students under 21. The hours for the exhibition are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Use promotional code: “ARCHGH” for a $5 discount off admission.