Michelangelo comes to Fremantle, Part II

@JudyEv (274873)
Rockingham, Australia
May 11, 2022 5:36am CST
I wrote that we visited ‘Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition’ this morning. You can catch up here: https://www.mylot.com/post/3508554/michelangelo-comes-to-fremantle-western-australia The informative signage and audio guides allowed viewers to gain much more from the experience. The characters in the paintings were fully identified as were any activities on which they were embarked. I found this really helpful in interpreting the various frescoes. It was interesting that Michelangelo depicted some of his doomed characters (those descending into hell, for instance) with the features of his critics. Our tickets allowed us entry at 10 am and it was around 11.30 am before we left. It was a much more decorous crowd than what we experienced in Rome and we were encouraged to take as many photos as we wanted. After leaving the exhibition, we caught up with an old friend and enjoyed lunch in the old port city of Fremantle. It was a very relaxing day. The photo was taken by Vince and is a panoramic view of some of the frescoes on exhibition.
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@MALUSE (68171)
• Germany
11 May
I've also seen the original paintings in Rome. When you look at them for some time, your neck hurts! This does not happen in the exhibition you visited. Poor Michaelangelo, his arm must have hurt awfully when he was lying on his back and painted the ceiling above his head.
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@JudyEv (274873)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 May
We were up so close and personal, you had time to really see the details in the paintings. I got a stiff neck looking up at the originals too.
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@sharonelton (11061)
• Lichfield, England
11 May
Wow! It sounds like you had an amazing time.
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@JudyEv (274873)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 May
Yes, it was very informative and very impressive. There was no proper scaffolding then and no electricity so he had to paint using candles and lamps.
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@sharonelton (11061)
• Lichfield, England
12 May
@JudyEv Yes! It's amazing! I really don't know how he did it!
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@franxav (12714)
• India
11 May
I'd love such a day .
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@JudyEv (274873)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 May
The exhibition has travelled much of the world. We were lucky to see it in our small city.
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@LadyDuck (386418)
• Switzerland
11 May
I remember when we were told in school how Michelangelo painted, laying on his back. I am sure it was not at all comfortable, it was as incredible task, but he had to do it.
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@JudyEv (274873)
• Rockingham, Australia
12 May
The ceiling was 60 feet in the air so he had to climb a very tall ladder for starters. It would have been a terrible task.
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@LadyDuck (386418)
• Switzerland
12 May
@JudyEv It took 4 years to complete the job, but he could not say no to Pople Julius II, they had a serious argument and it was his way to be accepted again.
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@JudyEv (274873)
• Rockingham, Australia
12 May
@LadyDuck We were told he was sculpting the Pope's tomb and wouldn't be allowed to finish it unless he painted the ceiling.
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@FourWalls (42214)
• United States
11 May
That’s one way of getting back at your critics. I suppose saying “go to hell” wouldn’t have been accepted, so he painted them there!
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@FourWalls (42214)
• United States
12 May
@JudyEv — ooh, that’s mean. Think Michelangelo had a beef with him?
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@JudyEv (274873)
• Rockingham, Australia
13 May
@FourWalls Yes, the guy was very critical of Michelangelo's work.
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@RebeccasFarm (66333)
• United States
11 May
Such awesomeness Judy!
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@JudyEv (274873)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 May
It was very moving really. Such an artist he was.
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• United States
11 May
@JudyEv Oh indeed a master
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@xFiacre (10477)
• Ireland
11 May
@judyev I do find indecorous crowds somewhat tiresome. There is a Church we worship at when in county Sligo, the one beside which a body said to be that of Yeats is buried. During the service insensate tourists feel quite free to wander about snapping merrily and loudly in spite on notices while the minister is in full flow.
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@JudyEv (274873)
• Rockingham, Australia
12 May
When we went to Notre Dame, there was a mass being held but all round the walls tourists were walking and taking photos. Some people have no idea really just how rude they're being.
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@snowy22315 (135532)
• United States
11 May
That must have been really fun. I would have enjoyed it for sure.
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@JudyEv (274873)
• Rockingham, Australia
12 May
It was better really than the real thing. The place wasn't crowded. We'd bought tickets and told to allow about an hour to an hour and a half which was about right. As we left, others were filing in.
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@LindaOHio (91367)
• United States
11 May
Excellent photo. Interesting post.
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@JudyEv (274873)
• Rockingham, Australia
12 May
Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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@Fleura (20117)
• United Kingdom
11 May
That sounds really good and in fact more informative and comfortable to visit than the real thing!
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@JudyEv (274873)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 May
That's very true. Just facts about the scaffolding and lighting were interesting.
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@CarolDM (181994)
• United States
11 May
Just incredible photos Judy. Would like to see these in person.
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@JudyEv (274873)
• Rockingham, Australia
12 May
I'm really glad we went although I'm not really one for art galleries.
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@CarolDM (181994)
• United States
12 May
@JudyEv I am glad as well and happy you shared.
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