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“Universal Judgment,” show about Sistine Chapel taking Rome by storm

This show appears to be here to stay. “Giudizio Universale,” the “Universal Judgment. Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel,” has already been viewed by 100,000 people in just five months. 

This might be due to its breathtaking staging. Virtual reality presents Michelangelo's frescoes like never before. 

“Giudizio Universale. Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel”

“It tells a story with actors and dialogue, but everything wrapped into one large set that immerses the crowd and helps it understand Michelangelo's work. At one point we bring people inside the Sistine Chapel during the conclave. We explain what a papal election means and the secrets about this process. It's a new type of show related to the topic of art.”

This piece tells the story of Michelangelo, that of the Sistine Chapel and the history of the Renaissance, one of the most fascinating artistic periods. 

“Giudizio Universale. Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel”

“The idea is joining art and entertainment, in other words, art told through a spectacle. It's a way of explaining one the most beautiful places in the world to the Italian and international public.”

In 65 minutes, the work manages to tell the story of the Sistine Chapel, as well as that of the Bible. 

“Giudizio Universale” tells a story from the past through great artists of today. The legendary Sting composed the main song, and the script is voiced by actors like Pierfrancesco Favino and Susan Sarandon, winner of a Best-Actress Oscar for her role alongside Sean Penn in “Dead Man Walking.”

The show can be followed in nine languages thanks to real-time translation, and its creators hope it will be a permanent work, always interpreted in the Eternal City, which welcomes 20 million pilgrims each year.