Iconic

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Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling, featuring the iconic Creation of Adam. Below it, The Dividing of Water is just as dramatic if less well-known. The ceiling is arguably one of the two most famous Renaissance work of arts, the other being Mona Lisa. Although it details nine scenes from Genesis, the imagery of the hand of God giving life to Adam has grew in fame to become its de facto personification.

The Sistine Chapel is crowded throughout its opening hours – many visitors are content to mill around and soak in its atmosphere. The chapel is also kept dark to prevent sunlight damage. Combined with an enforced no-photography rule, this was probably the toughest shot I took in Italy.

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7 thoughts

  1. Wow! How were you able to get a photograph of this? When I visited in 2006, cameras were strictly prohibited. I guess the professionals are privileged 🙂 Thank you for sharing your beautiful work. I love Italy.

    • Yes well, I wasn’t sneaky enough apparently. I got caught by the security guard. Twice. Almost got hauled out despite putting on a confused and ignorant face. 🙂 And I am most definitely not a professional, just a camera toting tourist 🙂

  2. Wow, we just held our cameras low and faced them up. Click, click, click. But we never managed a shot like yours! Beautiful colors. I think you’re so close to capturing what it’s really like.

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