Ever dreamed of being an artist on par with Michelangelo? There’s an exhibit opening soon that may help you get just a little closer to that dream…

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The exhibition — running at the Palais des Congres in Montreal from July 10th until October 12th — promises to give you a never-before-seen perspective of the Sistine Ceiling, getting you up-close and personal with life-size versions of the paintings. Using licensed original photos to reproduce the “look, size and feel of the original frescoes,” the exhibit lets viewers get as close to those masterpieces as Michelangelo himself.

Now, I understand you aren’t going to be walking around the REAL paintings in the REAL Sistine Chapel. I have been lucky enough to visit the Sistine half-a-dozen times; nothing can compare to the real experience (the first time I saw that ceiling, my life changed; I will write more about that later). I understand that this exhibit is
a Hollywoodized version of art.

But maybe that’s what I love about it.

I love that it brings art down to OUR level where we don’t have to crane our necks or squint. I love that a team of LA-based producers are trying to turn Michelangelo into a mass-marketed blockbuster using state-of-the-art technology. I love that regular people who may never make it to Italy can walk amongst a forest of Michelangelo masterpieces.

But I also love the quiet suggested by this exhibition. In this loud, bustling world, where people are hooked up to Google, cable news, and five different social media sites at the same time, this exhibition seems a great excuse to disconnect from all of that and surround yourself with some true beauty. Give yourself some time to reflect on art, creativity, genius, humanity, God…

Michelangelo didn’t have a blog or an Instagram feed or a web series to express himself. He had an awkwardly shaped ceiling hundreds of feet off the ground, a few buckets of paint, and his heart.

Go. Think about that. Because maybe by standing among Michelangelo’s masterpieces, you will be inspired to create your own.

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