De Sixtijnse Kapel
Gianluigi Colalucci, Pierluigi de Vecht
In 1980 after thorough research the Directors of the Vatican Museums decided to proceed with the restoration of Michelangelo's frescos in the Sistine Chapel. The restoration of the ceiling with the Creation and the Fall was completed in 1989. On 9 April 1994 453 years after Michelangelo put the finishing touches to it the altar wall with the Last Judgment was also restored. It will not however be necessary to travel to Rome to admire the frescos in all their brilliance. In the
two-volume publication Mercatorfonds have devoted to them you can see them as clearly as if you were standing on the scaffolding with the artist. Eight passes through the press specially produced paper luxurious binding in keeping with the character of the work: everything possible has been done to make this THE definitive book on the Sistine Chapel. It enables you to discover page by page the extraordinary technical expertise of the artist the freshness of the colours the power and perfection of the line the complexity of the narrative with its subtle references and meanings.