Michelangelo – A Different View


Hunua Rooms, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland City Centre

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Monday 3 January 2022 - Sunday 13 February 2022

Last entry is at 4.30pm


  • Early bird available until Christmas Day $39
  • After Christmas $45
  • Children (12 and under) free when accompanied by a paying adult. A service fee applies
Michelangelo — A Different View
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Under license from the Vatican Museums, this exhibition, brought to you by The Stetson Group in association with Auckland Live, offers the most complete and authentic reproduction of Michelangelo’s beautiful ceiling frescoes of the Sistine Chapel to be shown outside the Vatican.

Michelangelo – A Different View presents a very different picture of Michelangelo’s works: the exhibition shows photo-mechanically reproduced copies almost in original size and in a way that invites visitors to look at them up close and in their own time.

Michelangelo – A Different View is a transformative experience that allows attendees to look down on The Genesis that is enshrined on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel rather than up… hence the name “A Different View”.

This offers a much closer perspective of what its Florentine creator did. The rest of the frescoes are in frames and can be viewed at a distance of just 2m.

With no time constraints, guests can allow these masterpieces to truly soak in.

Some 50 pieces, including an almost original size, 4.6m x 20m reproduction of ‘The Genesis’ (which includes The Creation of Man) and a 3.8m x 3.8m version of ‘The Last Judgment’ are just 1-2 metres away from the viewer, while audio guides, accessible via personal devices (please bring your own phone, head set/earbuds), mean visitors can experience the Florentine master’s interpretation of The Bible’s creation story in a way they never imagined.

As an addition to, and to complete Michelangelo – A Different View, reproductions of 14 of these impressive frescoes await visitors in the entrance.

Scenes from the lives of Jesus and Moses, painted by Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Cosimo Rosselli, provide additional historical background and allow for a deeper insight into this epoch.

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