The first complete exhibition of Michelangelo’s magnificent ceiling frescoes and Quattrocento frescoes of the Sistine Chapel to be shown outside the Vatican.

Michelangelo — A Different View recreates the awe and wonder of Michelangelo’s frescoes of the Sistine Chapel in ways never before possible. Using state of the art technology, Michelangelo’s timeless masterpieces have been reproduced for this historic exhibit August 7-30 in Norfolk's MacArthur Center Mall. Only here can you explore this moving, exquisite art up close — at a distance impossible to achieve in the Sistine Chapel. Tickets are on sale now. Visit vafest.org/michelangelo for more information.

Officially licensed by the Vatican Museums, this is the one of a kind, highly acclaimed international exhibition. Working in partnership with the Vatican Museums, the exquisite frescoes painted by Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 – 1564) on the ceiling of Rome’s Sistine Chapel have been photographed at high resolution and reproduced to create the highly detailed panels on show. These true-to-life displays give visitors a unique opportunity for an otherwise impossible close-up view of Michelangelo’s brushwork, normally over 70 feet above visitors' heads.

Virginia Arts Festival continues to work in the best interest of patrons, staff, and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Virginia Arts Festival staff will:

- Wear a mask

- Stay six feet apart for social distancing

- Clean box office area throughout the day with disinfecting wipes

- Wipe down and clean high traffic areas throughout the day

- Clean the exhibit area with an electric ULV disinfecting fogger prior to opening and at closing each day

Information for anyone attending the exhibit:

- At least six feet of distance must be maintained between parties

- A mask is required at all times for visitors ages 10 and up

- Hand sanitizer will be available for all guests to use at the entrance to exhibit

- No cash or checks will be accepted on site

WHEN: August 7-30, 2020

Tuesday - Saturday, 11 am – 7 pm, last entry 6 pm

Sunday, 12 pm – 6 pm, last entry 5 pm

WHERE: MacArthur Center Second Floor, 300 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510, Downtown Norfolk

TICKETS: $10, students under 25, $5.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, July 8.

Tickets will be sold for a specific entry time. Entry times will run every 15 minutes with limited number of guests per entry to help maintain social distancing. Tickets will be available online at vafest.org/michelangelo or by calling the VAF box office at 757-282-2822. Tickets are also available in person at the exhibit by credit card only, no cash or checks accepted.


The Sistine Chapel is in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City, Rome. It takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV who restored the Roman building between 1477 and 1480. In 1508, Renaissance master Michelangelo was commissioned to paint the chapel’s huge ceiling, which, at the time, was a blue sky with gold stars, not unlike many chap-els across the western world. Such was the enormity of the task, it took the artist and his assistants four years to complete.

The original commission was for portraits of the Twelve Apostles. Michelangelo chose to create his own narrative, portraying stories from the Old Testament, of Christ’s ancestors and the mi-raculous survival of the Israelites, of the pagan sibyls and prophets who foresaw the coming of the Messiah. The resultant frescoes are considered artistic masterpieces and are marveled at by 4 million visitors every year to the Sistine Chapel.

A quarter of a century later, aged almost 67, Michelangelo completed his depiction of The Last Judgement, also displayed in this exhibit, which covers the whole altar wall of the Sistine Chap-el. The Last Judgement looks into the future at the moment of the Second Coming when Christ is dispensing justice surrounded by saints, angels and demons.


MacArthur Center, located on Monticello Avenue in downtown Norfolk, features one million square feet of retail offerings, including the region’s flagship Dillard’s department store. Shoppers can explore more than 120 stores including Apple, Michael Kors and Fink’s Jewelers. Entertainment and dining options occupy approximately 25 percent of the tenant mix.

MacArthur Center also offers Live 360°, an interactive program of classes, demonstrations, workshops and more allowing the community to actively engage around their interests. For more information, visit ShopMacarthur.com.


Since 1997, the Virginia Arts Festival has transformed the cultural scene in southeastern Virginia, presenting great performers from around the world to local audiences and making this historic, recreation-rich region a cultural destination for visitors from across the United States and around the world. The Festival has presented numerous U.S. and regional premieres, and regularly commissions new works of music, dance, and theater from some of today’s most influential composers, choreographers and playwrights. The Festival’s arts education programs reach tens of thousands of area schoolchildren each year through student matinees, in-school performances, artists’ residencies, master classes and demonstrations. For more information, visit vafest.org.

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