A New Light on Michelangelo


After five centuries, the magnificent frescoes on the walls and ceiling of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel can now be seen in all of their glory thanks to a new LED lighting system. The unobtrusive 7,000 LEDs provide a surprisingly subtle, controlled light that illuminates the frescoes in a way they’ve never been seen before.


The four channel “mesopic” system hopes to show the frescoes in a manner that replicates Michelangelo’s intensions and provides ten times the light that the previous system offered.


I look forward to returning to the Vatican to get a glimpse of the Sistine Chapel in it’s true splendor. Many years ago, I got to visit the Chapel—pre-restoration—when it was completely empty. And, I’ve seen it since ( but with hordes of other visitors) after restoration.


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