Rosie Millard

The Sistine Chapel as you’ve never seen it before

This lavish new book allows you to admire the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel in 1:1 close-up. Michelangelo would not have approved

Going to the chapel: this £16,500 art book brings the Sistine ceiling – and its wild brushwork – straight to your living room. Credit: © Vatican Museums

‘The World’s Most Lavish Art Book’ is a pretty big claim, but when two men lugged it through my front door I conceded that The Sistine Chapel is one monster tome. Three, actually. Three hardback volumes, each two feet-tall, each weighing nearly two stone, each in its own calico bag, comprising of digitally perfect photographic recreations of the artwork in the 15th-century chapel.

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