The Sistine Chapel is getting a 21st-century lighting upgrade with a new LED system. Starting next month, the illumination package will make the 500-year-old masterpiece frescos more visible to Vatican Museum visitors. But you don’t need to travel to Rome to get a good look at the Chapel’s art because a couple of apps out there offer a virtual tour in stunning detail for you to enjoy at home. As a visitor in the Sistine Chapel, you can only view Michelangelo’s famous ceiling (Creation) and back wall (Last Judgment) from your vantage point waaaaay down on the floor level. And you may not take photographs to enjoy at home. With an app version you get to view the art from any perspective you choose because you’re working in 3-D panoramic mode. Zoom and pan every square inch of this glorious space to your heart’s content. Enjoy!
Sistine Chapel 3D Interactive Virtual Tour-Vatican City in Rome (Initial limited download is Free; $4.99 full version) iOS only (including iPhone 4 and later and iPad). Bring the space housing the Papal Conclave and Michelangelo’s famous ceiling and Last Judgment right into your home. You can browse and zoom images in a 3-D panoramic setting on your own OR let the narration guide you. Fascinating detail you can see and hear all about. From developers:
– Fully narrated with subtitles
– Explore and navigate anywhere at the ‘Sistine Chapel’ or kick back and let our autopilot guide
– Share – Take snapshots and share with friends by Email and on Facebook
Vatican Sistine Chapel Rome– (Initial limited download is Free; paid full version) Android only. This is a multi-media guided tour. From developers:
-Over 35 minutes of content rich audio presentation, includes hi-res photo’s and diagrams.
-Ceiling of creation and the Last Judgement.
-Once loaded no need for access to WiFi or Internet.
-written by experienced tour-guides
-Spoken by native English speaker
You can also enjoy a 3-D panoramic experience of the Sistine Chapel on line at the Vatican web site. It is truly a lovely experience when you view it on a large display. No audio tour features, but you do get some appropriate music in the background. Guess which choir?