May 11, 2010

(rt) Photography: The Sistine Chapel, Darth Vader, & more

Posted by John Nack at 8:16 AM on May 11, 2010

Comments

  • Scott Valentine — 9:27 AM on May 11, 2010

    On the Vader image, there’s an interesting IP discussion (if a bit dusty) on one of the tangent links:
    http://youthoughtwewouldntnotice.com/blog3/?p=5472
    One of the reasons I love when people post oddities is the plethora of additional links to scour.

  • Victor Gavenda — 12:50 PM on May 11, 2010

    The Sistine Chapel pano is molto coolo! The high resolution lets you zoom right in on the music desk in the minuscule singers’ balcony and read “Cantate Domino” carved there (it’s in the liturgical south wall, west of center).
    Helpful tips: use the arrow keys to scroll vertically or rotate the image.

  • meitnik — 1:05 PM on May 11, 2010

    @panorama of Sistine Chapel.
    This is one reason there are computers! Thank you J. for sharing this. I had dreamed this, its real.
    I had long believed the restored colors would finally show a fantastic immersive moment of encounter. The art and textbooks fail to get anywhere close to what Michelangelo was setting out to do. Michelangelo (and others who helped), thank you for the pain and effort to do this.

  • Colin Smith — 3:55 PM on May 11, 2010

    Love the Sistine Chapel one. Little story
    The guy with the snake biting his **** on the lower right of the far wall was an arch Bishop who was against Michelangelo. On complaining to the pope the AB was told “Even I can’t get you out of hell.”
    I’m amazed they let them shoot in there because they have a very strict non photography rule in the Popes chapel.

  • Victor Gavenda — 6:58 PM on May 11, 2010

    Ha! That non-photography rule is honored largely in the breach; the one time I was there, I was deafened by the hundreds of tourists snapping photos simultaneously.
    Similarly, the Sistine Chapel is famous for preserving the ancient prohibition against instrumental music in church; yet in one corner I was astonished to find a pipe organ, which had been donated by the builder during the reign of John Paul II.

  • Eric — 7:27 PM on May 11, 2010

    Actually, it’s because Gizmodo’s parent company won’t turn off parental controls.

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