Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel
The immersive Van Gogh exhibit coming to Charlotte this summer has drawn focus from this mesmerizing Michelangelo show. Instead of going to Rome to see the ceiling’s frescoes 44 feet away from the Sistine Chapel floor below, patrons can see them up close. The paintings cemented Michelangelo’s reputation, but the sculptor never wanted the job in the first place and insisted he was wrong for the task. In the 1560s, Pope Pius IV had the genitals of the artist’s nude figures painted over, but modern restorers stripped away the fig leaves.