Sistine Chapel, a few photos

In a previous post, I put up the video from inside the Sistine Chapel. Now, I add a few still photos taken with my Nikon 1 AW and that beautiful wide angle lens. The first is Michaelangelo’s apocalypse which is behind the altar:

DSC_3266And here is a view of the ceiling:

DSC_3279And a slightly closer shot of the center of the ceiling:

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The next view gives you a sort of perspective on the chapel:

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I was fortunate to have the early morning “Waking the Vatican” tour when photos were permitted. It was worth arriving on-site at 5:45 AM. I’d do it again and pay the price to view this magnificent art work. Coming soon: A post from inside St. Peter’s.

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Pompeii, painted walls

While visiting Pompeii, you’ll find plenty of marvels, from the theater to the villas to the brothel, not to mention the technological wonders like the baths. What strikes the eye, however, are the interior decorations of the villas, specifically the painted walls.

DSC_3154One gets the sense of how the Roman people adorned their living spaces.

DSC_3186The scenes can be quite lively or rather mundane, no doubt based upon the resident’s taste.

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The artists of the era must have been extremely busy because there were paintings after paintings covering large walls in all the villas. And these are only the ones recovered from the disaster. Surely there were more.

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Sistine Chapel

As part of the “Waking the Vatican” tour, one can enjoy the Sistine Chapel with a few dozen other visitors. This is a marvelous experience, seeing the work of Michaelangelo in an almost private moment. As large as the chapel is, it does feel private. Here’s a video showing the chapel.

Amazing. Seriously. If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend this experience. Do your homework about the art and history of the place in order to get the most out of it. Linger as long as possible.

Joe Miklojcik, visual artist

Aruba has the good fortune to have Joe Miklojcik in residence. Mr. Miklojcik is a visual artist and recently I had the pleasure of seeing his work on display at the Westin Hotel’s gallery space. All the works were oil on canvas for this show. Below is one of my favorites that evokes the many Divi trees found on the island.

This was another one that caught my eye.

Of course these paintings are better seen in person. Better yet, you can purchase them. So if you’re visiting Aruba soon, check out the gallery and make your purchase.