Texas Performing Arts presents "Behind the Scenes: Hollywood’s Sistine Chapel"

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Behind the Scenes: Hollywood’s Sistine Chapel
Italian fresco "Baptism of Christ" by P. Perugino Photo courtesy of Texas Performing Arts

"Behind the Scenes: Hollywood's Sistine Chapel" offers an immersive experience of full-scale, hand-painted motion picture replicas of the historic frescos of the Sistine Chapel. These master illusions were created for a 1968 MGM film and come from the Texas Performing Arts collection of historic Hollywood Backdrops.

Among the 50 backdrops received by Texas Performing Arts from the Art Director’s Guild Backdrop Recovery Project was a nearly complete replica of the Sistine Chapel. This exhibition will be the first public viewing of the entire Sistine Chapel suite. These master illusions in an immersive space designed for personal contemplation and up-close examination of this unique Hollywood motion picture art form.

These hand-painted artworks depict scenes from the Old Testament originally painted by Renaissance Masters such as Michelangelo, Perugino, Botticelli, and others. The backdrops on display were created for the 1968 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film The Shoes of the Fisherman.

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Bass Concert Hall
2350 Robert Dedman Dr.
Austin, TX 78712


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Mon - Fri: 11am - 6pm

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