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The Secrets of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel



The Secrets of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel

 "The secrets of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel", the second of a cycle of conferences organized by the Embassy and curated by Prof. Costantino D'Orazio, dedicated to illustrate some visual  masterpieces by Maestro Michelangelo, was held in digital mode and in physical presence at the Italian Zambian Cultural Center. This made it possible to involve a larger number of participants, in compliance with local Covid-19 provisions. The Faculty of Fine Arts of the University (UNZA) participated largely in the cultural initiative, confirming how important the sector is for the development of relations between the two countries.

The conference addressed both historical-artistic issues and more technical themes, which enhanced Italian excellence in the restoration of Cultural Heritage. In his speech, Professor D'Orazio illustrated a brief artistic excursus by Michelangelo in the context of the historical period and the painting techniques of the time. He then focused on the paintings of the Sistine Chapel, on the changes in iconography resulting from the study during the long time Michelangelo spent on his masterpiece. In the second part of the conference Professor D'Orazio highlighted the details of the "Last Judgment" by interpretations not yet unveiled and illustrating to the participants the restoration techniques to the works of Great Michelangelo which have succeeded over times showing historical videos that have illustrated the restoration techniques used in the Sistine Chapel. The final session dedicated to audience's questions was very dense, and seen the high interest especially of the students, Prof. D'Orazio made himself available to continue the debate with the participants and students by email in the following days.




With pleasure the Embassy of Italy issues the invitation to participate in the Cultural Event organized in collaboration with the Italian-Zambian Cultural Center (ZICC); it is an interesting seminar in digital mode, a "Web Lecture",  curated by Professor Costantino d'Orazio who will reveal some of the most unknown information and interpretations of Michelangelo's masterpiece. The theme " The Secrets of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel" is based on the most recent studies and researches as well as the conservation works of the magnificent masterpiece of the Vatican Museum.

The Webinar will take place on October 28th , 2020 at 3.30 pm and can also be followed in presence at ZICC.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the hall can have a maximum capacity of 50 people; in this view the seat must be booked by e-mail to :

The Webinar can be followed online by registering in advance to the platform: . A confirmation email contains the necessary information.