Limited Edition of 1999 numbered copies.

Each set contains three folio volumes: the Frescos of the 15th Century (pp.268), the Ceiling (pp.258), the Last Judgement (pp.258). Italian and English text by Antonio Paolucci, former Director of the Vatican Museums.


Colorativa is proud to play a supporting role in the publishing event of 2017. We have been selected as the exclusive Belgium and Dutch bookseller for this exceptional publication.

The Vatican Museums and the esteemed Italian art publisher Scripta Maneant have joined forces to produce an extraordinary three-volume photographic record of the Sistine Chapel. Using the latest photographic technology more than 270,000 images were shot by a team of photographers over the course of 65 nights, working while the Vatican is closed from 7pm until 2am. The results have been stitched together electronically to reveal the frescoes by Michelangelo and other masters in unprecedented colour and detail.

Only 1999 copies are being prepared. The first has been presented to His Holiness the Pope. 100 copies have been reserved in Italy.

A display copy is currently available to view by appointment.

If you purchase a copy of La Cappella Sistina from Colorativa the publishers would be delighted to arrange a private visit to the Sistine Chapel for you outside opening hours, with an expert guide from the Vatican Museums for two people.

Each volume 43.5cm x 61cm; details scaled 1:1.
Stitched binding with ivory headbands; three-coloured leather spine, white hot foil printings.
Hexachrome Offset Printing on Fedrigoni Tatami White 170 g/m² paper.
Endpapers one-color “silver” printed on Fedrigoni Tatami White 200 g/ m². paper.
Cover in boards coupled with 3+3 mm, coated with Cordenons Stardream 120 g/m2.
Plexiglas box.
Printed and bound in Italy.

Vol 1. The 15th century frescoes.

The paintings of the south wall, north, west and portraits of pontiffs above.

Vol 2. The Ceiling.
Michelangelo tells the story of humanity before the coming of Christ, connecting to the stories of the wall.

Vol 3. The Last Judgment.
Two lunette. Christ the Judge and the Virgin among the blessed. End of times.

Vatican Museum & Scripta Maneant

Exclusive Belgium and Dutch bookseller



The Sistine Chapel is seen during a news conference in the Sistine Chapel,
the Vatican February 24, 2017. REUTERS/Philip Pullella


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