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TED Talks: Season 2016

2016x14 Elizabeth Lev: The Unheard Story Of The Sistine Chapel
TV-PG

  • 2016-01-22T05:00:00+00:00 on YouTube
  • 15 mins
  • United States
  • Documentary, Special Interest

The Sistine Chapel is one of the most iconic buildings on earth -- but there's a lot you probably don't know about it. In this tour-de-force talk, art historian Elizabeth Lev guides us across the famous building's ceiling and Michelangelo's vital depiction of traditional stories, showing how the painter reached beyond the religious iconography of the time to chart new artistic waters. Five hundred years after the artist painted it, says Lev, the Sistine Chapel forces us to look around as if it were a mirror and ask, "Who am I, and what role do I play in this great theater of life?"

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