It’s all in the details.
The Sistine Chapel can now be viewed from a whole new perspective, thanks to a digital photo project that has captured every minute detail of the building.
270,000 photographs were taken during the five-year project, capturing everything from Michaelangelo’s frescoes to the building’s mosaic floor.
Photographers used a 10-metre-high portable scaffold and special telescopic lens in order to capture the images (which are not pictured). The photos are now stored in a Vatican server holding 30 terabytes of information.
The photos have also been made into a new three-volume, 870-page set that is limited to 1,999 copies and marketed to libraries and collectors.
The set, which costs around $12,700, is a joint production of the Vatican Museum and Italy’s Scripta Maneant, an art publisher.
“In the future, this will allow us to know the state of every centimeter of the chapel as it is today, in 2017,” Antonio Paolucci, former head of the Vatican museums told Reuters.
The last time all the Sistine frescoes were photographed was between 1980 and 1994, during a restoration project that saw them cleaned for the first time in centuries.