First Prints Challenge: The Sistine Chapel

Prints Challenge: The Sistine Chapel
  • October 15, 2023

The challenge

For this month’s Print Challenge, we’re inviting Partner artists to explore and revisit the Sistine Chapel. From its ceiling to its fresco, inside or out, find inspiration in the centuries-old work of art and in your own style, share your vision with us!



You have until 31st October to submit your Print for this challenge, and your work will be featured in a Twitter thread on November 3rd. 

Be sure to share your submission on X/Twitter and tag @trygamma and #SistinePrints so we don’t miss it!


The history of the Sistine Chapel

On 31st October 1512, the Sistine Chapel introduced its treasures to the world. Illustrious names including Botticelli, Perugino, Ghirlandaio and Michelangelo of course, had displayed their full talents on a surface area of almost 8,600 square feet (1,100 sqm). It took four years for the Renaissance artists to complete the ceiling, and six more for Michelangelo to paint the famous fresco of the Last Judgement, finished in 1541.

The fresco is brought to life by the moving bodies of 391 nude figures, all represented with skilful precision. The colors and their use are remarkably dramatic: the ultramarine pigment used for the blue sky was obtained from lapis lazuli – a precious stone from the mountains of Afghanistan.

Over 10,000 tourists visit the Chapel every day, sometimes twice as many. Sadly, while the Roman treasure is a sight for sore eyes, the carbon dioxide we breathe out may cause damage to the paintings in the long term. 

In 2021, the Underground Sistine Chapel NFTs were released: a collection of 400 modern representations of Michelangelo’s masterpiece, painted by Pascal Boyart during lockdown. The original work, created with ink and acrylic paint, measures over 26 feet high and took five months to complete. It was painted in a former gold foundry in the outskirts of Paris, that will eventually be destroyed. The only way for Boyart (aka Pboy) to make his work immutable was through blockchain technology and NFTs. 


The #sistineprints

Thank you for participating in our first challenge! 







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