The Sistine Chapel is Dying.

This is a tough one for me. Artdaily.org has reported that the Sistine Chapel is in danger of falling apart because of the some where near 20,000 visitors a day that visit the masterpiece.

image of the sistine chapel in vatican city

 

I have had the pleasure of standing in the Sistine Chapel twice in my life.  And I plan on returning again some day.  It was a life changing experience.  There are no words to describe how I felt when I saw it for the first time.  I was 17 and I knew that art would be part of my life forever because nothing else made me feel the way art does.  It is like love.  The second time I was almost running; in fact I think my husband and I did run in order to beat the crowd.  My heart was racing with anticipation.  It was like running in the airport to hug your family after a long time away.  I could breath again.

image of part of the ceiling of the sistine chapel

So, the idea of that experience not existing for future generations makes me sad.  It is also a reminder that nothing is permanent; no matter how hard you try to keep it safe.

*photos courtesy of wikipedia.com

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