Sistine Chapel Field Trip

Sistine Chapel Field Trip

Nina Teters

Wednesday May 18th, students at Ridgeline had the opportunity to go on a field trip to see the Sistine Chapel Exhibition in Salt Lake City. 

The traveling exhibit of the Sistine Chapel made its way to Utah in late April and will only be available until June. This gave this year’s students a unique opportunity to visit the exhibition. Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel paintings are some of the most famous in the world. Located in Rome, the painting covers a 134×46 ft ceiling 44 ft from the main floor of the chapel. Having the paintings be so far away, it’s hard to see the details put into each. The traveling exhibit lets you see each painting extremely close and in person. 

Seeing the paintings close up was special for many students, especially after taking the Humanities 1320 class available at Ridgeline. During the trimester long class, students learn how to analyze art, learn about specific pieces, and how art has evolved over time. “Taking humanities affected my experience on the field trip because I went into it with prior knowledge. I was able to focus on smaller details instead of having to learn everything from scratch. I was also less shocked by the nudity,” say Hailey Steadman, a student in a previous Humanities class. 

All in all, it was a great experience for students and allowed them to take their knowledge and apply it to in person art.