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For more than 500 years, the Sistine Chapel and its artwork have been about the intricate interplay of color and light, ever since the first brushstrokes were applied to its walls and ceiling by artists such as Botticelli, Perugino, Signorelli, and, of course, Michelangelo. It is the best one-shot, one-room museum of renaissance art in Europe. On Oct. 29, 2014, a switch was thrown in the chapel, illuminating the walls and ceiling with the light from 7,000 LEDs, rendering many of the scenes in the frescoes clearly visible for the first time in centuries.
How and why this happened is another one of the many stories about this remarkable room.