“It is vital that we return our focus to the things that cannot change, and to bring Christ again to the center. We must remember how to evangelize, and how to draw those seeking conversion into the depths of sacramental mystery…we must promote the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, raising up artisans and writers and musicians and architects and filmmakers who can reach confused souls not simply by preaching, but by showing them the wonders of creation and the possibility of fallen man, redeemed.”
With these words publisher Steve Skojec launched One Peter Five back on August 1 of this year. The Catholic Church has evangelized for centuries through art, recognizing the power of beauty to move hearts and win souls for Christ. Indeed, many of the greatest works of art in the history of Christendom reside in the Vatican.
This month marks the release of what promises to be an intriguing and visually dynamic new documentary on the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. From the filmmakers website:
An extraordinary voyage of discovery to see the most impressive collection of works of art built up over two thousand years of history. VATICAN MUSEUMS 3D, a SKY production in collaboration with the Vatican Museums Directorate, for the very first time brings Ultra HD 4K/3D film cameras inside the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, to show the masterpieces in these collections as they have never been seen before.
A unique, spectacular, fascinating event: the history of one of the world’s most famous,renowned museums, the history of us all. A mega-production by a team of 40 professionals who, in the magnificent setting of the Vatican Museums, traveled hundreds of miles while filming amazing night-time footage through the halls which house some of the most rare and precious works of art in the world, spanning all cultures and all epochs…
Thanks to a unique mix of native 3D and the most advanced dimensional techniques used in cinema by James Cameron and Tim Burton, audiences can literally immerse themselves in the great masterpieces of art history: “enter” the paintings of Caravaggio and, with unprecedented realism, touch Laocoön and the Belvedere Torso, and feel swathed by the figures in the Sistine Chapel that have never seemed so real before.
From the masterpieces of classic statues to the Cast of Michelangelo’s Pietà, right up to Fontana’s modern sculptures; from paintings by Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci and Caravaggio to those by Van Gogh, Chagall and Dalì; from the extraordinary frescos in the Rooms of Raphael, such as “The School of Athens” to the spectacular masterpieces by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel such as the “Creation of Adam” and the majestic “Last Judgment”. These are the stages of a unique , emotional journey under the guidance of the Director of the Vatican Museums, Professor Antonio Paolucci, expertly leading us through past, present and future.
Showtimes and locations are listed here. From the looks of the official trailer below, this film should not disappoint.
Brian Williams is a convert who entered the Catholic Church in 2006. He is a graduate of Long Beach State University with a BA in History. Brian blogs on life, liturgy and the pursuit of holiness at liturgyguy.com. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and five children.