Sistine Chapel enters the 21st century: Vatican introduces new lighting and air purification system to protect Michelangelo’s frescoes after surge in tourist numbers

The Vatican has unveiled new high-tech, energy-saving lighting and air purification systems to protect Michelangelo’s delicate Sistine Chapel frescoes from damage caused by ever-growing crowds of tourists.

Dust brought in from outside, body sweat and carbon dioxide pose a major risk to the masterpieces, which are more than 500 years old. They include one of the most famous scenes in the history of art – the arm of a gentle bearded God reaching out to give life to Adam.

To protect the frescoes, the Vatican has decided to restrict the number of visitors to the chapel – where popes are elected in secret conclaves – to 6 million a year…

Lots more photos at the link.