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Sistine Chapel Embroidery

The Sistine Chapel Embroidery, by Joanna Lopianowski-Roberts, worked between 1996 and 2004. The Sistine Chapel Embroidery, by Joanna Lopianowski-Roberts, worked between 1996 and 2004.

The Sistine Chapel Embroidery is a miniature replica of Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican, executed in cross stitch embroidery, worked between 1996 and 2004 by the Canadian, Joanna Lopianowski-Roberts (from San Francisco, USA)

In 1995, when she was looking for a major project that would challenge her, she saw an image of the chapel’s ceiling in a magazine. Using a series of published photographs, Joanna Roberts made a cross stitch chart with an outline of each ‘fresco’ element. She used a software package called Xstitch Professional, developed by Dave Peters (Bristol, England). Photographs of the ceiling were scanned and made into a suitable chart. The ceiling design was then manually transferred to her canvas (14-count aida) and filled in using a selection of 45 colours (mostly DMC six-stranded cotton, using two strands at a time).

Lopianowski-Roberts started the work in 1996 and finished in the summer of 2004. She worked a total of 3,572 hours (timed on a stopwatch). The finished product is 200 x 100 cm in size.

See also: miniature needlework

Sources:

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 29 May 2016)

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