Secrets of the Sistine Chapel: Michelangelo's Mystery
First Aired: May 2, 2008
A report on the frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican focuses on speculation about whether Michelangelo inserted coded messages into figures depicted in the biblical scenes painted between 1508 and 1512. Interviewees include Benjamin Blech and Roy Doliner, authors of "The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican"; and Arnold Nesselrath, a curator at the Vatican Museums. Martin Bashir is the correspondent.
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- Premiered: June 6, 1978
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- Premise: A durable newsmagazine mixing investigative pieces with human-interest and celebrity features that's ABC's oldest prime-time series despite its notoriously rocky premiere. (Hosts Robert Hughes and Harold Hayes lasted only that one show.) (more)