TIL the no photography rule at the Sistine Chapel is a result of the company who paid for the restoration wanting exclusive rights to the media, and not to protect the artwork itself specifically.

Read more: https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/54641/reason-why-no-photography-allowed-sistine-chapel

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  1. Just for that, I am going to put a wide angle lens on my camera and capture it at 60fps. You can’t fucking stop me. I’ll take thousands of photos. Keep capitalism out of my art.

  2. Except the article explains that the media rights expired 3 years after the work was completed. The Vatican chose to keep the rule in place to protect the images from camera flashes. They could allow non-flash photography, but that would cut into souvenir sales.

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