Friday Night Gallery Chat – Vatican Art

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Tonight let’s talk Vatican Art since I believe there is a pic out now concerning that subject matter, angels, devils – all that rot.

Background  – from Wikipedia,

The Vatican Museums , in Viale Vaticano in Rome, inside the Vatican City, are among the greatest museums in the world, since they display works from the immense collection built up by the Roman Catholic Church throughout the centuries.

The Vatican Museums trace their origin to one marble sculpture, purchased 500 years ago. The sculpture of Laocoön, the priest who, according to Greek mythology, tried to convince the people of ancient Troy not to accept the Greeks’ “gift” of a hollow horse, was discovered 14 January 1506, in a vineyard near the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. Pope Julius II sent Giuliano da Sangallo and Michelangelo Buonarroti, who were working at the Vatican, to examine the discovery. On their recommendation, the pope immediately purchased the sculpture from the vineyard owner. The pope put the sculpture of Laocoön and his sons in the grips of a sea serpent on public display at the Vatican exactly one month after its discovery.

The Museums celebrated their 500th anniversary in October 2006 by permanently opening the excavations of a Vatican Hill necropolis to the public.[1]

Sample painting.

Creation of Adam by Michelangelo

Sistine Chapel is the best-known chapel in the Apostolic Palace – Detail of painting below

The iconic image of the Hand of God giving life to Adam  

 Not bad considering he had to paint the ceiling on his back by candle light ! and you thought you had it bad at your job!
Have a great weekend!
Notes:  Check out this site they talk about the cleaning of the Sistine Chapel!


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2 responses to “Friday Night Gallery Chat – Vatican Art

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