A Museum of Great Art

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Praskipark on January 20, 2009

This was one of the main attractions I wanted to visit but again this was difficult to navigate because of the crowd situation. Raphael's rooms or now known as the Stanza della Segnatura. It comprises of four rooms which were originally the residence of Pope Julius 11. They were named Raphael - after Raphael Sanzio (Raffaello in Italian) who was a painter and architect of the High Renaissance period. He was one of the great masters from this era along with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Having worked for 10 years on the project he only completed three rooms before he died at the age of 37. The fourth room was left unfinished. It was known that although he did all the detailed drawings he actually left his large and experienced team of painters to actually paint the walls and ceilings.

What did I think of the work? I was overwhelmed with the colours used and how smooth the actual brush work was. Although I am not mad on the religious topics that he covers, I just find the technique he used amazing. Throughout the four rooms my husband didn't hear a peep out of me which is unusual as I usually have something to say. The work was fantastic! And yes, I am now running out of adjectives!

Vatican Museums
Viale Vaticano
Rome, Italy, 00165
0039 06 69884676


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