North West Chapter Restoration Projects
Until a few years ago, the Aura sculpture adorned one of the Pinecone Courtyard’s niches. Being set-up outdoors for so long began to compromise the marble’s surface. In order to avoid other preservative issues, the sculpture was transferred to a storage. Once it has been restored, the sculpture will be exhibited in the Gregorian Profane Museum (Niobide room); right next to two sculptures with an…
She’s big, she’s beautiful and she is ours! That’s right–Sfera is officially the Northwest Patrons next chapter project for the 2016-2017 year! Does she seem familiar? It might be because she is located in the center of the Cortile della Pigna (the Pine Cone courtyard), seen by all visitors of the Vatican Museums, or it might be from the 2016 Wishbook, where Sfera was the featured …
Camassei’s Cain and Abel
This painting by Andrea Camassei (Bevagna 1602 – Rome 1649) depicts the famous episode described in the book of Genesis of the killing of Abel by his brother Cain, the sons of Adam and Eve.The artist captures the climax of Cain’s fratricidal violence when he kills Abel with his club.The background features a landscape with a fire burning on the sacrificial altar. Cain and Abel…
Wrestling the Beasts in the Coliseum
This painting illustrates a battle of men who are fighting with wild beasts, including lions and a leopard. This scene is given depth and texture by the contrast between the bare human skin and the fur of the exotic animals…
Sarcophagus with a Central Clypeus
The sarcophagus of an infant is richly decorated with spiral flutings, a central bust of the deceased, two masks, and garland below….
Hermes was an Olympian god of Greek mythology, son of Zeus and the Pleiad Maia. Known as the messenger of the gods, he was quick and cunning and moved freely between the worlds of the mortal and divine as an intercessor….
Antonio Canova is one of the most important Italian sculptors of all time. His marble statues are characterized by classical beauty and they are now on display in the most important museums in the world…
Bramante Staircase designed by Michelangelo
The curved central staircase of the Nicchione was constructed by Bramante under Julius II (1503-1513) and then integrated with the adjacent, semicircular corridors under Julius III (1550-1555). These corridors previously held the Etruscan collection, but now feature the Egyptian Collection. As affirmed by Vasari in 1568, the first staircase was rendered …
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