Treasures of the Vatican Museums in Rome Italy: Musei Vaticani

Statue of the river Nile, Museo Chiaramonti, V...

Statue of the river Nile, Museo Chiaramonti, Vatican Museums, Rome. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum (Photo credit: ccheviron)

Vatican Museums, Vatican City. A ceiling in th...

Vatican Museums, Vatican City. A ceiling in the Raphael Rooms. Français : Musées du Vatican, Vatican. Un plafond dans les chambres de Raphaël. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Musei Vaticani

Musei Vaticani (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Vatican Museums ( Musei Vaticani) are located inside the Vatican City. Pope Julius II founded the museums in the early 16th century. These museums include the Museo Chiaramoni and display magnificent statues and works of art that have been collected by the Roman Catholic Church.

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Vatican - musei Italiano: La targa sull’ingres...

Vatican – musei Italiano: La targa sull’ingresso dei Musei Vaticani (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An Egyptian mummy kept in the Vatican Museums.

An Egyptian mummy kept in the Vatican Museums. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Augustus of Prima Porta, statue of the emperor...

Augustus of Prima Porta, statue of the emperor Augustus in Museo Chiaramonti, Vatican, Rome. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The collection includes: mummies, classical sculptures of emperors, tapestries, stained glass and some of the important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world.

I love the beautiful tapestries.

A Ignudo, Sistine Chapel

A Ignudo, Sistine Chapel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sistine Chapel ceiling, Michelangelo, The Liby...

Michelangelo’s masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel and the work of Raphael in the Stanza della Segnatura are some of most visited destinations in these museums.

The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Prophet Jonah, as depicted by Michelangelo...

The Last Judgement

The Last Judgement (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Piece of the Raphael Room

A Piece of the Raphael Room (Photo credit: Alias Rex)

Scala a Chiocciola Vatican Museums Vaticano Ro...

Scala a Chiocciola Vatican Museums Vaticano Roma Rome Lazio Italia Italy Castielli CC0 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ceiling of one corridor in Vatican Museums, Va...

Ceiling of one corridor in Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Rome Česky: Strop jedné z chodeb ve Vatikánských muzeích, Vatikán, Řím (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Detail of The School of Athens by Raffaello Sa...

Detail of The School of Athens by Raffaello Sanzio, 1509, showing Plato (left) and Aristotle (right) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Raphael even included Michelangelo in his famous “School of Athens” frescoes in the Vatican Museums. The central figures in the masterpiece are Plato and Aristotle.

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Raphael- School of Athens, detail showing R’s portrait of Michelangelo as Heraclitus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are ornate ceilings everywhere. I love the magnificent helix staircase and the Gallery of the Maps. The topographical maps represent regions of Italy. They were painted on the walls by friar and geographer Ignazio Danti from Perugia. The maps were commissioned by Pope Gregory XIII (1572–1585). It took Danti three years (1580–1583) to complete the 40 fresco panels of the Map Room.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @

www.vino-con-vista.com

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