Vatican Museums

We started up Bramante’s Staircase, commissioned by Pope Julius II:-

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The Apollo Belvedere:-

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The Laocoön:-

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The Three Graces (again):-

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Venus and other antiquities in the Room of the Masks:-

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The Room of the Animals (I am not confident of the naming of the rooms in the Museo Pio Clementino or, indeed, the works of art):-

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The Sleeping Ariadne:-

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Through to the Rotunda:-

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Through to the Stanza della Segnatura and the School of Athens:-

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We ended up in the Sistine Chapel. It’s so hard to retain a memory of the totality of the composition, particularly in the ceiling, the relationship of the individual figures to the larger lateral scenes above, the scale of the figures below, their sense of energy and authority, so surprisingly early (1508 to 1512) and so muscular and large if one compares them to the work of his contemporaries. No photography, of course. Just looking and trying, but failing, to remember the intensity of the experience.

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