vatican museums stanze di raffaello

The Raphael Rooms are four rooms painted by the famous Italian painter between 1508 and 1524 which are now part of the itinerary of the visit of the Vatican Museums. Raphael was commissioned by the decoration of the room by Pope Julius II, who perhaps chose the Bramante's advice, the papal architect. In fact, as reported by us Vasari, these rooms were already painted by fifteenth-century masters such as Piero della Francesca, Andrea del Castagno and Benedetto Bonfigli, but the Pope did not hesitate to destroy these masterpieces to make room for new paintings. The visit starts in the last room, the Room of Constantine, one for which Raphael only succeeded in preparing the sketches before his death in 1520. The hall was then completed by his students. The next is the Fire in the Borgo room. Here the hand of Raffaello is not prominent, because the artist was now very busy with his other papal appointments including the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica. Frescoed walls and ceilings were largely his students and assistants, except for the fresco of ' "Borgo" Fire, work of the master. The museum tour then continues in Room Eliodoro, born as the papal audience hall, and ends in the Stanza della Signatura, which housed the court of the Holy See. In fact the tone of the frescoes in the latter suggest that originally it was the Pope's study, there are in fact of the representations linked to theology, poetry, philosophy and jurisprudence.

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