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Visit to The Vatican Museums

The Vatican museums are among the greatest museums in the world. They display works from the immense collection built up by the popes of the Roman Catholic Church throughout the centuries. In the vatican museum you can find some of the most renowned classical sculptures and the most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world, like the frescos painted by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.

The Vatican Museums originated from a group of sculptures collected by Pope Julius II (1503-1513) and placed in what is now known as the Cortile Ottagono. The visit starts with the sculptures of Apollo and Lacoonte which highlight the influence and the inspiration that touched so deeply Raffaello and Michelangelo. These two artists, although being about the same age and having been thought the same ideas on paintings and prospectives, were affected by different items in classical statues: Raffaello was inspired by the perfection of Beauty, the idealism of Armony in the gods bodies and positions while Michelangelo took his ideas from the strength and the stress of muscles, from the agony and sorrow of the mouth or eyes.

After that the visit proceeds through the tapestry gallery and maps gallery to Raffaello’s Chambers and the Sistine Chapel. The visit will culminate in the Sistine Chapel which represents the history of salvation starting with the creation of the  First Man, Adam, and the original sin, and ending with Jesus’ sacrifice and the Last Judgement. After the Vatican Museums the visit will continue in the Basilica of St Peter.