Don’t miss outstanding Giudizio Universale Show. This resident show, that debuted in March 2018 in Rome and has already sold over 160.000 tickets in the first months, continues on stage at the Auditorium Conciliazione... Live performances, music, theater, special effects and immersive video projections: a unique sensorial journey through the story of Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel!
Raffaello Sanzio, Madonna of Foligno.
The work was commissioned in 1511 by Sigismondo de' Conti for the high altar of the church of S. Maria in Aracoeli in Rome. From here it passed in 1565 to the church of S. Anna at the Monastery of the Contesse in Foligno and, after its return from France, where it had been transferred in 1797 following the Treaty of Tolentino, it entered the collection of the Vatican Pinacoteca (1816).
Sigismondo de' Conti, a distinguished humanist of Foligno, is shown kneeling in prayer on the right: St Jerome, in the vestments of a cardinal, presents him to the Virgin, who is seated in glory with the Child Jesus. On the left St John the Baptist, dressed in animal skins, indicates the heavenly vision. Kneeling before this is St Francis, patron of the Minors, to whose church the picture was painted.
The painting was ordered by Sigismondo de' Conti out of thanksgiving to the Virgin for having saved his house in Foligno, that had been struck by lightning. The episode is recalled in the splendid landscape insertion in the background.
The small angel in the centre of the composition holds a plaque without an inscription which was probably destined to recall the wish fulfilled by the Virgin.
The painting can be dated to between 1511 and 1512, in the period when Raphael was working in the Room of Heliodorus in the Vatican (Julius II's apartment).
‘Apoxyomenos’ by Lysippus. Pio Clementino Museum is formed by 12 rooms and contains important Greek and Roman works of art. In the interior of the Gabinetto dell’Apoxyomenos, there is a Roman copy of a Greek bronze statue by Lysippus (aroud 320 BC).
The statue represents an athlete in the act of scraping sweat from his body after a competition with the small curved instrument that the Romans called a strigil. The figure represents a breech with the traditional frontality found in Greek art: to fully enjoy the sculpture, you must turn around it. The work is then considered the first all-round Greek sculpture.
Auguste Rodin, “Le Penseur”. Initially entitled Dante or Poète, Le Penseur – one of Rodin's best known works – was sculpted by the artist between 1880 and 1882 for the tympanum of the celebrated Gates of Hell. The entrance to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris was intended to feature a series of figures drawn from Dante's epic poem, sculpted in bas relief. In 1888 a smaller version of the sculpture was exhibited in Copenhagen, and in 1902 a monumental version was cast, two and a half metres tall. It was displayed two years later at the 1904 Salon, and then installed in front of the Panthéon, before being moved to the Musée Rodin.
Over time the work, which shows clear signs of Michelangelo's influence, has lost its link with its original destination and has been transformed into a symbol of intellectual and creative activity. More than twenty casts exist, of various dimensions, one of which is on the artist's tomb at Meudeon; the piece in the Vatican Museums, donated by the Musée Rodin, entered the collection in 1959, as part of the first nucleus of modern and contemporary works of art.
Bronze, 72 x 30 x 58 cm
Catholic bishops gathered for Holy Mass at the opening of the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Saint Peters Square, Vatican City on October 3rd 2018. Pope Francis is presiding over the event, which is on the theme of "Youth, faith and vocational discernment".
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“Discobolus”. The inclination of his head, the twisting of the chest, the movement of the left leg, and the stretching of the arms express the athlete’s concentration with unprecedented by the vivacity. A marble copy from the time of Hadrian (2nd cent. A.D.) — as is demonstrated by the tree-shaped support — of a bronze original by Myron of about 460 B.C. (the inscription on the tree trunk is modern). Discovered in Hadrian’s Villa.
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“Pietà” by 👨🎨 Vincent van Gogh. Based on a painting by Delacroix, this is one of two versions by the Dutch artist (the other one is now at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam).
Van Gogh, who moved to France in 1886, painted both versions of the Pietà in 1889 at the hospital of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where he was confirmed for the severe psychiatric disturbance that had led him, in December 1888, to selfmutilation (cutting of a piece of his left earlobe) after a violent argument with his friend Paul Gauguin, with whom he was living in the famous Yellow House at Arles.
The Pietà hints at a pietas felt both for the artist himself as a victim of the disease, and for his neighbour in need. It expresses the deep religious sentiments always felt by Van Gogh, who before becoming an artist had wanted to be an Evangelical pastor at the service of the humble.
With this spirit, he had lived for some time among the miners of a village in Borinage, Belgium, sharing their poverty and hardships and comforting them with the word of God.
“Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden” by Wenzel Peter. The great canvas by Wenzel Peter (1745-1829), who specialised in painting flora and fauna, was purchased by Pope Gregory XVI Cappellari in 1831, along with 19 other works by the Bohemian artist, to decorate the Sala del Concistiro in the Papal Apartment.