Pinacoteca - Vatican Museums

Type
Attraction
Cultural
Historic
Museum
Features:
Bathroom, Drinking water
Description
Pinacoteca

The new Vatican Pinacoteca (Art Gallery) was inaugurated on 27 October 1932 in the building especially constructed by the architect Luca Beltrami for Pius XI. It was built in the nineteenth century Square Garden, isolated and completely surrounded by avenues, in a place considered suitable for assuring the best lighting conditions for both the correct preservation of the works and their optimum aesthetic enhancement. Thus the age-old question of the exhibition of the paintings, which were constantly moved around the Apostolic Palaces due to the lack of a setting that matched their importance, was solved. A first collection of only 118 precious paintings was created by Pope Pius VI around 1790. It was of short duration due to the fact that, following the Treaty of Tolentino (1797) some of the greatest masterpieces were transferred to Paris. The idea of an art gallery, understood in the modern sense as an exhibition open to the public, was only born in 1817 after the fall of Napoleon and the consequent return to the Church State of a large part of the works belonging to it, according to the directions of the Congress of Vienna. The collection continued to grow over the years through donations and purchases until it reached the current nucleus of 460 paintings, distributed among the eighteen rooms on the basis of chronology and school, from the so-called Primitives (12th - 13th century) to the 19th century. The collection contains some masterpieces of the greatest artists of the history of Italian painting, from Giotto to Beato Angelico, from Melozzo da Forlì to Perugino and to Raphael, from Leonardo to Tiziano, to Veronese, to Caravaggio and to Crespi.
 
Tours
 (5)
  • The Last Supper Tapestry
  • The ancient sculptures of the Octagonal Courtyard
  • The Sistine Chapel
  • The Raphael Rooms
  • The Hall of Maps
  • Frescoed Ceiling of Sala delle Muse
  • Ceiling Detail - Stanza della Segnatura
There is no better time to discover the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms and the other masterpieces of the Vatican Museums than the hours of the sunset. The magic light of the evening ... morehelps appreciating the most important artworks, as our Vatican expert will guide you through the stories and the ideas which makes them alive.

Enjoy this fascinating opportunity. Every Friday evening on summertime with our Vatican Night Tour.
Language:
English
Max Group Size:
13 people
 (6)
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Michelangelo's La Pietà
  • Sistine Chapel
  • The Belvedere Courtyard
  • The Belvedere Torso
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • Ancient Greek Sculpture Halls
Our Vatican tour with skip the line tickets, explores masterpieces of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica.
Language:
English
Max Group Size:
13 people
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