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As part of #1 Son’s recent school trip to Italy, the group spent a day at the Vatican Museums.  Although perhaps best known for the Sistine Chapel and the works of Michelangelo and Botticelli, the Museums are actually a vast interconnected complex of museums and chapels housing centuries of artwork collected and managed by the Catholic Church.  From ancient Egyptian art to modern day sculptures, the Vatican Museums have it on display.

Welcome to the Vatican Museums

Welcome to the Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums do not permit flash photography in order to help preserve the art.  #1 Son took hundreds of non-flash photos during his tour and wanted to share his favorites with our readers.  They include some of the Museum’s most famous works including Michelangelo’s Pieta, a sculpture of Mary holding a dying Jesus.  It was completed in 1499.

The Pieta at the Vatican

The Pieta at the Vatican Museums

Many images representing the Crusades caught his eye.

Images of the Crusades

Images of the Crusades at the Vatican Museum

Many popes and saints of the church are commemorated as well.

Sculpture of Pope Leo XIII at the Vatican Museums

Sculpture of Pope Leo XIII at the Vatican Museums

The Hall of Animals was an unexpected high point with its many ancient animal sculptures.

The Hall of Animals at the Vatican Museum

The Hall of Animals at the Vatican Museum

Artwork is on display everywhere, including the ceilings such as areas as the Gallery of Maps.

The Vatican Museums Gallery of Maps

The Vatican Museums Gallery of Maps

The art doesn’t stop at the door, the grounds around the museums are used to display larger pieces such as this modern globe:

Vatican Museums Globe sculpture

Vatican Museums Globe sculpture

There are few places in the world where so many important pieces of art spanning so many centuries can be seen in a single day.  #1 Son greatly enjoyed his visit to the Vatican Museums during his class trip to Rome.

If you have been there, what was your favorite work of art?


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