Pinacoteca

The Vatican Pinacoteca is simply a painting gallery and is part of the Museums. It contains many excellent works from artists such as Raphael Sanzio, Carravaggio, Perugino, Romano, Leonardo Da Vinci and others.

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Vatican Collection

The collection itself is quite old and the process was started over 200 years ago when Pope Pius VI assembled a selection of 118 Catholic paintings he liked from around Italy.


Vatican Art

Twenty years later Napoleon invaded Italy and took many of these paintings back to Paris and put them in Louvre. Toppled by the British in 1817, the collection was returned to the Vatican and sat in the Borgia Apartments.


Paintings in the Vatican

Once returned, various Popes added to the collection either by buying paintings they liked or commissioning new ones. The current building was completed in 1932 for then Pope Pius XI who wanted to ensure the paintings received the best lighting conditions available.


Vatican Museums Artwork

Today, there 460 paintings which are divided up chronologically in to 18 rooms, dating from the 12th to the 19th centuries. They give the visitor a chance to see the development of Christian and Catholic painting over the last 800 years.


Pictures of the Vatican in Rome

Notable works include:

  • The Stefaneschi Triptych by Giotto di Bondone
  • Crowning of the Virgin by Filippo Lippi
  • Angel Frescos by Melozzo da Forli
  • Madonna and Child by Perugino


Raphael Madonna

Works by Raphael Include:

  • The Crowning of the Virgin, The Transfiguration of Christ, and Madonna of Foligno by Raphael (Sanzio)
  • The Sistine Chapel Tapestries by Raphael


Vatican City Art

Other artist have works including:

  • St. Jerome by Leonardo da Vinci
  • Crowning of the Virgin by Giulio Romano
  • Deposition from the cross by Caravaggio
  • Martyrdom of St Erasmus by Nicolas Poussin
  • Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden by Wenzel Peter


The Last Supper Tapestry

The Pinacoteca would suit those with a genuine interest in painting and its development or those who really want to see the tapestries which are used in the Sistine Chapel during conclave.


Things to see in Vatican City

The Pinacoteca is off the beaten track and the majority of people who visit the Vatican do not see it.
There are numerous paintings in the Vatican usually on walls and ceilings in the Museums, in the Raphael Rooms and of course in the Sistine Chapel.



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