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, Caravaggio, Perugino, Romano, Leonardo Da Vinci and others.
Most people do not see the Vatican Pinacoteca as it is in a newer section of the museums and is off the beaten track.
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.
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
Works by Raphael Include:
- The Crowning of the Virgin
The Transfiguration of Christ
- Madonna of Foligno by Raphael
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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This was the most enjoyable tour of our entire two week vacation to Italy. Dara was quite knowledgeable and interjected fun facts and humor which made it even more engaging for our children – ages 20, 17 & 15. He was always respectful of the faith and reminded us of the rules, other tour guides must not have been as informative.
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5.0 Stars Audrey Ferrante
Dara made the whole foot pounding experience very interesting with a touch of humour thrown in for good measure. Without him pointing out things on the way we would have missed a lot. My teenage daughter was not looking forward to the tour, but afterwards she commented on how much she got out of it and found it very funny.
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I was incredibly impressed with Dara’s knowledge and the tour given. I have even purchased a book about the art of the Sistine Chapel in order to develop my knowledge!! Very impressed and would highly recommend.
5.0 Stars Lisa Mcmonagle
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Dara was so knowledgeable about all aspects of the history, architecture and general elements of the Vatican. What we really appreciated were the background stories he shared about why things were done the way that they were as it really aided our understanding and appreciation. Our group included 2 teenagers, and all of us were pleased. There was so much to cover and he did it brilliantly. His brilliant Irish wit was greatly appreciated too! I can’t imagine trying to do the Vatican on our own.
5.0 Stars Carrie
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5.0 Stars Melissa Laycock
Easy to Follow
Dara did a great job and was very informative regarding the amount of art and sculpture that was covered. His explanation was in story form and he connected what was happening during that time in a very easy to follow description.
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