Before I start on our second day in Rome I just want to say since this is Valentine's Day that I am married to the absolute best man in the world. Ron, you are my best friend, my soul mate, my safe place to land. Every day you show me and tell me how much you love me. I am the luckiest woman in the world and I want you to know that I love you SO much!!
I think I went overboard on taking pictures here. I have over 600 of them. And it will take me over a month just to try and look up information on all of them, so I've whittled them down to my favorite ones and the ones that I could find information on. But it still will take me too long to keep hunting for the information and my mom is getting antsy for me to post day two ;) so a majority of the pictures will not have descriptions. I'm sorry about that! If you happen to see a picture and know the history on it, I will be very happy to take any help you want to give me for it.
I've been to the Vatican Museum before, but I found out that there was another NATO wife here at the course and she wanted to see the Sistine Chapel so I agreed to go with her. Unfortunately, you can take pictures everywhere in the museum except the Sistine Chapel so I suggest you go to the link to see it. There is SO many things in this museum and it would take me forever to show you all of it, so these are just a few of the things I really liked. And don't worry, if there is something that you like that you don't see, I ended up going back to the Vatican Museum the next week with more friends.
This is the Biga Room. And below is the two horse chariot. Only the body of the chariot and part of a horse date from the 1st century A..D., the rest is the work of Francesco Antonio Franzoni in the late 18th century.
Everywhere you look, the ceilings are just beautiful! I think I had a crick in my neck by the time I finished.
The next few pictures are from the Gallery of Tapestries. The tapestries date from the 16th and 17th centuries.
The Gallery of Maps room is next and I really think it is my favorite room in the whole museum. It gets its name because of the 40 topographical maps that are painted on the walls, forming a huge atlas of 16th century Italy. On the ceiling geography and history are mixed with religious scenes linked to the regions illustrated below. The room was built in 1578-1580 by the architect Ottaviano Mascherino. In 1580 Pope Gregory XIII Boncompagni commissioned Girolamo Muziano and Cesare Nebbia to direct a group of painters and stucco artists, including the Flemish landscape painter Paul Bril in the work of decorating it. It took 3 years to complete.
I am just amazed every time I'm in this room!
The Gallery contains a number of tapestries from various periods and provenance dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. The tapestry below is the most valuable and is from a Flemish workshop and is entitled Episodes from the Passion. It shows the Last Supper and it is from the 2nd half of the 15th century.
This one is the Tapestry of the Creed and shows the Baptism of Christ at the center. It was woven in Flanders in the late 15th century.
Next up is the Sobieski Room. It once belonged to the Apartment of St. Pius V and it is named for the 19th century painting by Polish artist Jan Matejko that occupies an entire wall. It represents the victory won by the king of Poland Jan III Sobieski (1624 - 1696) over the Turks at the gates of Vienna in 1683. I love the rainbow in the picture!
More gorgeous ceilings ...
The "Mute Swans of Peace" presented to Pope Paul VI by the Diocese of New York.
I love this door!
A reminder that Christ is the Good Shepherd.
I think I need this for my house!
Ohhhh .... and that vase will go perfectly with our German porcelain!!!
More beautiful ceilings!
A nativity! I'm not sure if it is always here or if it's just here because it is January.
This is Wenzel Peter's Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. It was painted in 1830.
Guido Reni's Crucifixion of St. Peter from 1604.
The masterpiece of this section of the museum is Caravaggio's The Deposition from 1604. It shows the moment when Christ is deposed from the Cross, his body laid on a great stone to be washed and anointed with perfume.
Raffaellino del Colle's Adoration of the Magi.
Giovanni Bellini's Pieta from 1471-1474 shows the dead Christ, his body resting on the edge of the tomb, supported by Mary Magdalene, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea.
Leonardo da Vinci's unfinished painting of St. Jerome done in 1480. This painting portrays Saint Jerome in the Syrian desert where he lived the life of a hermit. He is kneeling gazing toward a crucifix which you can't see with my picture. It shows him with a rock in his right hand which he is traditionally shown beating his chest in penance. At his feet is a lion which became a loyal companion after he extracted a thorn from its paw. The lion, the stone and a cardinal's hat are the traditional attributes of the saint.
Raphael's Madonna of Foligno painted between 1511-1512. It depicts the donor (Foligno Sigismondo dei Conti) genuflecting, presented by St. Jerome to the Virgin Mary in heaven with the Christ child, seated on clouds and surrounded by little angles. At his home in Foligno, Sigismondo had escaped being struck by lightening. This scene appears in the background of the landscape. On the left are St. John the Baptist and St. Francis.
Next up is a room full of HUGE tapestries. If I remember correctly, this is a tapestry done based on Da Vinci's Last Supper.
Melozzo da Forli's Sixtus IV and Platina painted in 1477.Pope Sixtus IV is shown appointing Bartolomeo Sacchi, known as il Platina, as the first prefect of the Vatican Library. The other figures are the Protonotary Apostolic Raffaele Riario, nephew of Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere, the future Pope Julius II, Girolamo Riario, nephew of Pope Sixtus IV, and Giovanni della Rovere.
Below is Melozzo da Forli's Head of Apostles and Musical Angels from 1480. The fourteen fragments come from the Ascension of Christ, a fresco destroyed in 1711.
Leaving the Vatican behind ...
Good bye St. Peter's Basilica! I'll see you later!
Getting ready to go over the bridge on the Tiber River.
The Victor Emmanuel Monument
And for dinner I should have paid attention to where we ate, but I walked over 20 miles that day!! I was tired. I just wanted carbs and my bed. It sure was delicious though!
More later .... I want to spend time with my Valentine!