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Rome and art

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    Our Concierge Service would be delighted to book you tickets for Rome’s major museums and to offer you the city's best guides so that you can relax and enjoy the Eternal City’s masterpieces.

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Rome and art

Our Concierge Service would be delighted to book you tickets for Rome’s major museums and to offer you the city's best guides so that you can relax and enjoy the Eternal City’s masterpieces.

Vatican Museums

Who hasn’t dreamed of seeing for themselves the splendour of the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms? Who hasn’t wanted to lose themselves among the masterpieces of the Vatican Museums? Now you can. 
 
The Vatican Museums house one of the world’s largest collections of art, and cover over 7 km (4 miles). We suggest visiting the Vatican Pinacoteca, with works by Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Caravaggio, followed by the Collection of Contemporary Art, with works by Francis Bacon, Marc Chagall, Giorgio De Chirico, Paul Gaugin, Vassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse and Vincent Van Gogh. 

In the Apostolic Palace you will find the Raphael Roomsand the Sistine Chapel.

The Raphael rooms

This extraordinary cycle of frescoes is Raphael’s greatest masterpiece, painted between 1509 and 1520, the year of the artist's death. The cycle comprises four rooms: 

The Room of the Segnatura
Once the seat of the highest court of the Holy See, the Segnatura Gratiae et Iustitiae, is dedicated to the celebration of knowledge: theology, philosophy, poetry and law. Particularly memorable are the frescoes in the lunette, Disputation over the Most Holy Sacrament, Cardinal and Theological Virtues and the Law, School of Athens and Parnassus. 

Room of Heliodorus
The theme of this room’s decoration was inspired by a military defeat. In the summer of 1511, the pontiff retuned to Rome after a disastrous war against the French. In a climate of great uncertainty, Raphael chose a decorative theme emphasising the protection that God had bestowed on the Church at various moments in history. The four episodes are: Expulsion of Heliodorus from the temple, Mass of Bolsena, Liberation of St Peter and Encounter of Leo the Great with Attila. 

Room of the Fire in the Borgo
This room is the last on which Raphael himself worked directly. The frescoes’ theme is Pope Leo X and his predecessors of the same name, Leo III and Leo IV, depicted in four episodes: Fire in the Borgo, Battle of Ostia, Crowning of Charlemagne and Justification of Leo III. 

Room of Constantine
In 1517, Pope Leo X commissioned Raphael to decorate this room, but the artist only had time to prepare sketches before his death in 1520. Its theme is the life of Constantine the Great and the celebration of the Church’s triumph over paganism. Its four episodes are: Vision of the Cross, Battle of Constantine against Maxentius, Baptism of Constantine, Donation of Rome.

Sistine Chapel

One of the world’s most famous sights, it takes its name from Pope Sistine IV who ordered its construction between 1477 and 1480. The conclave that elects a new pope meets here, under the frescoed ceiling painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, and behind them, on the far wall, The Last Judgement, painted by the Florentine master between 1535 and 1541.

In April of 1506, Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to decorate the ceiling. Initially, the work was to depict portraits of the 12 apostles. In the end, however, Michelangelo painted over three hundred figures.

The entire cycle of the Sistine Chapel depicts the spiritual history of humanity: from creation to the first sin, from Redemption to the end of the world. 

Upon request, we would be delighted to book you a private tour of the Vatican Museums, the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel, accompanied by the city's best guides.

Borghese gallery

How often have you heard the names of extraordinary artists such as Raphael, Caravaggio, Veronese, Bernini, and Canova? How many times have you seen Cranach’s Venus or Titian’s Sacred and Profane Love or Canova’s Paolina Borghese as Venus Victorious, sculpted by Canova? You’ll find all of these masterpieces in the Borghese Gallery.

This magnificent art collection is housed in the Villa Borghese Pinciana, owned by the noble Borghese family since 1580. The core of this collection are the sculptures and paintings of Cardinal Scipione Borghese (1579-1633), nephew of Pope Paul V and future patron of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. 

In 1607, Pope Paul V added to his nephew’s collection by giving him 107 paintings confiscated from the painter Giuseppe Cesari, known as the Cavaliere d’Arpino. The following year, Raphael’s The Deposition was added to the collection, secretly seized from the Baglioni Chapel in the Church of St Francis, near Perugia.
In 1807, Camillo Borghese sold Napoleon Bonaparte 154 statues, 160 busts, 170 reliefs, 30 columns and various vases that form the Louvre’s Borghese Collection.

Upon request, we would be delighted to book you a private tour of the Borghese Gallery, accompanied by the city's best guides.

MAXXI

Rome is also a vibrant city for contemporary art. MAXXI, the national museum of 21st-century arts, is the leading Italian institution dedicated to contemporary art and one Europe’s most important exhibition centres.

Designed by Zaha Hadid, this spectacular building lies in the Flaminio quarter, just a few minutes’ drive from our Hotel.

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