We spent the second half of my birthday at the amazing Vatican Museums in Rome, Italy. I had heard of it of course, but I had no idea of how big it was or of how much stunning art was actually in there. And even though the most famous part of the Vatican Museums undoubtedly is the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's beautiful ceiling artwork and the “Last Judgment”, the Vatican Museums also contained numerous masterpieces of paintings, sculptures and other works of art collected by popes through centuries. So I basically went "ooo" and "aaa" all my way through there. Also, because of this, it was not at all easy to pick out which photos to include in this post. But below are the ones I finally decided to go with, Photos From The Amazing Vatican Museums In Rome.
The Vatican Museums were located about one kilometer from the St. Peter's Basilica.
To get there we had to walk along the Vatican Wall which surround the Vatican City.
Quite a big wall by the way.
Before we got to the main part of the Vatican Museums we passed through this courtyard.
Where we could read about the artwork in the Vatican Museums on boards before we entered.
The tour begins. There were a lot of sculptures in the Vatican Museums.
This one is of Laocoön and His Sons. Laocoön was a priest who advised against letting the wooden horse inside Troy, but not only was his warning ignored the Gods also sent serpents to kill him and his sons. Which is what this sculpture is of, so quite sad actually.
Now I am not sure if this is a God dog? But it was a dog, so of course I had to take a photo of him. ;-)
But what really struck me were all these long halls packed with amazing art from top to bottom!
Stunning ceiling in the Gallery of Maps.
Another fantastic hall filled with art.
And all of these fantastic roofs!
Of course most of the artwork in the Vatican Museums are related to the Bible. And although I could not place all paintings, when I could recognize one it was very interesting to see the artist's interpretation.
Not quite sure which scene this is for example, but I have a few in mind.
This looks like when Jesus got baptized?
War. A mega painting by the way.
The infamous Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s artwork on the roof and his "Last Judgment" on the wall straight ahead. The walls on the side were also filled with art by other well known artists, but it is of course Michelangelo’s that is most famous here. And while we were in there the guards kept saying "schh" every other minute, because it is after all a chapel.
Now this was something, huge carpets of art!
This is the Tapestry of the Resurrection of Christ based on a cartoon by Raphael's school. Very vivid.
Looks like a highly interesting conversation indeed.
I found this painting quite intriguing for some reason, I think it is of Moses?
Now I wish I could have remebered what all the paintings were of, but I just don't have that good of a memory... I researched some, but could not find information about all of the ones I have posted here. But I think they kind of speak for themselves anyway. :-) Either way, I can say that I was very tired after this day of non-stop walking and climbing stairs. And having just become one year older, well it felt like my body ached just a tiny bit extra that night. Lol! Naw, it was actually not that bad to turn 30. Now I just won't ever mention my age again! ;p But seriously, I can honestly say that I will never forget this birthday because it was a truly amazing and unforgettable day in many ways.
Moving on, next post will be my last one from Rome and it will include photos from the streets of Rome as well as my experiences with some of the Italian cuisine. A rather yummy post in other words. :-)