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149 Paintings You Really Should See in Europe — Rome and Vatican City

149 Paintings You Really Should See in Europe — Rome and Vatican City

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149 Paintings You Really Should See in Europe — Rome and Vatican City

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40 Seiten
21 Minuten
Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Oct 16, 2013
ISBN:
9781459723948
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Buch

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This chapter from Julian Porter’s essential companion to all the major European museums and galleries discusses some of the greatest paintings to be found in the museums and galleries of Rome and the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel. His passion for art began with the seven years he spent as a student tour guide in Europe. In this segment he discusses works by masters such as Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Raphael.

In the usually pretentious arena of art connoisseurs, Porter’s voice stands out as fresh and original. He finds the best of the best, which he describes with entertaining irreverence, and spares you hours of sore feet and superfluous information.

Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Oct 16, 2013
ISBN:
9781459723948
Format:
Buch

Über den Autor

Julian Porter is a litigation lawyer whose other passion in life is art. He’s had a lot of fun looking at art and wants to share his enthusiasm with others. He has lectured in galleries from Madrid to St. Petersburg. He lives in Toronto.

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149 Paintings You Really Should See in Europe — Rome and Vatican City - Julian Porter

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(Rome and Vatican City)


For anyone interested in experiencing the best in European art, a trip to Rome is a must. The Vatican and the surrounding chapels and galleries house one of the world’s most extensive and impressive collections of Western religious art.

A visit to the Vatican requires courage and planning. You must be willing to face hordes of visitors — pious pilgrims, naive students, gawking shutterbugs, and self-important dilettantes — all crowding seemingly endless lineups. It is definitely worth the expense to join a tour or to have your hotel arrange a guide who can get you in and lead you to the Sistine Chapel.

The tourists stand in line for hours, proceeding through endless Vatican memorabilia of popes long past and incomprehensible maps. As they pass through the Vatican Museum, they reach the Raphael Room, which, though crowded and poorly lit, houses the superb Delivery of St. Peter. Eventually, they are shoved through to reach their ultimate goal, the Capella Sistina — the chapel of the pope — with its Michelangelo ceiling and Last Judgment.

The chapel is a hubbub, a sea of noise. Signs say no cameras, yet everyone is clicking, flashing, whirring, blazing away. The rumble of talk swings up towards a crescendo then, with the constant admonition of the Vatican Swiss Guards imploring "silenzio," the sound falls off a bit — only to surge up again moments later. (I used to lecture in the chapel. I know not how, but I did. The crowds would congregate, timid fish, listening then darting to another group. If I was in good form, with sonorous voice, I would get the outer fish for my

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