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"Logge e stanze di Raffaello" Vatican Museums Tip by Julius_Caesar

Vatican Museums, Rome: 157 reviews and 373 photos


Pope Julius II Della Rovere commissioned 25 year old Raphael Sanzio in 1508 to paint the frescos in his four room apartment on the top floor. They comprise the Stanza della Segnatura, the Stanza of Heliodorus, the Stanza of the Borgo Fire and the Sala of Constantine. The Raphael Loggia consists of 13 arches forming a gallery 65 metres long and 4 metres wide. The construction was started by Bramante in 1512, under Pope Julius II and was completed by Raphael Sanzio under the reign of Leo X. The pictorial work was initiated in 1517. The 52 scenes on the ceilings of the loggia are still popularly referred as "The Raphael Bible".
It is said that a couple of cardinals, watching Raphael at work on his frescoes, annoyed the artist by keeping up a stream of ill-informed criticism. “The face of the apostle Paul is far too red”, complained one. “He blushes to see into whose hands the Church has fallen”, said Raphael.

Address: Vatican Museums
Phone: +39 329 530 3586

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  • Written Feb 14, 2005
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