The Borgia Pope and his Renaissance Apartments: Treasures of the Vatican with Cecilia Martini - Context Travel

The Borgia Pope and his Renaissance Apartments: Treasures of the Vatican with Cecilia Martini


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During the dark papacy of Alexander the VI Borgia, the papal apartments were a unique stage where political plots were woven, murders were planned, scandalous parties took place and amazing art was promoted.

“Cecilia is so knowledgeable and organized. I learned so much from this presentation.”

The Borgia apartments decorated by Pinturicchio are the place where Alfonso d‘Aragona was assassinated, where the Pope slept with his mistress and where he eventually was poisoned, and died. But they are also the place where the great painter Pinturicchio left some of the most enigmatic paintings of Renaissance, connected with the mysteries of ancient Egypt and with the Propaganda about the Pope and his family.

“I love Cecilia, lively and interactive. Perfect balance between history, art and curiosities.”

The purpose of this conversation is to learn more about the Borgia (also to correct, when needed, their dark legend) and at the same time to look at the frescoes in depth exploring their artistic and symbolic meanings and their relations with Politics and Propaganda at the Court of Alexander VI.

“Cecilia is very knowledgeable. I found the lecture very enlightening.”

Join the art historian Cecilia Martini for this flight through the Papal Apartments in this interactive Seminar. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, this conversation is meant to discover Pinturicchio’s Art while the narration of the stories that happened in the same rooms will make them come alive.

Photo credit: Web Gallery of Art

Cecilia is an art historian and a native Roman with a Master's degree in Medieval and Renaissance art from the Sapienza University of Rome. Although her specialty is painting and decorative arts, she has a broad knowledge of the history of Rome and a personal passion for ancient history, which she shares on many antiquity-themed itineraries. Cecilia has worked actively in the past as a lecturer, teacher, and curator of exhibitions. She had been a staff member of the didactive service of the Vatican Museums, the Galleria Doria Pamphili and the Galleria Colonna where she still frequently consults. As a licensed guide for Rome and Florence and with a specialized teaching degree, she has more than 20 years of experience in leading highly-qualified tours.

This conversation is not suitable for children under age 16.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.