Hidden Vatican: Secret Treasures of the Vatican Museums with Cecilia Martini

Hidden Vatican: Secret Treasures of the Vatican Museums with Cecilia Martini


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The Vatican hides some treasures famous among the world of art historians but unknown among the public. It's got Niccoline chapel by Beato Angelico, Bramante's staircase, Raphael's Lodges, and the Paoline Chapel painted by Michelangelo. This virtual tour gives the unique opportunity to discover them. We will start from the earliest Renaissance paintings of the Vatican done by the Florentine master Beato Angelico for the pope Nicolas the V. We will then explore the staircase designed by Bramante as an entrance to the Belvedere area and the so-called "Logge Vaticane", painted by Raphael and his pupils after having seen Michelangelo's ceiling and having seen Nero's Golden House. The real highlight will be the discovery of another Chapel beside the Sistine, painted with the stories of St. Peter and St. Paul by Michelangelo. This was his last work as a painter and is a fitting piece to close our conversation.

Join 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 answers to one of the most common questions that all the visitors of the Vatican have in their mind: "How many art treasures is the Vatican hiding to the public?"

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 suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.