The Raphael Rooms: Treasures of the Vatican with Cecilia Martini - Context Travel

The Raphael Rooms: Treasures of the Vatican with Cecilia Martini

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Nowhere else represents the Renaissance better than the Raphael Rooms at the Vatican. Within these rooms, the extraordinary personalities of Pope Julius II and of 25 year old Raphael met in a perfect, brief, unique moment where art, faith, and culture blended in perfect harmony.

“Here lies that famous Raphael by whom Nature feared to be conquered while he lived, and when he was dying, feared herself to die.” This inscription was written on Raphael’s grave exactly 500 years ago, alluding to his magnificence and talent that continues to captivate audiences, scholars, and artists alike today.

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

This conversation will explore the pinnacle of his work, “The School of Athens”, emphasizing his impressive technique and intellect to reveal how this artistic masterpiece became a symbol of the Renaissance itself. We will investigate the artistic and symbolic meanings of this fresco and their relations to politics, philosophy, and faith, going beyond a surface-level analysis to deeper, more nuanced explanations. The frescoes done by him and his pupils in the Rooms represent a peak of his art, of the history of art itself, and that of Western Culture.

“She’s terrific. Easy to listen to, interesting and smart!”

Join art historian Cecilia Martini for this flight through the Papal apartments during this interactive seminar. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with deeper insight into Raphael’s Art at the peak of his glory.

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.