Tag Archives: Michelangelo

Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel: 1 November 1512

All Saint’s Day, 1 November 1512:  As Pope Julius II and his cardinals process into the chapel, all – with the exception of the pope who has seen the work in progress – are dumbfounded by the overwhelmingly “human” narrative … Continue reading

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The Ragusa Pietà and the Cavalieri Crucifixion: the “Lost Michelangelos” are back in Rome

Il Rinascimento a Roma – The Renaissance in Rome: this new exhibition at Palazzo Sciarra opened today and will run until 12 February.  Among other paintings rarely seen side by side – they have come from other museums in Italy, … Continue reading

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Painting over the Evidence

Alessandro Farnese, who reigned as Pope Paul III from 1534 to 1549, was a man of exquisite taste and learning.  One need only look at the architects and artists  who worked at the Curia and on his family’s magnificent palaces, … Continue reading

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More on the Cappella Paolina

The chapel that for centuries was regarded as the “private” chapel of the popes and their household, or “famiglia”, has finally undergone a major restoration and will be opened by Pope Benedict XVI on 4 July.   “This chapel is the … Continue reading

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