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Vatican: All the Paintings: The Complete Collection of Old Masters, Plus More than 300 Sculptures, Maps, Tapestries, and other Artifacts

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Ross King, author of many works of vivid art history, including Michelangelo & the Pope’s Ceiling (2003),
introduces this sumptuous showcase of 976 of the Vatican’s art treasures, observing that “the Vatican has always been a
place sacred to the arts,” reaching back to the ancient Romans, for whom this hill overlooking the Tiber was a place of
poets and seers, and forward through centuries of church patronage. Five million visitors a year tour this uniquely
opulent citadel of art and its 21 museums, from the Pinacoteca (the picture gallery) to the Tapestry Gallery to the
Egyptian and Etruscan collections. Now everyone everywhere can experience the Vatican’s magnificent collections in this
veritable pageant of art history. Art historian Grebe provides to-the-point commentary, covering various popes’
commissioning of specific works and, beginning in the seventeenth century, avid acquisition of masterpieces. Here are
exceptionally fine photographs of the Borgia Apartments, intricate frescoes, rare manuscripts and maps, the glorious
Raphael Rooms, and the Collection of Modern Religious Art. An accompanying DVD provides additional portals onto the
artistic wonders of the Vatican. --Donna Seaman

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This comprehensive and heavy tome illustrates all the works of art on display in the Vatican and underscores the variety
of its art, including works that popes commissioned from painters as well as works that were accumulated for art
appreciation and prestige beginning in the 17th century. The book is divided into 22 sections representing the museums
and areas of the Vatican. This includes the Pinacoteca (painting gallery), with paintings given to or purchased by the
pops or removed from altarpieces of papal churches. Also included are images of art from the Borgia Apartments, the
famous Raphael Rooms, and Michelangelo?s Sistine Chapel. Lesser-known works are included, such as a collection of
modern religious art and tapestry and maps. The diversity of the holdings is highlighted by such collections as the
Pio-Clementine Museum of early Christian Rome, the Gregorian Etruscan Museum, which houses non-Western art. Not to be
forgotten is St. Peter?s Basilica and Piazz, and its art including Michelangelo?s famous Pieta sculpture.

VERDICT This book, which has many beautiful color illustrations, its own slipcover, and a DVD that includes every work
of art, will appeal to readers who are interested in the art of the Vatican.

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