The Vatican Pinacoteca is simply a painting gallery and is part of the Museums. It contains many excellent works from artists such as Raphael Sanzio, Carravaggio, Perugino, Romano, Leonardo Da Vinci and others.
The collection itself is quite old and the process was started over 200 years ago when Pope Pius VI assembled a selection of 118 Catholic paintings he liked from around Italy.
Twenty years later Napoleon invaded Italy and took many of these paintings back to Paris and put them in Louvre. Toppled by the British in 1817, the collection was returned to the Vatican and sat in the Borgia Apartments.
Once returned, various Popes added to the collection either by buying paintings they liked or commissioning new ones. The current building was completed in 1932 for then Pope Pius XI who wanted to ensure the paintings received the best lighting conditions available.
Today, there 460 paintings which are divided up chronologically in to 18 rooms, dating from the 12th to the 19th centuries. They give the visitor a chance to see the development of Christian and Catholic painting over the last 800 years.
Notable works include:
Works by Raphael Include:
Other artist have works including:
The Pinacoteca would suit those with a genuine interest in painting and its development or those who really want to see the tapestries which are used in the Sistine Chapel during conclave.
The Pinacoteca is off the beaten track and the majority of people who visit the Vatican do not see it. There are numerous paintings in the Vatican usually on walls and ceilings in the Museums, in the Raphael Rooms and of course in the Sistine Chapel.
My Tour reviews:
Dara was an excellent guide, knowledgeable and added a nice touch of humour to the tour. We really enjoyed ourselves on the tour.
5.0 Stars Kevin Hall
I don't know how people go to the Vatican without a guided tour. There is no other way of doing it. Our guide was incredibly informed and very intelligent. I learnt so much with this tour! He was amazing and there is no complaint to be made. On a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being the highest), he ranks at a 10+. :-) Thank you for making our Vatican tour the best!
5.0 Stars Melissa Kelly
The tour was good and Dara did a fine job explaining everything.
5.0 Stars Tom Johnson
Dara's Tour was Fantastic.
Dara's tour was fantastic. He made 2000 years of history much more fun than expected. I would certainly take his tour again when I next visit Rome. I learned so much and had a great time. Thanks!
5.0 Stars Melinda
The Tour was Great
The tour was great. Dara was a great combination of knowledge and humor. Good pace. I would use your tour company again.
5.0 Stars Mike Marotta
It was a great tour except it was too long without being able to sit down or take breaks. (This is a criticism of the Vatican many people have - there should be more benches - Dara).
5.0 Stars Sheila Picard
Brilliant Irish Wit
Dara was so knowledgeable about all aspects of the history, architecture and general elements of the Vatican. What we really appreciated were the background stories he shared about why things were done the way that they were as it really aided our understanding and appreciation. Our group included 2 teenagers, and all of us were pleased. There was so much to cover and he did it brilliantly. His brilliant Irish wit was greatly appreciated too! I can't imagine trying to do the Vatican on our own.
5.0 Stars Carrie
Tons of Sense of Humour
I love Dara's format of explaining with tons of sense of humour.
5.0 Stars Celina Tablante
Very Knowledgeable and Spirited
He was very knowledgeable and spirited. Plus, what with the Obamas in town, we had to walk the entire way around to get to the Vatican when the tour was over. As an aside, my daughter and I waited in the Vatican for almost an hour as there was a rumor that Mrs. Obama was expected, but in the end, what with only 1 1/2 days in Rome, we left. Since we continued on to Florence, Bologna, and Venice, we never did find out if we had missed seeing her. But was there ever a lot of excitement in that area
5.0 Stars Dr Donna Ferrara
Dara was Great
Dara was great. We had to leave the tour early because our ship changed the departure time from the port city - move it up 1 hour. Dara gave us great directions on where to go to see what we wanted to see since we couldn't stay with the tour. He also was very informative while the hour or so we were with the tour.
5.0 Stars Jerry Parche
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