Thursday, November 17, 2011

Raphael Rooms


Today, in the second celebratory installment of awesome Rome things in honor of the resignation of Silvio Berlusconi and the (possible) salvation of Italy, I leave you with two images of paintings in the Rapahel Rooms. The single painting is one of the gathering of the philosophers. Appropriate, I thought, because of our focus. The corner-shot is to give a sense of how absolutely overwhelming the experience of seeing them is. One is surrounded completely, engulfed in masterworks that form four rooms of almost impossibly magnificent art. The scene on the left wall is the Victory of Constantine, the one on the right wall is the baptism of Charlemagne.


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