With its era spanning status as a seat of political and religious power, it’s hardly surprising that Rome has also remained a cultural and artistic hub across the millennia. For those interested in attending Art and Design or perhaps Art History groups on student tours for this fascinating, multifaceted city, there are endless choices for inspiration and discovery – both in regards to the artistic treasures it has plus the appeal of the urban environment. Listed below are some of the highlights to put on the itinerary of yours.
The Vatican Museums
From Pope Julius II’s personal collection of sculptures, to present day rich gallery complex, the Vatican museums have grown in scope and scale after 1506. This century spanning museum of art, collected by the popes, offers student tours an overview of Vatican art history, and also being a well-rounded art museum in its own right. Highlights include da Vinci’s St. Jerome in the Wilderness, works by Raphael, Giotto and Titan, and several specialist galleries & collections. The Gallery of Statues is worth a visit for anyone interested in sculpture, while the Etruscan Museum contains 19th-century archaeological finds from Etruria. The Egyptian Museum has artefacts from Textiles students, and egyptian expeditions, meanwhile, will see the Gallery of Tapestries interesting, with its rare 15th-17th century tapestries.
The Sistine Chapel
A cherished and revered religious symbol, among the Sistine Chapel’s most exquisite frescoes is one of the world’s most famous images – making it an absolute must for student tours’ itineraries. Part of the Pope’s official residence, the Aposolic Palace, it is still used for religious purposes – most notably for the Papal conclave, when the time comes for a new Pope to be picked. But for nearly all of the year it throngs with eager tourists & art-lovers, keen for a peek of Michelangelo’s masterpiece: the ceiling. Painted between 1508 and 1512, this world renowned function of art features the well known image, The Creation of Adam, in addition to 8 other scenes from Genesis. The chapel likewise consists of Michelangelo’s The last Judgement.
The National Galleries
For a comprehensive view of Rome’s artistic heritage, student tours should consume both the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica (National Gallery of Ancient Art) as well as the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (National Gallery of Modern Art). The former goes all over the historic and Renaissance eras, and its collection has pieces from Raphael, Caravaggio, Perugino and many more influential figures. Rome definitely didn’t quit being an artistic town after the Renaissance, and the contemporary art museum is a terrific place to pay a visit to too. Hailed as the world’s largest collection of works from Italian artists with the 19th century onwards, it includes some of the greatest European artists from the last several centuries – including Umberto Boccioni, Amedeo Modigliani and Giorgio Morandi. It is also home to works by painters from further afield, including Cezanne, Monet, Van Gough and Jackson Pollock.
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