The Collection of Contemporary Religious Art in the Vatican
Most of the 5 million a year visitors of the Vatican Museum walk quickly through the crowded galleries leading em to the Sistine Chapel, neglecting the Collection of Contemporary Religious Art. Unique in its type, it was opened in 1973, when Pope Paul VI complained about the lack of examples of religious art from XXth century artists, inviting them to create and donate their own new works to the Vatican.
More than 25 Rooms of the Vatican Museum were set up to house sculptures, paintings, etchings and glass works presented by Italian and foreign artists, given this precious recognition of having their art exposed not far from Michelangelo's masterpiece. Just to name a few: the famous Thinker by RODIN, CHAGALL with his Red Pieta Rouge in an expressive vision of the Virgin Mother, the Irish FRANCIS BACON in a tribute to Velazquez's Pope Innocenzo Xth, the Italian MANZU with his series of Cardinals made in heavy bronze; not to forget de CHIRICO, MODIGLIANI, SALVADOR DALI, KANDINSKY, PICASSO.
DURATION: 1 and half hoursWHEN: from Monday to Saturday
Part of the Collection is displayed in 6 rooms of the apartment of Pope Alexander VI Borgia (1492-1503), who had PINTURICCHIO paint the ceilings. Its Renaissence-moresque style, the representation of the myth of Osiris, with the ruins of Rome on the background, give the Borgia Rooms a touch of paganism. Such a combination of sacred and profane makes the Tour unique.
(except February 11th, Easter Monday, May 1st, June 29th, August 15th, December 8th, December 25th, January 1st)
HOW: on foot, in the Vatican Museum
MEETING POINT: at the Cafeteria across the Vatican Museum entrance
MEETING TIME: to be agreed via mail
TOUR RATE: € 200 for the party (including headsets; suggested group size: max 10 people)
ADMISSION-FEE: € 16 Vatican Museum + € 4 reservation to skip the line = € 20 per person
TICKET-RESERVATION SERVICE: by us, no charge
FINAL STOP: by the Sistine Chapel
GUIDED BY: Max or Marlene
NOTE 1: the Sistine Chapel is a Church, where no explanations can be given by tour guides;
for the ones who may want to spend more time with our Guide, we offer 2 options
OPTIONAL EXTENSION AFTER THE TOUR: St. Peter's Basilica (1 and half hour; rate € 100; just ask your Guide at the end of the Tour)
OPTIONAL EXTENSION BEFORE THE TOUR: Museum Highlights, Raphael Rooms, Sistine Chapel (2 hours; rate € 150; to fix via mail)
VATICAN PACKAGE (THE COLLECTION + BOTH EXTENSIONS): 5 hours; € 400 (to fix via mail)
NOTE: the Vatican Museum is organised as a one way itinerary; your Guide will show you all directions at the end of the Tour