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La Nuova Pinacoteca Vaticana

A central element of the Vatican Museums, though housed in a separate building beside the main spine of the Vatican, La Nuova Pinacoteca Vaticana (or Vatican Pinacotheca) was opened in 1909 - today it is probably Rome's best gallery of paintings ... and thus one of the finest in the world.

A roll call of the artists on display shows the importance of the Pinacoteca (which simply translates as 'art gallery'). Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Perugino, Titian, Paol Veronese, Correggio and Pinturicchio sit alongside Byzantine paintings, there is a superb Giotto triptych and a quite unique Caravaggio Descent from the Cross.

Most of these works could have been lost to Rome forever. The peripatetic journey of these painting to their current resting place mirrored the geo-political chaos wrought by Napoleon on Europe during the nineteenth century. Bonaparte was a keen looter of artefacts wherever his army fetched up, and Rome provided rich pickings. Archives, manuscripts and paintings were scooped up from the Vatican and taken back to Paris. Napoleon fell of course, and Pius VII arranged the return of the artefacts to Rome in 1815, arranged them as a collection, added some more paintings and created the Pinacoteca Vatican in the Appartamento Borgia. The collection was then shuffled around the Vatican before finally being removed to the ground floor of the Vialone del Museo.

Here you will see works from the early Renaissance, through the High Renaissance and up to the nineteenth century. The earliest works include pieces by Lippi and Crivelli and, especially, the Simoneschi triptych by Giotto, the Martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul, from the early 1300s (and which originally hung in the old St Peter's Basilica). There is a room dedicated to Raphael, with important works including the Coronation of the Virgin, the Transfiguration, and the Madonna of Foglino.

There is Leonardo's unfinished St Jerome, and Caravaggio's Descent from the Cross is unusual in depicting Mary as a middle-aged woman, grieving over the body of the martyred Christ. Reni's Crucifixion of St Peter (the first pontiff of course) and Poussin's Martyrdom of St Erasmus continue a theme of saints dying for the Church - gruesomely so in the latter, as we see Erasmus's intestines being slowly wound from his stomach onto a drum, part of the drawing and quartering process.

In 2011 the Vatican have added some tactile representations of assorted works in order that they may be further appreciated by those who are visually impaired. These are 2 dimensional renderings of assorted pieces and feature large print and information in braille.

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Coronavirus in Italy


Please note that in order to use your tickets you MUST be able to provide one of the following:

  • - Covid19 Green Pass certification (in digital or paper format) able to attest - together with a valid identity document - that they have received at least one dose of one of the vaccines authorized by the EMA or AIFA (Comirnaty by Pfizer-BioNtech, Vaxzevria by Astrazeneca, Janssen by Johnson & Johnson and Moderna)
  • Exemptions: COVID-19 Green Certification is not required for children excluded by age from the vaccination campaign (under 12 years of age) and those exempt on the basis of appropriate medical certification.
  • - Visitors from Israel, Canada, Japan and the United States - Vaccination certificates issued by the health authorities of these countries (complying with EU Recommendation no. 2021/912 of 20 May 2021) will also be accepted, but must include the identifying data of the person and data regarding the type of vaccine and date(s) of administration. Please note that certificates will be accepted if they are in Italian, English, French or Spanish. If the certificate is not issued in bilingual form and not in one of the four languages indicated in the Order of the Minister of Health of 18 June 2021, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation.

This documentation must be presented at the entrance when the body temperature is checked.

Security queues to check the Green Pass requirements may be a bit long so do allow plenty of time to ensure you do not miss your entrance slot. Have your Green Pass and ID ready for viewing. Whilst they may seem long, queues do move fast so please be patient. Thank you for your cooperation.

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a Green Pass and a valid identity document, you will not be able to access and your ticket will not be refunded. For further information www.dgc.gov.it

Due to Coronavirus many venues and events are applying strict entry conditions. These will vary by venue but common examples are:

  • You must wear a compliant CE mask (Ordinanza RT n.48) which covers both mouth and nose.
  • Disposable single-use gloves must be worn at all times.
  • Hands (or gloves) must be cleaned with a disinfectant gel on entry.
  • Your temperature (which will be measured on entry) must not be above 37.5°C.
  • Visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.8m at all times.
  • There may be a maximum visitor limit in place - in some cases this may lead to delays

Any conditions may be changed without notice as Italian regulations are updated.

If you are denied entrance because of failure to meet entry conditions, no refunds will be available.