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Stanze di Raffaello

The Stanze di Raffaello, or Raphael Rooms were created over the last 12 years of the artist's short life. Summoned to Rome by Pope Julius II in 1508, the Florentine artist was given the job of decorating the pontiff's private apartments. These rooms, the Stanza di Constantino, Stanza di Eliodoro, Stanza della Segnatura and Stanza Incendio now form a fascinating part of the Vatican Museums, collectively the 'Raphael Rooms', with frescoed walls and hung paintings.

The Stanza di Constantino is more accurately 'after Raphael', painted to his designs but completed by his students, Francesco Penni, Giulio Romani and Raffaello del Colle, between 1525 and 1531. Raphael himself (variously known as Raffaello da Urbino, Raffaello Santi and Raffaello Sanzio) had died 'from the excesses of love' in 1520 at the age of just 37. Penni and Romani created the huge Battle of the Milvian Bridge, here. Into the Stanza di Eliodoro and we first see the work of Raphael himself, with his characteristically soft yet precise use of paint asserting the rise and supremacy of the Roman Catholic Church. We have the Expulsion of Hediodorus from the Temple (a supremely lifelike depiction of the horseman and flying men here) which works in Julius II, Raphael and his pupil Romano into one corner.

Miracles were routinely used to bring waverers back into the fold in medieval Europe of course, and The Mass of Bolsena depicts the miracle of a doubting German priest being reconvinced by a bleeding communion wafer. There is a portrait of Julius here, the Deliverance of St Peter (with fine use of chiaroscuro anticipating the later Caravaggio), and Leo I Repulsing Attila the Hun.

Into the Pope's study, the Stanza della Segnatura - this was Raphael's first work in Rome, completed during 1508-1511. The School of Athens is the masterwork, depicting all antiquity's greatest minds, including Plato, Aristotle and Diogenes. Here we see the triumph of science and philosophy - under the arch of a Catholic religious authority of course.

The Stanza Incendio is the last room, and the last of his work, dedicated to Julius's successor, Leo X. The balance shifts again, with Perugino (Raphael's teacher) painting the ceiling, and his pupils (mainly Giulio Romano) completing the frescoes, including Fire in the Borgo.

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Coronavirus in Italy

IMPORTANT ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

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.