Inside the Vatican Museums you will find the Cortile della Pigna between the Sistine Salon, the Museo Chiaramonti, the ... More
Cortile della Pigna
Inside the Vatican Museums you will find the Cortile della Pigna between the Sistine Salon, the Museo Chiaramonti, the Galleria dei Candelabri, the Museo Pio-Clementino and the Museo Gregoriano Egizio. The cortile is part of Bramante's Belvedere courtyard and was given the name because of the large bronze pinecone in front of the large niche. It was actually mentioned by Dante in The Divine Comedy. It dates from the Roman era and was found in Agrippa's Baths near Piazza Navona . It was probably created by the sculptor Salvius and may have been part of a fountain. It was later placed in the atrium of St Peter's with two bronze peacocks.
I found this 'sculpture' most interesting... and wondered what it was doing in the Vatican Museum...I also looked up Arnaldo Pomodoro's other sculptures listed on Internet and found them very intriguing & special.
The Passetto, also known as the Borgo Corridor, is a long and winding passage that connects the Vatican to Castel
Sant'Angelo . It was conceived by Pope Boniface IX and restored by John XXIII who understood the importance of ...
Via della Conciliazione is the main street leading to St Peter's from Adrian's Mausoleum or Castel Sant'Angelo . The project
to create this monumental street began in 1936 and ended only in 1950 (it was finally inaugurated during the ...
The fountain with the four bronze statues of the Najadi by Mario Rutelli stands in the center of the square,
bordered by the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli and Diocletian's Baths. On the other side there are buildings ...
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