Describes the art treasures of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and the Basilica of Saint Peter. This book examines the paintings of the Pinacotheca, especially the pictures of Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, and Caravaggio.
A unique look at the treasures of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and the Basilica of Saint Peter from an official guide of the Eternal City.
In a tiny enclave in the heart of Rome lies the world's smallest independent state—the Vatican. Over the course of fifteen hundred years, successive popes have commissioned and assembled an extraordinary collection of artistic works within Vatican walls.
Eminent expert Professor Enrico Bruschini
takes readers on a fascinating personal tour through the Vatican's magnificent sacred halls, vividly bringing to life works by Raphael, da Vinci, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, and many others, while sharing interesting curiosities about the artists, their art, and the historical context in which they worked. Bruschini's unprecedented access to areas rarely open to the public enables him to offer a unique behind-the-scenes tour that reveals the Vatican's most intimate secrets and hidden treasures. With maps and rare photographs from the Vatican archives, “In the Footsteps of Popes” is an extraordinary excursion that is not to be missed.
Named Official Art Historian of the American Embassy in Rome in 1984 and Official Guide of Rome in 1989, Enrico Bruschini
is an Italian historian, art expert, professor, author, and passionate storyteller. Until his retirement in 1998, he served as the embassy's fine art curator. Bruschini has given city tours to many of the most important guests of the Italian state, and his art discoveries have made international headlines.