Restoration of Raphael's Vatican Frescoes Finally Complete

Date Posted: 28/02/13

Restoration of Raphael's Vatican Frescoes Finally Complete

For most of those on Rome city breaks, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel is one of the must-visit destinations in the Italian capital.

But visitors to the Vatican will now also be able to marvel at the fully-restored work of another of the most celebrated Renaissance artists - Raphael.

A collection of frescoes by the painter, located in the second-floor apartment of the Pontifical palace used by Pope Julius II and his successors until the mid-16th century, have now been returned to their former glory following a restoration process that took 30 years to complete, reports the New York Times.

Raphael was summoned to Rome in 1508 and commissioned to decorate the four frescoed rooms, a task that took until 1524 to complete with Raphael's disciples finishing the work after the great artist's death in 1520.

The restoration process began in 1982 and was carried out one fresco at a time so that visitors could continue to see Raphael’s famed works.

Posted by Becky Spence

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