Thursday, June 4, 2020

Raphael's Last Paintings

From Vatican News:
The allegories of Justice (Latin: Iustitia) and Friendship (Comitas) likely represent the last work of Raphael before his death in 1520. These two figures were painted in oil alongside the frescos in the Hall of Constantine in the Vatican. The exceptional discovery is the result of a careful restoration begun in March 2015. Restoration work has so far been executed on three of walls of the great Hall, which measures 18 by 12 meters with a height of about 13 meters. The Hall of Constantine was destined by Pope Leo X (Medici) for meetings with representatives and diplomats. Restoration efforts have been carried out over the past 5 years by the Restoration Laboratory of the Vatican Museums with the support of the Patrons of the Arts. Francesca Persegati leads the composed of experts coordinated by Fabio Piacentini under the scientific direction of Guido Cornini. 
The paintings were meant to be unveiled on 20 April during an international conference to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Raphael's death. Due to the coronavirus emergency, the event was cancelled. The canvases which had covered the paintings were removed on the morning of Wednesday, 13 May, in the presence of the director of the Vatican Museums, Barbara Jatta, and about 20 other people, including technicians and experts. (Read more.)

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