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The Pinacoteca section of the Vatican Museums is where the paintings are.  As one might expect, the Vatican has amassed a formidable collection of religiously-themed paintings over the centuries, and many noteworthy works are on display here.  Here are a few:

Last Judgment, Nicolaus and Johannes (12th C.)

Stefaneschi Triptych, Coronation, Madonna
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Musical Angels, Melozzo da Forli (c. 1480)
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Musical Angels, Melozzo da Forli (c. 1480)

Pieta, Lucas Cranach the Elder (16th C.)

Altarpieces and Paintings
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Assumption of the Virgin, Niccola Filotesio (1515)

Madonna and Child with Saints, Pietro Perugino (1495)

Nativity and Madonna and Child with Saints
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Madonna di Foligno, Raphael (1511-12)

Nativity, Ghirlandaio (15th C.)

Lament Over the Dead Christ, Giovanni Bellini (1473-76)

The Savior, Adoration of the Magi
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Adoration of the Magi, Raffaellino del Colle (16th C.)

Vision of St. Helen, Paolo Veronese (c. 1580)

Judith with the Head of Holofernes

Deposition from the Cross, Caravaggio (1600)

Crucifixion of St. Peter, Guido Reni (1604)

The Triumph of Mars, Peter Paul Rubens

St. Ignatius of Loyola, Seghers and Wildens (18th C.)

St. Francis Xavier, Seghers and Wildens (18th C.)

Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Peter Wenzel
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Among the Renaissance paintings is the almost-finished Transfiguration by Raphael (1516-20).  Raphael was something of a party animal, and was apparently taken ill following a particularly disgraceful night of carousing in 1520.  He was placed under the care of some of the finest medical minds in 1520 Rome and consequently did not survive.  The Transfiguration was found in his workshop, and was displayed at his funeral.  It is considered his last painting.

Transfiguration, Raphael (1517-20)

Transfiguration and Crowning of the Virgin
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Crowning of the Virgin, Raphael (1502-03)

Less finished is St. Jerome in the Wilderness, by Leonardo da Vinci (c. 1480). Though the painting never got very far in its development, it shows Leonardo’s talents for composition and anatomical accuracy, and is also interesting as a window into his creative process.

St. Jerome in the Wilderness, Leonardo da Vinci (c. 1482)

Next, we’ll examine some old stuff, from ancient Rome and earlier.

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