One of the most visited art museums in the world is the Vatican Museum.
The easiest and fastest way to get inside the Vatican Museum is to purchase an individual ticket or group tour ticket online, either of which will enable you to bypass the ticket line completely. Just a little disclaimer though, this tour literally flooded my mind with tons of information so I will try my best to keep this entry short or at least give details on every photo posted.
The Cortile della Pigna (commonly known as the pine cone courtyard) is just 1/3 of courtyards inside the Vatican.
In the middle of the wide-open space are two concentric spheres called Sfera con Sfera (Sphere within a sphere) by Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro (1990).
Btw, we loved the spring weather. Here's our sister OOTD.
According to the gospel of Luke 24: 13-35, Jesus appeared to two Emmaus disciples after his resurrection. This is one of the many tapestries on the life of Christ produced by the workshop of Pieter van Aelst in Brussels (1524-31) based on drawings from the Rafeal workshop.
The next room is the 120 meter long Gallery of Geographical Maps. It contains a series of painted topographical maps of Italy based on drawings by friar and geographer Ignazio Danti (Renaissance Art).
The decorations on the vaulted ceiling (which has got to be the most beautiful ceilings I have ever seen in my entire life) are the work of a group of Mannerist artists including Cesare Nebbia and Girolamo Muziano.
The last stop and probably highlight of our Vatican Museum tour would have to be the time we went inside the Sistine Chapel. The Sistine Chapel is famous for its interior Fresco paintings by Italian Renaissance master Michelangelo. The chapel has served as a place of both religious and functionary papal activity. Today it is the site of the Papal conclave, the process by which a new pope is selected. Photos were strictly not allowed so I just grabbed this from Travelify.
In the center part of the ceiling you'll see nine scenes from the book of Genesis of wherein the Creation of Adam is best known for. Photo grabbed from AcesWeeklyBlog.
The Last Judgement is a depiction of the Second Coming of Christ and the final and eternal judgment by God of all humanity.
Before leaving the museum, visitors get a glimpse or pass by the spiral staircase designed and built by Giuseppe Momo (1932). It is made up of two wrought iron stairways – one going up, one going down – that curve in a double helix. Ironically it was created in a time before the double helix became a symbol for science, DNA and subsequently, all human life.