vatican's museums

“We fall from womb to tomb, from one blackness and toward another, remembering little of the one and knowing nothing of the other … except through faith.” – Stephen King

Passing by Virgin and Child by Henri Matisse, Vatican Museum, Italy.

© Kevin Charles Ward

Pallas Athena/Minerva with her aegis.  Roman mosaic (3rd cent. CE), surrounded by a modern (18th century) mosaic depicting celestial bodies and geometrical patterns.  Now in the Museo Pio-Clementino, Vatican City.

Imagine all the artists from hundreds of years ago standing on scaffolding to create this 100% painted ceiling. The artwork is 2D, but it looks three-dimensional. 

Vatican Museums, Vatican City