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Vatican, the nation of the Pope, has opened the doors to its secrets.
Masterpieces from the Renaissance period will be exhibited in Korea for the first time.
A total of 73 masterpieces from the collection of the Vatican Museum, dating from the early Renaissance period to its Golden Age (14th – 16th Century), including paintings, decorative art pieces and sculptures will be on display for the first time in Korea.
The inclusion of works by the great masters Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raffaello Sanzio has attracted public interest. From Leonardo da Vinci’s “St. Jerome in the Wilderness” depicting the agony and anguish of Saint Jerome, Raffaello’s “Faith Hope Charity” illustrating the greatest virtue of mankind, the “angelic painter” Fra Angelico’s “Madonna and Child” and star of the Vatican Melozzo delli Ambrogi’s “Angel playing the Viola”, the cast of Michelangelo’s “Pieta” depicting the grief and sorrow of Madonna in sculpture, the dramatic depiction of the agony of mankind standing at the crossroads of life and death in “Laocoön and His Sons”, “Apollo Belvedere” the inspiration for Cappella Sistina’s “The Last Judgement”, to “Torso Belvedere” the inspiration for Rodin’s “The Thinker”, the artistic message of the Renaissance period will be conveyed through a wide variety of paintings and sculptures on display.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452~1519)
Genius Painter of the Renaissance Period, Leonard da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci was a person of strong curiosity with a wide variety of interests including art, music, mathematics, biology, anatomy, geography, mechanical design, zoology, geology, armaments, and aeronautics. As an artist, he was highly observant and a master at capturing the instant movement. His greatest aim was to realize “a lively man”. To achieve this, he carried out autopsies and was a proponent of the technique of perspective. He devised one of the fundamental aesthetic skills of the Renaissance, the aerial perspective, where images further from one’s field of vision is blurred. Working primarily in Firenze, Rome and France, his representative works include “The Last Judgment” and “Mona Lisa”.
St. Jerome in the wilderness
Leonardo da Vinci
Circa 1480/Oil on panel/103×75 cm
Genius surpassing the limits of Man, Michelangelo
Michelangelo’s talent was evident from a young age. At the age of 13, he became the apprentice of renowned Firenze painter, Domenico Ghirlandajo. The following year he entered the House of Medici’s academy to study sculpture. After that, under the patronage of the House of Medici he studied not only the arts but also subjects that formed the foundations of the Renaissance such as philosophy and the humanities. It was this compre…