With their era-spanning status as a seat of religious and political power, it is hardly surprising that Rome in addition has remained an artistic and cultural hub across the millennia. For those considering attending Art and Design or perhaps Art History groups on student tours to this interesting, multifaceted locale, there are endless choices for inspiration and discovery – both in terms of the artistic treasures it holds and the appeal of the urban environment. Allow me to share several of the highlights to put on your itinerary.
The Vatican Museums
From Pope Julius II’s private collection of sculptures, to today’s rich gallery complex, the Vatican museums have grown in scope and scale since 1506. This century-spanning museum of art, collected by the popes, offers pupil tours an overview of Vatican art history, as well as being a well rounded art museum in its own right. Highlights include da Vinci’s St. Jerome in the Wilderness, works by Raphael, Titan and Giotto, and also certain specialist galleries & collections. The Gallery of Statues is worth a trip for anyone interested in sculpture, while the Etruscan Museum contains 19th-century archaeological finds from Etruria. The Egyptian Museum contains artefacts from Egyptian expeditions, and textiles students, meanwhile, will discover the Gallery of Tapestries interesting, with its rare 15th-17th century tapestries.
The Sistine Chapel
A cherished and revered religious symbol, among the Sistine Chapel’s most exquisite frescoes is one of the world’s most iconic images – making it an absolute requirement for pupil tours’ itineraries. Part of the Pope’s official residence, the Aposolic Palace, it is still used for religious purposes – most notably for the Papal conclave, as soon as the time comes for a new Pope being chosen. But for most of the entire year it throngs with art-lovers & excited tourists, keen for a peek of Michelangelo’s masterpiece: the ceiling. Painted between 1508 and 1512, this world renowned operate of art features the popular image, The Creation of Adam, and eight other scenes from Genesis. The chapel also includes Michelangelo’s The end Judgement.
The National Galleries
For an extensive view of Rome’s artistic historical past, pupil tours ought to consume both the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica (National Gallery of Ancient Art) as well as the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (National Gallery of Modern Art). The former spreads over the old and Renaissance eras, and its collection has pieces from Raphael, Caravaggio, Perugino as well as many more influential figures. Rome certainly didn’t cease being an artistic city after the Renaissance, and the modern day art museum is a terrific place to go to too. Hailed as the world’s largest collection of works from Italian artists with the 19th century onwards, it offers some of the greatest European artists from the last few centuries – including Umberto Boccioni, Amedeo Modigliani and Giorgio Morandi. It is also home to works by painters from further afield, such as Cezanne, Monet, Van Gough and Jackson Pollock.