Vatican City: Art & Glory VHS
-The C.I.N.D.Y. Awards- Honorable Mention
-The Dove Foundation Family Approved Seal
Conceived in glory and preserved in art, Vatican City is both the capital of Roman Catholicism and the repository for a sublime array of Italy's cultural masterpieces. The smallest independent principality in the world, it lies on the banks of the Tiber in the center of Rome, with the Pope presiding as leader of this city-state.
See the Vatican's priceless treasures through the eyes of its artists, poets and architects: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling, the Pieta and the dome he designed to crown St. Peter's Church; Bernini's canopy rising from the center of the Church's nave. Visit St. Peter's square- its colonnaded arms spread to enfold its guests; the museums which hold some of Western Civilization's most prized works; Raphael's School of Athens, the Apollo Belvedere... All of this and more can be found in what Pope Pius XI called "this small patch of earth."
given by: The International Association of Audio Visual Communicators -- CINDY Award: Honorable Mention
if youve never had the opportunity to travel to these cities,visiting it through these films is the next best thing. -- Art Times
informative tour among the priceless...as seen through the eyes of its artist,poets and architects, A BREATHTAKING ARRAY OF MASTERPIECES. -- The Washington Post- by Martie Zad
weave of historical background and aesthetic commentary communicating a sense of overwhelming abundance A BRIEF,TANTALIZING GLIMPSE OF ONE OF THE WORLDS TREASURES. -- Moon Travel Handbook: Travel Matters- by Bill Newlin
THIS PROGRAM WILL HAVE SUREFIRE APPEAL TO ART, ARCHITECTURE, HISTORY, AND TRAVEL BUFFS. -- The Midwest Book Review
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In my on-line review of "Florence - Cradle of the Renaissance", I stated that the picture quality was that of a tourist operating their new video camera. I am happy to say that the cameraperson seems to have honed their skills a bit in Florence before moving on to the Vatican. Be warned, though, that there are still many unfocused views and still shots of very poor quality.
What this video has - that the Florence video did not - is the cameraperson's discovery of the "zoom" button. The overly-used reverse zoom technique can be very unsettling. Remember to take your Dramamine one half hour before watching this video.
As with "Florence - Cradle of the Renaissance" the narration is not very intelligent.
Finally, it appears that the film crew [was there a film crew?] did not get any additional access than is avaiable to the public. My own vacation video included most of the artwork covered.
This video gets one star for spelling "Vatican" correctly.