- Hardcover: 398 pages
- Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0810917114
- ISBN-13: 978-0810917118
- ASIN: B000R4J8Z2
- Package Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.8 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,372,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Vatican: Spirit and Art of Christian Rome. Hardcover – 1982
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This volume, written by distinguished historians and by curators of the Vatican collections, provides an authoritative and up-to-date survey of all aspects of the Vatican City, including essays on the organization of the Catholic Church, its evolution, its councils, and its architecture and art. The growth of the papal museums and libraries is traced, and highlights of the Vatican's art collections are shown in the more than 280 color photos that illustrate the text. These photographs serve to graphically emphasize the splendor of Saint Peter's Basilica, Bernini's great colonnade, the papal palaces adorned by Raphael and other famed artists, as well as the Sistine Chapel with its magnificent frescoes by Botticelli, Pinturicchio, and Michelangelo. In addition, the reader will find among these pages privileged glimpses into private rooms and apartments in the palaces and into secluded areas in the courtyards and gardens not usually accessible to the tourist. This volume also treats the other real estate holdings, of the Vatican, that lie across the Tiber, such as the Lateran Palace and the Cancelleria, the latter a supreme example of Quattrocento architecture in Rome. The six pilgrimage churches and the Roman Catacombs are also illustrated and discussed.In sum, this volume—the result of collaboration by many experts and endorsed by the Vatican—is the most authoritative and comprehensive book ever published on the Vatican.