Italy - Rome - Vatican - Interior View of the Vatican 

The Gallery of Statues

Italy - Rome - Vatican - Interior - Gallery of Statues
  • (19)  Gallery of Statues, Vatican, Rome, Italy. 
                 Copyright 1897, by Underwood & Underwood.


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Description (Back): 

     You are near the farthest northern end of the great palace;  its huge buildings and courts extend off to your right more than five hundred feet between you and St. Peter's.  This beautiful marble hall was constructed four hundred years ago as a detached building, a sort of summer-house or garden Pavilion separate from the palace proper:   but, in the course of successive additions and alterations in the buildings, it has now come to be a part of the main pile.  Clement XIV. and Pious VI. established the sculptures here.  Some of these marbles are by very old Greek masters.  some are the work of Italian artists in the days of Rome's classic splendor.  A few are more modern, but almost all of the statues you see now have been dug out at different times out of ancient ruins and rubbish-heaps.  They are scattered fragments from the splendid temples and palaces of that old civilization which flourished here in the days when Jesus Christ taught in Galilee.

     To some visitors it is a surprise to see gallery after gallery here in the Papal palace filled with relics of pagan art, but the Popes have realized how valuable such works of art may be in preserving old-time ideals of beauty.  Many of the Popes have personally devoted time and thought to the study of classic art in order to learn what it contains of abiding value for modern times.  The ancient Greeks, for example, did such absolutely fine, true thinking along mathematical lines, that the principals they grasped and stated are to this very day the basis of our own school instruction.  They also understood beauty of proportion and grace of line more completely than any other people who ever lived, and comparatively few bits of their sculptures which are left to us to-day can still teach our own artists and artisans how to make each new piece of hand-work more beautiful.

    From Descriptive Bulletin No. 2, copyrighted,
1904, by Underwood & Underwood.


Gallery of Statues, the Vatican, Rome.


Description and Comments
  • Photographic print mounted on a curved dark gray colored card mount.
  • This stereo view is probably from an Underwood & Underwood set.


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