Individual tickets to the “Roma Aeterna. Masterpieces of the Vatican’s Pinacotheca” exhibition at the Tretyakov Gallery are available at box offices starting at 10 am and on the gallery’s website starting at noon today. Buyers must provide their given and family names and cannot buy more than four tickets. Ticket holders will have to show their IDs at the entrance.
The gallery has introduced individual tickets and has cancelled queues to curb ticket resale.
The next batch of individual tickets will be available in late December or early January.
The exhibition of masterpieces from the Vatican’s museums will be open in the Engineering Building at 12 Lavrushinsky Pereulok until 19 February. It is the first time that the Vatican’s museums, which are among the world’s 10 largest museums, have brought the best part of their collections to Russia. It comprises paintings from the 12th to 18th centuries, including 42 works by Giovanni Bellini, Melozzo da Forli, Pietro Perugino, Raphael, Caravaggio, Guido Reni, Guercino and Nicolas Poussin.
The title of the exhibit, Roma Aeterna or Eternal Rome, captures the importance of the city in history, a city that is simultaneously old and young because it embraces such distant periods as Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
The exhibition opens with Raphael’s Christ Blessing (Pax Vobiscum), which has never left the Vatican before. The painting has obvious elements of the Byzantine school and also elements that are similar to both Italian and Russian pictorial art.
St Francis of Assisi, a 13th century painting by Margaritone d’Arezzo, is in most art textbooks and one of the first portraits of a saint who played such a big part in the history of the church.
The exhibition includes several works by Gothic painters, which are rare for Russian collections, like Pietro Lorenzetti’s Christ before Pilate, which is reminiscent of the famous painting by Russian artist Nikolai Ge (What is truth? Christ and Pilate).
Melozzo da Forli’s fresco paintings of angels have been reproduced in millions of souvenirs and have become the hallmark of Rome. Melozzo’s frescoes, which are exhibited in a special room of the Vatican’s Pinacotheca, were removed from the choir of the Church of the Twelve Holy Apostles during its renovation.
The exposition concludes with a series of paintings from the 18th century, including astronomical canvasses by Donato Creti from Bologna, which captured the last period of Lo Stato Pontificio. The Papal States, over which the popes ruled from the 8th century to 1870, later became the Vatican City State (Lo Stato della Città del Vaticano).