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In pictures: Rome churches beckon with art and no 'hordes'

Updated : December 31, 2020 01:13 PM IST

Like elsewhere in Europe, museums and art galleries in Italy were closed this fall to contain the spread of COVID-19, meaning art lovers must rely on virtual tours to catch a glimpse of the treasures held by famous institutions such as the Uffizi in Florence and the Vatican Museums in Rome. However, some exquisite gems of Italy's cultural heritage remain on display in real life inside the country's churches, some of which have collections of renaissance art and iconography that would be the envy of any museum.

A detail of the 1514 fresco
A detail of the 1514 fresco "Sybils receiving instruction from Angels" by Italian High Renaissance master painter Raffaello Sanzio, known as Raphael, adorns the inside of Santa Maria della Pace church, in Rome. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Visitors admire the marble sculpture
Visitors admire the marble sculpture "The Piety", made in 1499 by Italian sculptor Michelangelo Buonarroti, inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
A visitor admires the marble sculptural group
A visitor admires the marble sculptural group "Ecstasy of Saint Teresa" made between 1647 and 1652, by Baroque architect and sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini, in the Cornaro Chapel of Rome's Saint Mary of Victory church. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Visitors admire the tomb of Pope Julius II, with the central marble statue of Mosè, made by Italian sculptor Michelangelo Buonarroti between 1505 and 1545, inside the San Pietro in Vincoli church, in Rome. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Visitors admire the tomb of Pope Julius II, with the central marble statue of Mosè, made by Italian sculptor Michelangelo Buonarroti between 1505 and 1545, inside the San Pietro in Vincoli church, in Rome. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
A woman admires the 1514 fresco
A woman admires the 1514 fresco "Sybils receiving instruction from Angels" by Italian High Renaissance master painter Raffaello Sanzio, known as Raphael, adorns the inside of Santa Maria della Pace church, in Rome. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Visitors admire the
Visitors admire the "Conversion (of St. Paul) on the Way to Damascus", 1601, right, by Renaissance master Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio of 1601, flanking "The Assumption of the Virgin", 1601, by Annibale Carracci, inside the Cerasi Chapel of Santa Maria del Popolo church, Rome. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
A woman wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 points to a cycle of paintings by 16th-century artist Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio, on the life of St.Matthew, inside the Contarelli chapel of San Luigi dei Francesi Church, in Rome. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
A woman wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 points to a cycle of paintings by 16th-century artist Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio, on the life of St.Matthew, inside the Contarelli chapel of San Luigi dei Francesi Church, in Rome. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Published : December 31, 2020 01:13 PM IST
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