Collage: Modern Messages In Antique Art

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Commissioned in 1580 by Pope Gregory XIII, Danti’s ceiling in The Gallery of Maps is the ultimate meaningful collage. 

I was nervous about my visit to The Vatican City. As an atheist, I felt curious to explore but wasn’t sure that I would understand the messages conveyed within its walls.

However my wonderful guide Fabi immediately convinced me otherwise. She was passionate about the stories that the art told. She made comparisons with modern times and general life to bring even the wildest philistines into the fold.

Never more so than in the above gallery, which she aptly described as an ancient Google Maps. Exquisite paintings detailing every region of Italy lined the walls. Above, stunning stucco art was arranged into countless small frescos that told the story of the rise of Christianity – all expertly related to the regions depicted below.

Completed by a group of artists over three years, each section has a distinct character, while remaining closely linked to the overall work: The perfectly planned collage.


This post responds to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Collage.

I visited The Vatican City as part of my Grand Tour through Italy.

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5 thoughts on “Collage: Modern Messages In Antique Art

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    • Great! It was all down to my wonderfully knowledgeable guide, because it became easy for me to separate the two things on my visit, and really just appreciate the artistic skill within the sculptures and paintings for what it was. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  2. So much of the world’s great art and architecture has ties to religion. Don’t let that stop you from experiencing it. I have no religion but I love old churches, temples, mosques, etc. I visit them wherever I go. Remember that you can’t excise religion and belief from a culture. That seems to defeat the purpose of seeing the world.

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    • I couldn’t agree more Marie! Some of my favourite buildings in the world are places of worship, including the Mesquita and Córdoba and the countless small churches in Provence. Often they tend to showcase architectural skills that have long been lost in 2017… fascinating buildings!

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