August 28, 2010 § Leave a comment
Here’s the original entrance into the Musei Vaticani (which roughly translates to “Vatican Museum”). In the middle is the papal seal, which contains the papal hat at the top and the symbols of St. Peter (keys) and St. John the Baptist (the eagle). On the right is Raphael, the famous painter (he also wore red and carried knives) while the left is a stature of Michelangelo, sculptor and painter of the Cistine Chapel (he wore blue, carried two swords, and was regarded as the leader of the group). Between the two of them you get all of the most famous works held in the Vatican, and exactly one-half of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (Leonardo and Donatello of course rounding out the fearsome foursome). We didn’t actually go through this door because there is now a modern entrance that was build about 10 years ago, but we did get to look at it.