Vatican Museums, Rome – June 2011
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Most people know the Vatican as the headquarters of the Catholic Church and the home of the Pope. But the Vatican Museums are a surprising treasure trove of art and antiquities gathered by the church over the centuries. And the collection is only part of the spectacle – the buildings and rooms themselves (culminating, of course, in the Sistine Chapel) are equally impressive. This shot is looking up at one of the many beautiful domes within the museum complex and the central medallion is a beautiful example of chiaroscuro, a technique that makes drawings appear uncannily 3-dimensional.
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