Salette Borgia, whose early Renaissance ornamentation is noticeably different in style than the majority of the palace. Ironically these rooms are the entrance to what is now the Collection of Modern Religious Art, which many visitors nearly run through on their way to the Sistine Chapel.
<---- in the Salette Borgia: splendidly painted in jewel tones, and blissfully empty of visitors.
These and other parts of the Borgia Apartments were decorated with wonderful frescoes and ornament including some stylish grottesche, and fresco murals, painted in the 15th century by renown artist Pinturicchio and his sizable atelier of assistants.
|painted drapery with the Papal coat of arms of Alexander VI|
This entire suite of rooms in the Apostolic Palace was abandoned in 1503, after the death of Pope Alexander VI, because of their association with the disgraced Borgia family. Shuttered and largely disused for nearly two centuries, they escaped redecoration by later popes.
|worn tile floors: evidence of hundreds of thousands of visitors passing through.|
|A wall paneled with stenciled patterns, and a trompe l'oeil window.|
Above it, a fresco by Pinturicchio depicting the Annunciation.
|Another detail of the ceiling- note the jewel tone color scheme|
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photos in this post by Lynne Rutter, Vatican City, 2008