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To commemorate the 500th death anniversary of Renaissance artist Raphael, a museum in Rome has opened its doors virtually, to the greatest exhibition of the artists work, for the first time in history. By Manya Saini
Rome’s Scuderie del Quirinale is here to rescue all history and art buffs from the lockdown blues and transport them 500 years back to the Renaissance era. The exhibition originally was to open its doors to visitors from across the world, having pre-sold 70,000 tickets but was forced to close after Italy went under lockdown.
The outbreak of the Coronavirus and the subsequent restrictions have stopped the guests from physically witnessing the vibrance of the great art, the museum has opened its doors virtually for the world. The highlights and most enthralling pieces of the collection are now in a 13-minute video uploaded on the Quirinale Website and YouTube channel.
The collection is curated from many museums across Europe including The Louvre in Paris, Madrid’s Museo del Prado, and London’s National Gallery among others. It even has a life-sized reproduction of Raphael’s original tomb, from a nearby Pantheon in Rome.
The film takes viewers around the exhibition, on a virtual journey that covers 11 rooms. The narration available in both English and Italian explains the fascinating history and meaning of the art. There are a dozen shorter videos also available to study some exhibits in minute detail, however, the narration is only in Italian.
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The Quirinale show was the crown jewel of the celebration’s planned across the world to commemorate the artist’s 500th death anniversary. It had brought together over 120 pieces to showcase Italy’s rich cultural tapestry to the world.
If you having been searching for some inspiration and infotainment through the lockdown, look no further. Beat the lockdown blues with art, and spark your imagination!