The Vatican: All the Paintings: The Complete Collection of Old Masters, Plus More than 300 Sculptures, Maps, Tapestries, and other Artifacts

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In the same style, manner, and format as The Louvre: All the Paintings (Black Dog & Leventhal, 2011), every Old Master painting on display in the Vatican, as well as hundreds of additional masterpieces and treasures in the papal collection, is included in this deluxe slipcased volume with companion DVD.

The Vatican is one of the most visited sites in the world and houses many museums and palaces, as well as one of the finest art collections known to man. Works of interest include Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel and his Pieta; the Raphael frescoes; the works of Giotto, Fra Angelico, Titian, and Caravaggio; and some of the world's finest statues, manuscripts, architecture, and gardens, as well as the world's most precious Christian relics.

The Vatican: All the Paintings is an unprecedented celebration of this great collection. The book is organized into 22 sections representing the museums and areas of the Vatican, including the Pinacoteca, the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms, the Borgia Apartments, the Vatican Palaces, and St. Peter's Basilica.

Each one of the 976 works of art represented in the book—including 661 classical paintings on display in the permanent painting collection and 315 other masterpieces—is annotated with the name of the painting and artist, the date of the work, the birth and death dates of the artist, the medium that was used, the size of the work, and the catalog number (if applicable). In addition, 180 of the most iconic and significant paintings and other pieces of art are highlighted with 300-word essays by art historian Anja Grebe on such topics as the key attributes of the work, what to look for when viewing the work, the artist's inspirations and techniques, biographical information on the artist, and the artist's impact on art history.

The design of the book enables the reader to carefully examine and enjoy the 180 full- and half-page featured paintings as well as the rest of the collection of paintings, which appear four or six to a page. Larger works of art, like ceilings and frescoes, include overall views and details of the masterpieces. Also includes three gatefolds to view the most iconic works of art at a larger size.

An enclosed DVD-ROM contains every image from the book and allows readers to view many at a slightly larger size and to search and sort the paintings by type, artist, era, and date, or by location in the Vatican museums.

As with The Louvre: All the Paintings, The Vatican: All the Paintings is a complete treasure trove of one of the most exquisite and important art collections in the world. The book itself is a beautiful object.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 542 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal; Slp Har/Dv edition (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579129439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579129439
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.2 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 pounds

Customer Reviews

A Peek into the history of the Vatican

 on July 2, 2017
By Monisha Menon
Amazing book, great introduction. I received the book as promised within one day and love it. I wish there were more descriptions for some of the smaller paintings and icons too. The picture quality is great for some but I think some of them are too old and hence don’t photograph well. A great 360 of the Vatican, in fact read this and travel.


 on June 21, 2017
By Ginny
I went to the Vatican Museum the first week of May 2017 and saw all the beautiful paintings and wanted to learn more about them so I purchased this book …… Great pictures with explanations of the artist

It will make my next trip even better.

 on August 5, 2017
By M. Knecht
Very comprehensive. It will make my next trip even better.

Five Stars

 on April 25, 2017
By OutcastAmoeba
Beautiful book

… gift to my daughter and son-in-law and they both loved it. I visit the Vatican from time to …

 on January 20, 2017
By Amazon Customer
Sent as a Christmas gift to my daughter and son-in-law and they both loved it. I visit the Vatican from time to time and am always astonished at all the beauty of the paintings and all the art work of the place. An essential book for all Art Lovers.


 on March 28, 2016
By virginia truitt
Beautiful book! Very helpful and very well “laid out”. As one who has visited the Vatican Museums several times, this book is a wonderful reminder of the fabulous artwork in the museum and also informative so that I can track what I’ve piece of work I’ve seen, dates of the work and artist. Wonderful!

Beautiful book about paintings in the Vatican.

 on November 6, 2016
By Judith Cooke
This is a beautiful book about all the paintings and tapestries in the Vatican. We did not get to see some areas like the Rafael room on our visit to the Vatican and I was so happy to see them in this beautiful book.

He was so pleased to receive this treasure

 on January 30, 2017
By Grandma Jean
Our son visited The Vatican on a trip with his high school history teacher, but was so bummed that picture taking is not allowed within The Vatican. He was so pleased to receive this treasure.


 on August 30, 2016
By Bob
I will be going to the Vatican soon and this book gives me a view of what I can expect to see. I was an Art Major when I graduated from college and this book brings back so many wonderful memories. Very pleased.

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