Vatican City, Apr 21, 2021 / 07:00 am
The Vatican Museums have released a new YouTube series featuring the history behind famous works of art in short videos.
“Secrets of the Vatican Museums” published its first video in the monthly series on April 20, at a time when the museums themselves remain closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The video showcases the “Belvedere Torso” -- an ancient Hellenistic sculpture that has been a part of the Vatican’s art collection for more than 500 years.
The “static tension” in the pose of the sculpture is known to have been an inspiration to Michelangelo as he painted the athletic figures in the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
Guido Cornini, the scientific director of the Vatican Museums’ art department, said that the sculpture has been called “the school of the world” because of its influence on artists from the Renaissance to Auguste Rodin’s “The Thinker.”
“Artists from all over the world, especially Flemish artists like Hendrick Golttzius, began to flock here to copy, take notes, draw sketches, make the first prints, to become familiar with the great Belvedere marble statues,” Cornini told Vatican News.