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Cortile del Belvedere

This is a view from a similar window from my last post. You can see the 'Sphere within the Sphere' by Arnaldo Pomodoro in the centre of the courtyard.

 

Donato Bramante was asked to design the Courtyard of the “Belvedere” by Julius II in 1506, to connect the Palace of Innocent VIII (1484-1492) with the Sistine Chapel, built by Sixtus IV (1471-1484). Originally the Courtyard was on three levels, joined by elegant stairways and flanked by galleries characterized by pilasters surmounted by broad arches. Both the paving and the galleries were slightly angled towards the Sistine Chapel, so that from the papal apartments the courtyard looked even bigger than it actually was.

 

The Courtyard of the “Belvedere” was divided into two parts at the end of the 16th century, when Sixtus V (1585-1590) built a wing of the Library across it. Another transversal building was added in 1822, called the “Braccio Nuovo”, intended for a collection of statues.
  

There are now three courtyards in the area: the Courtyard of the “Pigna”, the Library Courtyard and the Courtyard of the “Belvedere”.

 

In the middle of the wide-open space are two concentric spheres by sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro (1990).

 

I will show the Cortile della pigna next week.

 

 

VATICAN CITY 2010

 

 

 

 

Cortile del Belvedere

This is a view from a similar window from my last post. You can see the 'Sphere within the Sphere' by Arnaldo Pomodoro in the centre of the courtyard.

 

Donato Bramante was asked to design the Courtyard of the “Belvedere” by Julius II in 1506, to connect the Palace of Innocent VIII (1484-1492) with the Sistine Chapel, built by Sixtus IV (1471-1484). Originally the Courtyard was on three levels, joined by elegant stairways and flanked by galleries characterized by pilasters surmounted by broad arches. Both the paving and the galleries were slightly angled towards the Sistine Chapel, so that from the papal apartments the courtyard looked even bigger than it actually was.

 

The Courtyard of the “Belvedere” was divided into two parts at the end of the 16th century, when Sixtus V (1585-1590) built a wing of the Library across it. Another transversal building was added in 1822, called the “Braccio Nuovo”, intended for a collection of statues.
  

There are now three courtyards in the area: the Courtyard of the “Pigna”, the Library Courtyard and the Courtyard of the “Belvedere”.

 

In the middle of the wide-open space are two concentric spheres by sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro (1990).

 

I will show the Cortile della pigna next week.

 

 

VATICAN CITY 2010

 

 

 

 

comments (16)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 18 Aug 2010, 00:09
A beautiful place. You have presented it well, SAVO.
SAVO: Thank you Ray
  • Chris
  • England
  • 18 Aug 2010, 05:08
Well taken SAVO: note how people resp[ectfully stay on the paths. That sphere certainly adds something to this space
SAVO: It does Chris. Its a Modern addition from the 90's
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Aug 2010, 05:42
What a fabulous wide-angled view of this place, SAVO. You have presented it in a non-touristy way, which is very appealing. It reminds me of a university campus with students milling around. I like that feel. smile
SAVO: It felt like that Ginnie. Cheers
Did you find out what the sphere was in the centre?
SAVO: Modern art by a chap called Arnaldo Pomodoro(1990). He is a sculptor and the spheres are actually two concentric ones
A fine view SAVO. Is the sphere in the middle a modern addition. If it is it works well
SAVO: Yes .Its a new addition by sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro in 1990. Cheers
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 18 Aug 2010, 08:03
ALready booked tickets for this...I cant wait

If I get a shot half this good l will be a very happy man
SAVO: You will do better I am sure. This and the one I will show next week are the only full shots i could of the courtyards
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Aug 2010, 09:03
Wonderful presented, The sphere funnily enough doesn't look out of place between all those old building.
SAVO: I know. Usually 'modern art' can be bad for a place. Cheers
It's a long time since I visited the place, but I remember this scene - without the sphere!
SAVO: You were there before 1990 then. that was when it was added
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 18 Aug 2010, 11:02
Great photo brings back great memories
SAVO: My first time so I am still fresh smile
A great view of it Savo.
SAVO: Thanks a lot Ron
You have fitted so much of it in, lots to look at, a beautiful sight to see smile
SAVO: Strained a bit to get a good compo. Worth it in the end
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 18 Aug 2010, 19:34
Fantastic!! Love how you've framed the courtyard..and given us a brief history as to what it is. Thank-you!!!
SAVO: You are welcome Marcie. I enjoyed straining my neck through the window smile
Very nice shot, you got just the right height to take in the whole space without distortion.
SAVO: I am glad you like it Holly smile
Me gusta la prespectiva que has ulizado, te ha quedado genial.

saludos
SAVO: Mucho Gracias Bernado
Sigh! I am loving this series! (:o)
SAVO: Lol. Glad you are. I have plenty to show smile
Nicely done and interresting comment !
SAVO: Thanks a lot Zeb

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