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Restoration of Raphael frescoes completed at Vatican museums

Work to restore the Room of Heliodorus finished, say officials

11 January, 12:57
Restoration of Raphael frescoes completed at Vatican museums

(ANSA) - Vatican City - Officials at the Vatican Museums say restoration work has been finished on famous frescoes by the Renaissance master Raphael in the Room of Heliodorus.

The frescoes there were gently cleaned and restored in preparation for the Christmas holiday season, says Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano.

"We have dismantled the scaffolding on the last site, that of the wall with the meeting Leo the Great with Attila," explained Antonio Paolucci, director of the Vatican Museums.

"Now the Room of Heliodorus, the masterpiece of Raphael, the zenith of his art as a fresco painter, is offered to the admiration of anyone with eyes to see".

The Room of Heliodorus, painted between 1511 and 1514, takes its name from one of the paintings in this chamber - the Biblical expulsion of Heliodorus from the temple.

The theme throughout is heavenly protection for the Church and includes portraits of Raphael's patron, Pope Julius II.

Other chambers in the Raphael Rooms of the Vatican Museums, which were originally intended as a suite of apartments for Pope Julius II, include the Hall of Constantine, the Room of the Signature, and the Room of the Fire in the Borgo.