- Feb 25, 2020
The old colonial palace high in the Andes and crowded with treasures from Peru’s bygone golden age feels more like an emergency room than a workshop for recovering damaged artwork.
Brooklyn artist James Raczkowski, who painted in March a 20.5 by 23 foot rendering of the ‘Creation of Adam’ along with two fellow artists in New York, finally got a chance to see the real deal when he visited the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican museums and looked up to its impressive vault painted by Michelangelo. An Iraqi war veteran, Raczkowski showed with his artistic pilgrimage that no matter how many centuries go by, the work of the Florentine master continues to be a source of inspiration for artists today.
In many of the buildings representing the U.S. government and its founding ideals in Washington, D.C., there are paintings and statues with religious themes enshrining faith in the country’s origins. Most of the imagery is Protestant, but there are also prominent Catholics who are represented showing some of the diversity of religious heritage.
Art restorers recover the 500-year old apartments of Pope Alexander VI, bringing new life to the works of the Renaissance artist “Pinturicchio.” The restoration brings attention not only to the masterful frescoes but also to the the story of the controversial pope who commissioned them, Rodrigo Borgia.