The Chiaramonti Museum, named after its founder, Pius VII, has changed
only slightly in appearance since it was first laid out by Antonio Canova.
Nearly a thousand pieces of ancient sculpture of every kind are exhibited in the
statues of gods, portrait statues, pagan altars, architectural ornaments,
urns and sarcophagi. The Vatican Museums houses an incredible collection of
The "Museum Claramontanum Pioclementino adiectum" (Chiarmonti
Museum), founded by Pius
VII in the seventh year of his papacy, is celebrated in a lunette painted
by Luigi Agricola.
Above you can see the size of the Hall. On the Left you can see a
close-up of some of the fine statuary. In the Lower left corner is
an bust portrait that dates to the Imperial age. I found it interesting
because it is one of a handful of works that meld bronze and stone.
Unfortunately, this room does not offer much information about the great
works which it preserves. It is a classic style museum --just
a place where antiquities are housed and displayed.
for the Information in this tour:
Francesco. Ed. Guide to the Vatican Museums and City.
Vatican City: Tipografia Vaticana., 1986
Also, I have
included information from the exhibits at the Vatican
Museum and notes from the lecture of Professor B. Nucci
(University of Maryland University College - European