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According to Wikipedia, La Stanza dell’Incendio del Borgo ("The Room of the Fire in the Borgo") is one of the four Raphael Rooms which form a suite of reception rooms in the public part of the papal apartments in the Palace of the Vatican. The rooms are famous for their frescoes painted by Raphael and his workshop and together with Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, are the grand fresco sequences that mark the High Renaissance in Rome. The Stanze, as they are commonly called, were originally intended as a suite of apartments for Pope Julius II. He commissioned Raphael, then a relatively young artist from Urbino, and his studio in 1508 or 1509 to redecorate the existing interiors of the rooms entirely. It was possibly Julius’ intent to outshine the apartments of his predecessor (and rival) Pope Alexander VI, as the Stanze are directly above Alexander’s Borgia Apartment. After the death of Julius in 1513, with two rooms frescoed, Pope Leo X continued the program. Following Raphael’s death in 1520, his assistants Gianfrancesco Penni, Giulio Romano and Raffaellino del Colle finished the project with the frescoes in the Sala di Costantino.
Ceiling of The Room of the Fire in the Borgo, Vatican Museums, The Vatican
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