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The Meeting of Leo I and Attila is one of the frescoes covering a lunette which adjoins the ceiling of Stanza di Eliodoro to one of its walls. According to Wikipedia, La Stanza di Eliodoro (Room of Eliodoro) 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. The Meeting of Leo I and Attila, painted by Raphael and his assistant Giulio Romano in 1514, depicts the meeting between the Pope Leo I and Attila the Hun, and includes the images of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the sky bearing swords. Initially, Raphael depicted Leo I with the face of Pope Julius II but after Julius’ death, Raphael changed the painting to resemble the new pope, Leo X.
The Meeting of Leo I and Attila, Vatican Museums, The Vatican
Posted by >D200-PAUL on 2014-01-13 14:45:59