Europe holiday – Rome V – art works inside the Vatican using the Leica-D 25mm f/1.4 lens

Written by Gary on November 6th, 2010

Most of the art galleries in Italy do not allow photography, but the Vatican allows photography except inside the Sistine Chapel itself.

The lighting is quite variable, and thus a lens such as the Leica-D 25mm f/1.4 or the Olympus ZD 50mm f/2.0 macro is very handy to have with you – tripods are impossible, and you do not want to be using electronic flash!

These photos were taken with the Leica-D 25mm f/1.4 lens on the Panasonic GH-1 Micro Four Thirds camera.

They even had a Van Gogh painted ca 1890 (ISO 400, 1/40th sec, f/1.4):

Van Gogh

And a version of Rodin’s The Thinker:

Rodin

Much of the collection, is either religious symbolism, art nudes or disturbing, graphic depictions of violence, such as this large tapestry wall mural of which only a small section is shown here:

Violence

More of my photos of the Vatican collection can be found here.

 

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