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The Transfiguration by Raphael, Vatican.  We walked thru the whole museum twice until we located the "Raphael Room".

The Transfiguration by Raphael (March 28 or April 1483 – April Vatican. We walked thru the whole museum twice until we located the "Raphael Room".

This Tibetan Buddhist Wheel of Life Thangka (Tangka, Tonka) painting art print beautifully details the Buddhist philosophy of rebirth.   It was printed in Washington, D.C..back in 1988 to promote the Dalai Lama's up and coming visit to the States.  To navigate through the wheel of life, a full page explanation accompanies the art print which is packaged in a postal tube.

This Tibetan Buddhist Wheel of Life Thangka (Tangka, Tonka) painting art print beautifully details the Buddhist philosophy of rebirth.

Andrea Mantegna - ceiling of the Palazzo Ducale, Mantua, 1473

ARTIST: Andrea Mantegna : Ceiling Oculus in the Camera degli Sposi, Mantova. This room was the bridal chamber in the palace of the Gonzaga family. Several of the family members are looking down into the room

School of Athens, Raffaello, detail, School of Athens. Plato & Artistotle. This commonly cropped part of The School of Athens by Raffaello Sanzio features the two famous philosophers, presumably arguing about philosophy. Aristotle was Plato’s student. Date: 1509. Artist: Raffaello Sanzio.

Raphaël - Raffaello - Rafael - Renaissance - Detail, School of Athens

I've seen this in person, and TRUST me...it's absolutely gorgeous. What a feat of human accomplishment.

While touring Vatican City this is one of the amazing ceilings in the Vatican Museums. A wonderful sight on a dream vacation.

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