RAFFAELLO Sanzio
(b. 1483, Urbino, d. 1520, Roma)

Loggia of Pope Leo X (second floor)

1518-19
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Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican

The loggias in the Vatican are one of Raphael's few architectural projects that have been preserved. Julius II had commissioned them from Bramante in about 1512. After Bramante's death in 1514, Raphael completed the loggia on the first floor. He alone was responsible for the decorations on the second floor. This loggia became famous for the grandiose cycle of frescoes illustrating 52 scenes from the Old Testament, popularly referred as the "Raphael Bible," which the workshop carried out between 1518 and 1519.