Watch a video report about a Raphael masterpiece in the Vatican – Disputation over the Most Holy Sacrament – which was completed 500 years ago.

Disputation over the Most Holy Sacrament

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The city of Rome has always been synonymous with art. In all its glory and splendor, the citys art makes it one of the most beautiful in the world. This year, one of the most prominent works of art in Rome is celebrating 500 years.

Antonio Paolucci – Director, Vatican Museums:

In the summer of 1508, Pope Julius II asked Michelangelo and Rafael to come to Rome to paint the Sistine Chapel and the Room of the Signatura. It was like a miracle: two of the most important artists of the moment together in Rome, thanks to a pope that understood their genius.

The Dispute over the Sacrament is in the heart of the Vatican Museums and its celebrating 500 years of its completion.

Its an allegory of theological truth. It represents this through the glory of the Eucharist adored by the triumphant Church in heaven and the militant one on earth.

The fresco is in the Room of the Signatura in the Vaticans Apostolic Palace, right in front of one of Raphaels other frescoes, the School of Athens, an allegory of philosophical truth. Thats why many interpret this room as a confrontation between theological truth and philosophical truth.

Besides being known as the Dispute over the Sacrament, this work of art has no intrinsic controversy.

Five hundred years after Raphaels final stroke of his brush, it’s only an apparent controversy, because they aren’t truths that contradict each other.

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For more information on this work click on following link – Vatican Museums