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BOGOTÁ, Colombia — For those who can’t travel to the Vatican, a photographic series by Massimo Listro offers a chance to wander imaginatively through its halls.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on March 10, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: selfie-taking vandals at the Colosseum, former Vatican worker holds stolen Michelangelo letter ransom, and ISIS mounts cyber attack on Midwestern crafts museum.

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Sistine Chapel

For the first time in its 600-year history, the Sistine Chapel has been rented out for a private event organized by Porsche, The Telegraph reported.

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Post image for Vatican to Digitize 41 Million Pages of Ancient Manuscripts

What happens when a wide swath of history — previously only explored by white-gloved librarians and erudite historians — is made available to anyone with a solid internet connection? Thanks to the Pope, we’ll soon find out.

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Post image for Vatican and Oxford Launch Ambitious Digital Archive of Ancient Texts

The Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford and the Vatican Library have some of the richest collections of ancient biblical texts, but most of them are inaccessible to the general public. Now, through a collaborative project, 1.5 million manuscript pages are being digitized for public access online.

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Post image for First Western Painting of Native Americans Discovered at the Vatican

During the recent restoration of Pinturicchio’s Resurrection fresco (1494) on the wall of the Hall of Mysteries in the Borgia Apartment at the Vatican has revealed what may be the first images of Native Americans in European art.

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Just as Pope Francis begins his tenure at the head of the Catholic Church, the announcement comes that the Vatican will finally have its own pavilion at the Venice Biennale, themed around the Book of Genesis.

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Post image for The Legacy of a Conservative Catholic Pope Who Was Surprisingly Open-Minded About Art

As the first Catholic Pope to resign from his position since Gregory XII in the 15th century, Pope Benedict XVI has startled the world with his announcement that he will step down by the end of this month. While controversially conservative (and much less benevolent-appearing than his predecessor the grandfatherly Pope John Paul II), the German-born religious leader did have an open mind at least in encouraging a renewed relationship between the Catholic Church and art, viewing the use of beauty as a path to the sacred.

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Post image for Wait, Raphael Painted Porn at the Vatican?

I don’t know how I missed this detail in Renaissance art class, but here’s a first-hand account of visiting a sexy bathroom in the Papal apartment painted by one of the masters of the High Renaissance.

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