Pontificate of H.H. Benedict XVI - 4th Year - 2008 Gold Coinage 20 Euro MASTERPIECES OF SCULPTURE IN VATICAN CITY “The Torso del Belvedere”

Pontificate of H.H. Benedict XVI - 4th Year - 2008 Gold Coinage 20 Euro MASTERPIECES OF SCULPTURE IN VATICAN CITY “The Torso del Belvedere”  

This year marks the beginning of an artistic journey among the masterpieces of sculpture in Vatican City. The 20 euro coin depicts the Belvedere Torso made in the 1st century by Appollonius of Athens. Today the sculpture is on display in the Pio Clementine Museum. It is one of the most famous works at the Vatican Museums and also one of the first pieces to become part of the Papal Collections. Greatly admired by Michelangelo, the sculpture became an important point of reference for sculptors of all historical periods, including the 1800s with Auguste Rodin who was amazed at the expressive power of the statue. A recent detailed study of the sculpture helped in the creation of a full-size plaster duplicate bringing together the missing pieces and helping the viewer to see the Homeric hero Ajax who contemplates suicide.