Regular readers know that I just love highlighting doppelgangers, well here’s a classic.
There’s a 1511 fresco called The Cardinal and Theological Virtues hanging in one of the Raphael Rooms at the Vatican in Italy.
It depicts Pope Gregory IX approving the Vatical Decretals but in the far left of the picture stands a geezer who looks remarkably like Sylvester Stallone aka Rambo/Rocky.
Raphael was commissioned to decorate four reception rooms in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican City. They later became known as the ‘Stanze di Raffaello’, which means Raphael Rooms.
Probably will have its name changed to Stanze di Rambo now to entice American tourists in.
The Cardinal and Theological Virtues, which was painted in 1511 and represents a combination of law and religion, makes up one wall in the ‘Stanza della Segnatura’ room.
It is thought Raphael, who lived from 1483 until 1520, only sketched the outline of the fresco, with team member Lorenzo Lotto carrying out the paintwork.