This painting is a copy of a Roman wall painting in the Vatican Museum. Christopher Williams visited Italy in 1904 and remained in Rome for three months. Whilst there, a German scholar introduced Williams to Father Ehrle, the Prefect of the Vatican Library, from whom he got permission to make this copy of the wall painting. Williams wanted to leave Rome but his copy was not quite finished and he could only work when the galleries were open to the public. The German scholar loaned him a key but stated that Williams would never pass the Swiss guard at the entrance to the Vatican. The following day Williams studied how the officials saluted the various guards as they passed. He then set off boldly and saluted the guards in the same manner and got through to complete his painting. Father Ehrle informed Williams that his was the best copy he had seen.
Where to see this painting?
Aberystwyth University Art Collection, School of Art
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