Musei Vaticani: Descent

Photographic Prints

Georgie Hart

Melbourne, Australia

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Sizing Information

Small 8.0" x 10.7"
Medium 12.0" x 16.0"
Large 16.0" x 21.4"
X large 20.0" x 26.7"


  • Superior quality silver halide prints
  • Archival quality Kodak Endura paper
  • Lustre: Professional photo paper with a fine grain pebble texture
  • Metallic: Glossy finish and metallic appearance to create images with exceptional visual interest and depth


Artist's Description

A fittingly striking spiral staircase leading away from the magnificent art in the Vatican Museums.

Extracted from the archives, dusted off and converted to mono.

It’s been a bit tricky trying to find information about this staircase – a common misconception seems to be that it was designed by ‘the’ Michelangelo, (Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simon 1475-1564, the Italian Renaissance artist responsible for the Statue of David and Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes, amongst other things), and other information suggests it seems to have been designed by a different Michelangelo, Michelangelo Simonetti, an Italian architect from the Mid 18th century.

After further research I’m now more confident that it was actually Giuseppe Momo, a more contemporary Italian architect, who designed this staircase.

Lumix TZ11.

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Challenge winner of the Stairwells in black and white challenge, The Woman Photographer group.

Challenge winner of the December Prize Challenge in Lumix Lovers.

Second in the Descending the Staircase challenge in Up and Over.

Equal second in the April Featured Artworks challenge in The Compact Group.

Fourth in the Vortex Shapes challenge in the Shapes and Patterns group.

Top ten in the Spiral Staircases challenge in the Which Way group.

Homepage feature March 28th 2010

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