The frescoes in the Sala dei Cento Giorni (Hall of a Hundred Days), in Palazzo della Cancelleria, were painted by Giorgio Vasari (1511-74) and his assistants in 1546.
The frescoes were commissioned by Cardinal Alessandro Farnese (1520-89) to celebrate the life of his grandfather Pope Paul III (r. 1534-49).
Vasari and his team are supposed to have completed the commission within a hundred days, hence the name of the hall. Legend has it that when Vasari bragged about the rapid execution of the work to his hero Michelangelo (1475-1564), the latter tartly observed, 'si vede' ('it shows').
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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