The Meeting of Leo the Great and Attila

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The Meeting of Leo the Great and Attila
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Dimensions500 cm × 750 cm (200 in × 300 in)
LocationApostolic Palace, Vatican City

The Meeting of Leo I and Attila is a fresco by the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael and his assistant Giulio Romano. It was painted in 1514 as part of Raphael's commission to decorate the rooms that are now known as the Stanze di Raffaello, in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. It is located in the Stanza di Eliodoro, which is named after The Expulsion of Heliodorus from the Temple.

The painting depicts the meeting between the Pope Leo I and Attila the Hun, and includes the images of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the sky bearing swords. Initially, Raphael depicted Leo I with the face of Pope Julius II but after Julius' death,[citation needed] Raphael changed the painting to resemble the new pope, Leo X.[1] Leo X appears both as cardinal and as pope on the Chinea given to the pope.[1]

The left half of the painting is mainly by Raphael, with only minimal work by his students.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Redig de Campos, Deoclécio (1968). Vatican Museums: Rome. New York: Newsweek. p. 13.

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