Loggias prototype, built by order of Empress Catherine II in 1780. Kvarengi architect, served as the celebrated gallery of the Vatican Palace in Rome, painted by Raphael's sketches. Copies of frescoes were executed in tempera group of artists led by K. Unterberger. The vaults of the gallery placed a series of paintings of biblical scenes - so-called "Bible of Raphael." The walls are decorated with ornamental grotesque motifs which arose under the influence of Raphael's painting murals in the "caves" - the ruins of the "Golden House" (the palace of Roman emperor Nero, I c.).