Browse Collections (13 total)

Evolution of St. Peter's Basilica

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First conceived by Pope Nicholas V in 1450, the construction of the new St. Peter's Basilica took several centuries to complete, recruiting the best…

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Artemisia Gentileschi and International Patronage

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As a painter in the seventeenth century, Artemisia Gentileschi primarily gained acclaim in a historical sense not because of her identity as a woman…

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Papal Tombs

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A collection of papal tombs of popes from the Baroque Era.

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Ines Jordan-Zoob - Old & New: Sixtus V and Urban Rome

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Despite serving as pontiff for a mere 5 years (1585-1590), Sixtus V dramatically revitalized both the inner workings and the skyline of Rome. As St…

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Peter Mikhael - Pope Sixtus and Domenico Fontana: The Story of a Patron and an Architect

After being elected pope in 1585, Sixtus V began restoring power to a weak papal state. Sixtus V approached the city's problems from the perspective…

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Sara Shmueli - Obelisks from the Patronage of Sixtus V

The papacy of Sixtus V (1585-1590) placed artistic commissions and urbanization projects on the forefront, to establish Rome as Caput Mundi and as the…

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