Popes and their Art



The Popes made a store house of the Vatican which is in Rome by the collecting of precious

metals, documents, and art work which is now called, “ The Vatican Collections”. Pope John

Paul 2nd said this of the collections. They will speak of the human condition as well as the

endevorance of the human spirit.

The Vatican contains many Art pieces of the Roman err such as statues of men and women as

well as horses and many other pieces of art work.. Nicolas the 5th was the first true renaissance

Pope and had two great passions, one of books, the other of building. The painters of the

renaissance could expect a lot of help from this Pope.

At one time he commissioned a painter who’s name was called “Frangelico” The son of a

country Doctor, short and not in good health, said to have been caused by to much study.

Frangelico was commissioned by Nicolas the 5th to decorate his private chapel. Great artiste of

the time could also expect help from a man called “Pope Sixtus the 4th” who was know as a born

ruler. It was he who sponsored the “Sistine Chapel” where Popes have been elected every
sense. It was built to perfect proportion and decorated with work of the finest painters that “Pope
Sixtus the 4th”could command. The painters brought to life the story of “Christ”and the early
Church.
Pope Sixtus the 4th was a man who believed in taking care of his own, and who could blame
him for that? He had six nephews and he made three of them Cardinals. One of which payed off,
for he became “ Julius the 2nd” one of the greatest patreant of saints of all the Popes. The Popes
of that time had a weakness for things of great beauty, and enjoyed it by beautifying the Church
with Art. It began on a classical scale of sculpture, Jupiter and Zoose, father of the gods. This
brought back skills long forgotten that made statues seem as though they had once been alive,
and frozen in second of time.
Like the Amazons, a race of woman warriors from the Black Sea. Aireon, deserted on the
island of Nacsaus but to become,“The Bride of Bacus”, the god of wine. Old Father Athena,
who sprang fully armed from the head of Zoose,”The Goddess of War”, science and the Fine
Arts. Pope Julius the 2nd himself was a renaissance man , and began one of what was to become
the world greatest Art Collections. Some of which contained a statues of Apollo, The Sun God,
The Apollo Belvedere, A Great God of Light. Julus the 2nd is also the one who
commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. What Michelangelo did
was to show the relationship between man and God in the form of art. Between 1508 and 1602 he
painted over 300 figures in 9 scenes from the Old Testament , and always he worked alone
tracing the spiritual history of man kind.
While Michelangelo was working on the Sistine Chapel, Raphael was at Julius the 2nd
painting his residences. The were two themes used by Raphael were religion and philology. In
one painting Raphael included himself as well as Michelangelo as his rival artist, and good for us
that he did. For had he not, we wouldn’t or couldn’t be for sure just what they looked like.
Raphael’s work did more than enhance the Vaticans rooms, it also eliminated the doctorian of
the Church by which it survived. The last work of Raphael was the “Transfiguration of Christ”
he was thirty seven years old at the time. There hasn’t been much change in the Vaticans Garden
sense Julus the 2nd who also loved building. It was he who laid the first stone to St Peters in
1506, and it took one hundred years to build so he never saw it completed.
And while Michelangelo was worrying about his own destiny, being upward in years. He was
commissioned by Pope Paul the 3rd to paint “ The last Judgement”in 1527, and it took five
years. Mercenaries sacked Rome and held Pope Clement for ransom and hard times fell upon the
Church. This lead to the banishment of the Church treasures and returned it to the grass roots
level, so to speak.
After about one hundred years art took on