Pope Sixtus IV, born Francesco della Rovere , 1414-1484 Posthumus portrait by Titian. Sixtus IV sponsored the building of the Sistine Chapel (It takes its name from him- Sisto in Italian), and re-founded, enriched and enlarged the Vatican Library, one of the oldest in the world.

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Girolamo Riario - Pope Sixtus IV with his nephews and courtiers. Girolamo Riario is the 2nd figure from the left.

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"L'accampamento dell'alleanza fra Papa Sisto IV, Re Ferdinando di Napoli, e la Repubblica di Siena" anno 1479 Disegnato da Pietro di Francesco Orioli

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Sixtus IV Papacy began 9 August 1471 Papacy ended 12 August 1484 Predecessor Paul II Successor Innocent VIII Orders Consecration 25 August 1471 by Guillaume d’Estouteville Created Cardinal 18 September 1467 Personal details Birth name Francesco della Rovere Born 21 July 1414 Celle Ligure, Republic of Genoa Died 12 August 1484 (aged 70) Rome, Papal States

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Pietro Perugino: Delivery of the Keys (Christ Handing the Keys to St. Peter) 1481-1482: [Early Renaissance; Rome, Italy] In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells Peter that he will give him (and through him according to Catholic tradition, to the Roman Popes) the keys to the kingdom of heaven, that is, the authority to be his representative on earth. Taking the Bible passage literally, Pope Sixtus IV commissioned Florentine painter Piero Perugino to paint a fresco on the wall of the Sistine…

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Coat of arms of Julius II in the Sistine Chapel. Julius II entered into the "Holy League of 1511". He allied with Ferdinand II and the Venetians against France.In short time,both Henry VIII,King of England (1509–47), and Maximilian I also joined the "Holy League of 1511."His remains, along with those of his uncle, Pope Sixtus IV, were later desecrated during the Sack of Rome in 1527.

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Pope Sixtus IV

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Pope Sixtus IV, ca. 1473-1475 by Justus van Ghent (ca. 1410-1480) and Pedro Berruguete (ca. 1450-1504) Louvre, Paris Richelieu 2 Salle 4

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POPE SIXTUS IV: Pope Sixtus IV (1471-1484) is known for both the great steps taken under his rule to rebuild Rome and his great corruption. Pope Sixtus IV instituted nepotism as a way of life in Rome, and ran the Papacy as a family operation.

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Melozzo da Forli, Pope Sixtus IV appoints Bartolomeo Platina prefect of the Vatican Library, 1477

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