Church of Santa Maria Del Popolo -- Facade.  Rebuilt by Pope Sixtus IV starting in 1471.  Typical box/wall architecture of the Early Renaissance.  Made of white travertine, possibly from the colosseum.  The conical bell tower can be seen behind the church -- the only one of its kind in Rome, but typical of the Lombard Augustinians to whom this church was given.

Church of Santa Maria Del Popolo -- Facade. Rebuilt by Pope Sixtus IV starting in 1471. Typical box/wall architecture of the Early Renaissance. Made of white travertine, possibly from the colosseum. The conical bell tower can be seen behind the church -- the only one of its kind in Rome, but typical of the Lombard Augustinians to whom this church was given.

Pope Sixtus IV - Born to a modest family he became pope in 1471, went on to become one of the most nepotist pope's in history

POPE SIXTUS IV: Pope Sixtus IV 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.

1479 Pietro di Francesco Orioli - Camp Covenant between Pope Sixtus IV , king Ferdinand I Bourbon with Neaoplu and the Republic of Siena   (JPEG Image, 2152 × 460 pixels)

1479 Pietro di Francesco Orioli - Camp Covenant between Pope Sixtus IV , king Ferdinand I Bourbon with Neaoplu and the Republic of Siena (JPEG Image, 2152 × 460 pixels)

Cardinal Leonardo Grosso della Rovere (1464-1520)  Grand-nephew to Pope Sixtus IV and nephew to Cardinal Girolamo Basso della Rovere

Cardinal Leonardo Grosso della Rovere (1464-1520) Grand-nephew to Pope Sixtus IV and nephew to Cardinal Girolamo Basso della Rovere

Pope Sixtus IV 1414-1484.  Superna caelestis  Translated from the Latin text of the Opera Omnia S. Bonaventurae, ed. by the College of St. Bonaventure, Ad Claras Aquas, Florence, 1882: vol. I, p. XXXIX-XLIV. Our most holy Lord Pope Sixtus IV's  Diploma  By which Bl. Bonaventure, Cardinal Bishop of Alba  Is registered in the Canon of the Saints  Pope Sixtus IV Servant of the Servants of God  As a perpetual memorial  April 14, 1482 A.D.  Supernal, celestial fatherland, the City of Jerusalem…

Pope Sixtus IV, became pope in He appointed many of his relatives into key positions. They came a little too close to Florence. The pope was a key figure in the planned coup in which Giuliano de' Medici was murdered. Lorenzo was able to escape.

Cardinal Sisto Gara della Rovere (1473-1517)  Nephew of Pope Julius II and grand-nephew of Pope Sixtus IV. Half brother of Cardinal Galeotto Franciotti della Rovere

Cardinal Sisto Gara della Rovere (1473-1517) Nephew of Pope Julius II and grand-nephew of Pope Sixtus IV. Half brother of Cardinal Galeotto Franciotti della Rovere

TRAVEL IN ITALY: August 12, 1484 – He died in Rome Pope Sixtus IV gave his name to the chapel frescoed by Michelangelo. | Meeting Benches

TRAVEL IN ITALY: August 1484 - He died in Rome Pope Sixtus IV gave his name to the chapel frescoed by Michelangelo.

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Pope Sixtus IV, builder of the Sistine Chapel. Fresco by Melozzo da Forlí in the Vatican Palace, Rome

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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.

21 July 1414 – 12 August born Francesco della Rovere, was Pope from 9 August 1471 to his death in His accomplishments as pope included building the Sistine Chapel

Thumbnail for version as of 09:00, 14 December 2007. Engraving of Pope Sixtus IV

21 July 1414 – 12 August born Francesco della Rovere, was Pope from 9 August 1471 to his death in His accomplishments as pope included building the Sistine Chapel

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1475.Pope Sixtus IV appoints Bartolomeo Platina prefect of the Vatican Library.Melozzo da Forlì (1438-94)Melozzo shows Pope Sixtus IV (1414-1484) in a quadratura hall of pillars,painted according to the rules of centralized perspective.The pope is shown in the company of his nepotes Giovannino and Giuliano della Rovere(later became Pope Julius II),and 2 other courtiers (Girolamo and Rafaele Riario).

1475.Pope Sixtus IV appoints Bartolomeo Platina prefect of the Vatican Library.Melozzo da Forlì (1438-94)Melozzo shows Pope Sixtus IV (1414-1484) in a quadratura hall of pillars,painted according to the rules of centralized perspective.The pope is shown in the company of his nepotes Giovannino and Giuliano della Rovere(later became Pope Julius II),and 2 other courtiers (Girolamo and Rafaele Riario).

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