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Domenico di Michelino - Die drei Erzengel und der junge Tobias

digitaler Kunstdruck: Die drei Erzengel und der junge Tobias von Domenico di Michelino

Domenico di Michelino - Die drei Erzengel und der junge Tobias

Pinturicchio, The Canonization of Catherine of Siena by Pope Pius II (detail), fresco in the Piccolomini Library, Duomo, Siena  One of the many frescoes of Pius II located in the 'Piccolomini library' in the Duomo in Siena.

Pinturicchio, The Canonization of Catherine of Siena by Pope Pius II (detail), fresco in the Piccolomini Library, Duomo, Siena One of the many frescoes of Pius II located in the 'Piccolomini library' in the Duomo in Siena.

Incense burner, end of 13th or beginning of 14th century; Mamluk  Damascus, Syria  Brass, inlaid with gold and silver

Incense burner, end of 13th or beginning of 14th century; Mamluk Damascus, Syria Brass, inlaid with gold and silver

Ring of Pope Paul II, 1464–71. Italy (Rome). Blue glass mounted in gilt brass. At the corners of the bezel are emblems of the four Evangelists, and on the sides are the shield of Paul II and that of the French crown. Papal rings may have been used at investitures or in establishing diplomatic credentials.

Ring of Pope Paul II, 1464–71. Italy (Rome). Blue glass mounted in gilt brass. At the corners of the bezel are emblems of the four Evangelists, and on the sides are the shield of Paul II and that of the French crown. Papal rings may have been used at investitures or in establishing diplomatic credentials.

Pope Paul by Titian

Pope Paul by Titian

Sister J. Ledwith

Sister J. Ledwith

Piero di Cosimo (di Lorenzo) 1505 bis.jpg

Piero di Cosimo (di Lorenzo) 1505 bis.jpg

Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) by Pinturicchio.

Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) by Pinturicchio.

Innocent IV was Pope from 1243 to 1254. Certainly the Inquisition represents the darkest of Roman Church history, and it was Innocent IV who approved the use of torture to extract confessions of heresy. He aggressively applied the principle that “the end justifies the means.”

10 Worst Popes of all time

Innocent IV was Pope from 1243 to 1254. Certainly the Inquisition represents the darkest of Roman Church history, and it was Innocent IV who approved the use of torture to extract confessions of heresy. He aggressively applied the principle that “the end justifies the means.”

Pope Boniface VIII at the 1300 jubilee with a "Tartar cloth" in front of him, with a "rhythmic Sino-Mongolian pattern".

Pope Boniface VIII at the 1300 jubilee with a "Tartar cloth" in front of him, with a "rhythmic Sino-Mongolian pattern".

A detail of a portrait of Cardinal Reginald Pole, the son of the executed Duchess of Salisbury, Margaret de la Pole, and an ally of Mary Tudor.

A detail of a portrait of Cardinal Reginald Pole, the son of the executed Duchess of Salisbury, Margaret de la Pole, and an ally of Mary Tudor.

Vergós Studio, Church of Sant Augstí, Barcelona 1491-1500

Vergós Studio, Church of Sant Augstí, Barcelona 1491-1500

Lucrezia Borgia reigns in the Vatican by Frank Cadogan Cowper. Alexander VI named Lucrezia administrator of the Church and the Vatican.

Lucrezia Borgia reigns in the Vatican by Frank Cadogan Cowper. Alexander VI named Lucrezia administrator of the Church and the Vatican.

President John F. Kennedy and Pope Paul VI talk at the Vatican ~ July 2, 1963.

President John F. Kennedy and Pope Paul VI talk at the Vatican ~ July 2, 1963.

The Triple Crown of the Popes

The Triple Crown of the Popes

Know Your Popes... No. 14

Know Your Popes... No. 14