22. September 1533
September 1533: Pope Clement VII, together with 13 cardinals and a huge host of bishops and members of the papal court, is on his way to the wedding of his relative Catherine de’ Medici to Henry, the future King Henry II of France. Before boarding the 40 ships making the arduous crossing to Nice, the […]
3. November 1534
Pope Paul III, accompanied by 10 cardinals, visits Michelangelo’s house on Via Marcel de Corvi. He wants to see the draft made by Michelangelo before painting begins. Michelangelo shows him the bozzetto. The Pope is enthusiastic about the composition and approves the commission given by his predecessor “to transfer it, as it is, to the […]
31. October 1541
Ceremonial unveiling of Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel. The bozzetto is then put on display in an antechamber of the Sistine Chapel and can be viewed by the public. Behind closed doors pilgrims say that the bozzetto “has magic healing powers”.
24. December 1546
Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, the Pope’s grandson who officially presented the bozzetto in the Vatican, removes it from its rightful place and gifts it to his beloved, the Roman poet Vittoria Colonna. Pope Paul III, with his grandson Cardinal Alessandro Farnese on the left
25. February 1547
Vittoria Colonna, Michelangelo’s muse, accepts the Cardinal’s generous gift as a memento. However, she is targeted by the Roman Inquisition, causing a considerable religious conflict. Vittoria Colonna dies in her palace in Rome on 25 February 1547, leaving the bozzetto in the care of her only remaining friend, Marguerite of Angoulême, Queen of Navarre. Marguerite […]
18. August 1949
The bozzetto’s bloody journey goes on. Driven by greed and lust for power, people continue to search for the legendary wood panel, leaving intrigue, murder and the destruction of livelihoods in its wake. The bozzetto’s trail leads to Switzerland.