• Aug1570

    This is where Henry of Navarre becomes an important military leader of the Huguenots.

  • Feb1547

    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...

  • Dec1546

    Christmas 1546 – Rome

    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

  • Oct1541

    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”.

  • Nov1534

    3 November 1534 – Rome

    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,...

  • Sep1534

    25 September 1534 – Rome

    25. September 1534

    Clement VII dies. His successor, Paul III, is elected Pope on 13 October 1534.

  • San Miniato al Tedesco

    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...