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Pope Sixtus IV Appoints Bartolomeo Platina as Prefect of the Vatican Library, ca 1478. Creator: Melozzo da Forli (1438-1494)

Pope Sixtus IV Appoints Bartolomeo Platina as Prefect of the Vatican Library, ca 1478. Creator: Melozzo da Forli (1438-1494)


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Pope Sixtus IV Appoints Bartolomeo Platina as Prefect of the Vatican Library, ca 1478. Creator: Melozzo da Forli (1438-1494)

Pope Sixtus IV Appoints Bartolomeo Platina as Prefect of the Vatican Library, ca 1478. Found in the collection of the Musei Vaticani in Viale Vaticano, Rome

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Fresco Melozzo Da Forli 1438 1494 Musei Vaticani In Viale Vaticano School Of Forli Platina Pope Sixtus Iv Sixtus Iv


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This fresco, painted by the renowned artist Melozzo da Forlì around 1478, depicts a pivotal moment in the history of the Vatican Library. Pope Sixtus IV, dressed in his papal robes and adorned with the tiara, sits majestically on his throne, surrounded by cardinals and other ecclesiastical figures. With a grand gesture, he bestows the title of Prefect upon Bartolomeo Platina, who humbly receives the appointment. Platina, a prominent humanist scholar and writer, played a significant role in the revival of classical learning during the Renaissance. His magnum opus, "De Honesta Doctrina," was a groundbreaking work that advocated for the importance of a well-rounded education and the study of ancient texts. Sixtus IV recognized Platina's contributions to scholarship and appointed him to oversee the Vatican Library, a position that allowed him to further promote the study of classical literature and the arts. The fresco, found in the Musei Vaticani in Viale Vaticano, Rome, is a testament to the patronage of the arts and learning during the Renaissance. Melozzo da Forlì, a painter from the School of Forlì, expertly captures the grandeur of the papal court and the intellectual curiosity of the era. The intricate details of the fresco, from the richly decorated robes to the expressive faces of the figures, transport us back to a time when the pursuit of knowledge was a source of great pride and inspiration.

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