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Painting the ceiling this weekend? Spare a thought for the man who created the Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel - from the creation to Noah in 175 individual paintings covering 12,000 square feet.

Lucrezia Borgia (18 April 1480 – 24 June 1519) was the illegitimate daughter of Rodrigo Borgia, who later became Pope Alexander VI. Lucrezia's family later came to epitomize the ruthless Machiavellian politics and sexual corruption alleged to be characteristic of the Renaissance Papacy. Lucrezia was cast as a femme fatale, a role she has been portrayed as in many artworks, novels, and films. It is rumoured that she was in possession of a hollow ring that she used frequently to poison drinks

Insider Gossip of Saint Peter’s Basilica

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The streets were crowded in Vatican City as Pope Francis led a Canonization Mass to declare John Paul II in #Rome