(b. ca. 1454, Perugia, d. 1513, Siena)

No. 8: Pope Pius II at the Congress of Mantua

Piccolomini Library, Duomo, Siena

The eighth scene depicts the Congress of Mantua which was convened by Pius II on June 26, 1459. There the pope sought to enlist the princes of Europe in a new crusade specifically against the Turks, who had conquered Constantinople in 1453.