MICHELANGELO Buonarroti
(b. 1475, Caprese, d. 1564, Roma)

Zechariah (detail)

1509
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

Above the door forming the main entrance to the Sistine Chapel - in its turn surmounted by the inscription with the name of the prophet Zechariah - the coat of arms of the della Rovere, with a papal tiara and oak tree bearing twelve gold acorns, commemorates the chapel's founder, Sixtus IV. His nephew, Jukius II, commissiosned Michelangelo to fresco the chapel.




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