Michelangelo and Raphael were the two preeminent artists of the High Renaissance and both were commissioned by Pope Julius II to decorate St. Peters. The stout and muscular Michelangelo, nicknamed "The Hangman" for his reclusive and dour demeanor, worked tirelessly on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, while the urbane and likable Raphael was frescoing the walls of the papal library. Raphael painted Julius II at repose in his papal chair and also inserted portraits of himself and Michelangelo in his "School of Athens." The gallery below highlights the works of art that decorate the pages of The Pope's Man.
An illustration of the biblical story of the Fiery Furnace.