Sanctified remains were a huge draw for pilgrims throughout the middle ages, and Pope Sixtus IV
named Stefan 'the Champion of Christ', which eventually led in 1992 to him being canonised by the Romanian Orthodox Church.
In 1483, the Sistine Chapel was consecrated by Pope Sixtus IV
Bonaventure died in 1274 and was canonized in 1482 by Pope Sixtus IV
One of his first acts was to annul the regulation of Pope Sixtus IV
limiting the membership of the College of Cardinals to 70; within the next four years he enlarged it to 87 with the largest international representation in history.
However, Pope Sixtus IV
called for a crusade, and a coalition of Italian states, reinforced by an army from Hungary, was able to drive the Turkish invader out.
One of those looming adversaries is the Vatican, ruled by the corrupt Pope Sixtus IV
(James Faulkner), whose bloodthirsty henchmen are tasked with controlling knowledge and silencing perceived enemies.
Da Vinci seeks this MacGuffin along with Count Girolamo Riario (Blake Ritson), operating on behalf of the Holy Roman Church and his lascivious uncle, Pope Sixtus IV
The Renaissance jewel takes its name from pope Sixtus IV
, who had it built between 1477 and 1480.
The 135 by 44 foot chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV
, who commissioned it in 1475.
But things go awry when they find themselves caught up in a secret plot other than the Italian Pope Sixtus IV
to murder Lorenzo and his brother Giuliano.
Recalling the story of a she-wolf which fed Romulus, the legendary founder of Rome, and his twin brother, Remus, after they had been thrown in a basket into the Tiber River, the so called "Lupa Capitolina" (Capitoline she-wolf) was donated to the museum in 1471 by Pope Sixtus IV
The illegitimate daughter of the duke of Milan, Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Caterina married Girolamo Riario, favourite nephew of Pope Sixtus IV
, in 1477 and became regent of Imola and Forli when her husband was assassinated in 1488.