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Rome talked about Sandro Botticelli's Pope Sixtus wondered about pictures of assassins he to Rome had ordered to decorate his new erased. whose this artist, Should he private chapel? call He had him already decided to commission Ghirlandajo to paint frescoes on one of the walls. and the He admired the serene pictures of young Perugino realistic frescoes of Cosimo Roselli. these artists to decorate the other walls. Sixtus 28 IV sent a letter to Botticelli. He would Then, one day invite in 1481, SAINT AUGUSTINE CHURCH OF OCNISSANTI, FLORENCE Photo Alinari Four Florentine painters rode As they gars, clattered through the into shabby own The Pope under with beg- streets filled a city.
Beside him was winged Saint Michael in shining armor, and behind, Saint Augustine, head bowed in contemplation. Two angels pulled aside a red curtain lined with ermine revealing the Christ's Madonna on crown of thorns her throne. and the nails Two more angels held which had fastened him to the cross. Inscribed on a marble plaque at the foot of the Virgin's throne was a line from Dante's Divine Comedy. " MADONNA ENTHRONED WITH Saint Barnabas Altarpiece UFFIZI, FLORENCE Photo Alinari SIX SAINTS painted a Botticelli set of little panels as a border for the base of his altarpiece.
Beyond the arches was blue sky and picture. his background were decorated with scenes from sea. When From time it to workshop and Sandro did not was a clear try to sell this disturbing finished he gave it to a friend. time Sandro rode into Florence to supervise to listen to Savonarola's sermons. The Friar's prophecies A foreign to made a deep impression on Sandro and Simone. power would come soon, Savonarola thundered, punish Florence for In the fall its sins. of 1494, the king of France led his mountains into Italy.