Category:Sixtus IV by Melozzo da Forlì

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Melozzo da Forli. Pope Sixtus IV appoints Platina as Prefect of the Vatican Library. 1475

Melozzo shows Pope Sixtus IV (1414-1484) in a quadratura hall of pillars, painted according to the rules of centralized perspective. The pope is shown in the company of his nepotes Giovannino and Giuliano della Rovere (who later became Pope Julius II), and two other courtiers (Girolamo and Rafaele Riario). Before him kneels Bartolommeo Sacchi, known as Platina, whom the pope is shown appointing to the position of Prefect of the Vatican Library.