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The Tomb of Pope Julius II

tomb by Michelangelo

made out of

currently at San Pietro In Vincoli in Rome, Italy, Europe

1500s

The troubled history of Michelangelo and the Tomb of Pope Julius II

The complicated and unsatisfactory story of Michelangelo's work on the Tomb of Pope Julius II spans much of his professional life.

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1505

5 years, 1 day later

Michelangelo is summoned to Rome by Pope Julius II, commissioned to create the tomb for the pope, and spends eight months in the quarries of Carrara selecting marble for the tomb.

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Pope Julius II (1443-1513), aged 62: pope; cardinal

1516

11 years, 2 days later

While Michelangelo is in Rome a reduced plan for The Tomb of Pope Julius II is adopted by him and the executors of the estate of Pope Julius II.

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Pope Julius II (1443-1513): pope; cardinal

1524

March 24

on Monday

8 years, 2 months, 25 days later

Michelangelo's friend Cardinal Leonardo Grosso writes to him from Rome, on Michelangelo's depression at the course of the suit against him by the heirs of Pope Julius II regarding the incompletion of the Pope's tomb:

I am also told that you have declined your pension, which seems to me mere madness, and that you have thrown the house up, and do not work. Friend and gossip, let me tell you that you have plenty of enemies, who speak their worst; also that the Pope and Pucci and Jacopo Salviati are your friends, and have plighted their troth to you. It is unworthy of you to break your word to them, especially in an affair of honour. Leave the matter of the tomb to those who wish you well, and who are able to set you free without the least encumbrance, and take care you do not come short in the Pope's work. Die first. And take the pension, for they give it with willing heart.

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The moon was waning gibbous that night.
Sunrise in Rome was at 6:03 AM and sunset was at 6:09 PM.

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Cardinal Lorenzo Pucci (1458-1531), aged 66: cardinal
Pope Clement VII (1478-1534), aged 46: pope
Jacopo Salviati (1461-1533), aged 63: politician
Pope Julius II (1443-1513): pope; cardinal

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Cardinal Leonardo Grosso; Symonds, John Addington: "The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti", Modern Library (New York), p.242

1542

February 27

on Friday

17 years, 11 months, 14 days later

It is stated in a contract concerning the Tomb of Julius II that Raffaello da Montelupo undertakes to finish three statues, two of these being the Active Life and the Contemplative.

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The moon was waxing gibbous that night.

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Symonds, John Addington: "The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti", Modern Library (New York), p.345

1542

May 16

on Saturday

2 months, 18 days later

It is mentioned in a contract dated this day that Michelangelo assigns the architectural and ornamental portion of the tomb of Pope Julius II conjointly to Giovanni de' Marchesi and Francesco d' Amadore, called Urbino, providing that differences which may arise between them shall be referred to Donato Giannotti.

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The moon was waxing crescent that night.

Source: Primary

Symonds, John Addington: "The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti", Modern Library (New York), p.345

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