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The Secrets of the Vatican  (1907) 
by Douglas Brooke Wheelton Sladen
Published in 1907




THE SECRETS OF THE VATICAN



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The Secrets of the Vatican


BY

DOUGLAS SLADEN

AUTHOR OF

In Sicily." "Sicily, the New Winter Resort," "Carthage and Tunis,"

and "Queer Things About Japan."


WITH SIXTY ILLUSTRATIONS AND PLANS

INCLUDING REPRODUCTIONS OF THE MOST INTERESTING ENGRAVINGS IN PISTOLESl S GREAT WORK ON THE VATICAN


LONDON

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THIS HOOK

IS DEDICATED BY PERMISSION TO

CONTKSSA CIAUTIKR,

OK ROME, A VALUED FRIEND

AND AN ACKNOWLEDGED AUTHORITY ON THE VATICAN.


PREFACE.

THE revolt of the French Government with regard to thr constitution of the Church which has made the word Vatican a household word for months past can best be compared to the revolt of Henry VIII. of England in the sixteenth century.

But the Vatican, i.e., the Papal Government of to-day, is as different from the Vatican of that day as the ship of to-day is from the obsolete vessel of the sixteenth century with its clumsy castles at bow and stern, and primitive rigging. The Vatican Hierarchy, with its elaborate machinery of Pope and Cardinals ; Princes in attendance on the Throne ; its Privy and Honorary Chamberlains, lay and clerical, of a dozen different orders ; its Cancelleria, its Dataria, its Rota, its Sacred Congregations and Pontifical Commissions, its Cardinal Secretary of State. and its Maggiordomo, is a piece of machinery as elaborate as the great ocean-liner of to-day. The Propaganda Fide, the Holy Office (of the Inquisition), the Index Expurgatorius of Books, are by no means of the past.

Yet, as fortune would have it, this prolonged and strenuous crisis between the Vatican and France finds us without any recent English work explaining this half of the Secrets of the Vatican.

To meet this deficiency I have written chapters on the cere monies which accompany the Death and Election of a Pope, and the Creation of Cardinals ; the Duties of the Papal Secretary of State, and his predecessor, the Cardinal Nephew ; Audiences with the Pope, and his Secretary of State ; the everyday life led by the Pope ; the Papal Court and the High Officials of whom it is composed ; and the Sacred Congregations and Ponti fical Commissions, which are the everyday business of the Cardinals who live in Rome.

As the word Porte is used to imply the Sultan in his official relations, so the word Vatican is used to imply the Pope in


vi PREFACE.

his official relations, e.g., in the title I have given to the chapter from the pen of his Grace the Archbishop of Westminster on the Crisis between the Vatican and France which concludes Part I.

But the word Vatican is familiar to travellers in another signification : that of a place with museums of matchless sculpture ; and a gallery of paintings, and a chapel whose paintings are yet more famous. This does not help them to understand the first signification. The number of English people who have visited the Vatican Collections without giving any thought beyond them to the Vatican is very great. This is excusable because there is no guide-book in English, and no adequate guide-book in any language, to the Vatican as a Palace.

The reason is not hard to discover. In the days before the cataclysm of 1870. when Pius IX. was on the Papal Throne reigning like an Augustus, the insatiable curiosity which characterises readers pampered by the gossip-loving periodicals of the twentieth century had not demanded what we call books of travel, meaning books of sight-seeing, which are so popular now. And since 1870 the Vatican has been in mourning.

I have taken advantage of the title " The Secrets of the Vatican " to exclude those parts of the Palace with which every visitor is familiar, viz., the Sculpture Galleries, the Sistine Chapel, the Stan/e and Loggie oi Katfaelle, and the Pinacoteca. They are merely catalogued in the opening chapter in which I give the category of the various chapels, chambers, courtyards, and gardens which make up the Vatican. I take it for granted that everyone is familiar with them and devote my space to introducing the British and American publics to the neglected or usually closed parts of the Palace, with the necessary historical allusions.

I open with the story of the Vatican and the Ouinctian Meadows from the days when the curly-haired Cincinnati^ left his plough to head the armies of the Republic as Dictator. Then I tell the story of the building of the world s most famous palace from the time of Pope Saint Symmachus to the times of the three Popes of exile who bore the devoted name of Pius, Pius VI., Pius VII., and Pius IX. ; and give two chapters to the re-construction of Old St. Peter s, built by Constantine the Great, which Listed for more than a dozen centuries ; and three chapters


PREFACE. vii

to that wonderful charnel house of Gothic art in Rome, the Crypt of St. Peter s, whose pavement is the actual floor of the Church of Constantine, and whose vaults are strewn with the shattered tombs of eighty-six Mediaeval Popes.

It is into these chapters and the chapters on Nicholas V., the Father of the Vatican Library, the Maecenas of the Papacy, the Apostle of Learning, that history enters so much.

After these I deal with the Vatican Libraries old and new, the glowing hall and marvellous manuscripts and antiques of the Library of Sixtus V., and the Leonine Library below it by which Leo XIII. fulfilled Nicholas V. s ambition of making the Vatican enlighten the world. I give a glimpse of Montaigne in the Vatican Library. I say what I know about the Archives from the time of Pope Saint Damasus ; and dwell on the beauty and romance of the Vatican Gardens the Pope s kingdom of this world. That is followed by a number of shorter chapters on the byways of the Vatican trodden by few feet the Paoline and Leonine Chapels, the Treasury of the Sistine Chapel, the Pope s private tapestry rooms and personal apartments, the Sala Regia, the Sala Ducale, the Loggia of Giovanni da Udine, the Pope s Coach-house, the Gallery of Raffaelle s tapestries, the Gallery of the Candelabri, the Gallery of the Maps, the mysteries of the Sacristy and the Dome of St. Peter s ; and I wind up with the little-known Etruscan Museum and the Borgia Apartments. The few who have crossed the threshold of the Etruscan Museum may be glad to cross it again with one who has visited most of the Etruscan cities, half-buried in flowers and turf, on hills in hidden valleys, which are the delight and despair of the antiquarian. The Borgia Rooms, now so difficult to visit, are included, not to give a detailed criticism of their pictures, already so superbly treated by Ehrle and Stevenson, and Ricci, but partly to convey their effect as the most typically palatial part of the royal Palace of the Popes, and partly to give a number of interesting facts about them which have never before appeared in English.

From the above it will be seen that I have aimed at two things : to give the traveller who goes to Rome for sight-seeing, and the stay-at-home who has to do his sight-seeing in books of travel, some idea of the parts of the Vatican which are not generally seen ; either because the visitor does not know where


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to look lor them, or because they are only shown as a special favour ; and to give as good an account as I can of the personnel and administration of the Vatican.

I am mysell a Protestant, a member oi the Church oi England. My idea ot patriotism makes it impossible that I should ever leave the Church <>1 my Ion-lathers. But it is only upon the Rights and tin- Independence of the Church that I have strong feelings; the differences ot dogma which have grown up since it parted from the Church of Rome do not concern me. I feel towards the Church of Rome as an Anglophile American feels towards England : 1 teel that J sprang Irom it. 1 do not forget that I belonged to it. until the Middle Ag< i s, which are my special study and delight were ended. IN history and antiquities occupy a great part of mv thoughts, !<>r I spend half my life in Italy, and the days J have passed in Italy have mostly been devoted to Chinch antiquities. | regard the venerable Church, which has. been going like a clock since the days ot the Apostles, with the utmost affection and inti-ivst. Not having been brought up in the Church ot Rome, and having a feeling of repulsion to all dogma, 1 cannot hope to pen. -Irate deeper than the outer shell of that ancient and glorious institution. Hut I hope that those who are members ot the Church of Rome will recogni/e the pleasure and enthusiasm with \\liich I study then antiquities and monuments ; and accept my assurance that, il I have written anything which Inn ts their leelings, I have not written it with any out-spokcnncss or levity that I might not ha\ used in writing of England. And England i- my religion.

Before (losing this ton-\\ord I hive to make various acknow ledgments. The first is to his drace the Archbishop of West minster, who has permitted me to print in this volume the parts relating to the question ot the hour in the inaugural address on the- Crisis of the Church in Erance which he delivered at the Catholic Conference at Brighton a lew months ago. It was obviously impossible to bring out a book on the Vatican at the present moment without some allusion to this question, and with the purpose ol writing a chapter upon it I made a study of what Mr. Wilfred Ward, Mr. J. E. C. Bodley, M. Paul Sabatier, and others who have published important contributions on the subject, had to say. I found it almost impossible for me to express fairly and adequately the Vatican position, and feeling


PREFACE. ix

that my readers would prefer to have an authoritative statement from the Head of the Church in England, I applied to the Arch bishop for permission to give his account of it, which will be found in the last chapter of the first part. It should be com pared with the eloquent protest of the Pope :

" Although the Divine Founder of the Church was born poor in a manger, and died poor on the cross, although she herself has known poverty from her cradle, yet the property which she had in her hands was not, therefore, any less her own, and no one had the right to rob her of it. This property, unquestionable from every point of view, had further been officially sanctioned by the State ; consequently the State had no right to violate it. The law especially establishes uncertainty and arbitrariness uncertainty as to whether the churches will be placed, or not, at the disposition of the clergy and the faithful ; uncertainty as to whether they will be ensured to them or not, and for how long ; administrative arbitrariness regulating the conditions of enjoyment already eminently precarious. For the exercise of worship the law creates as many situations in France as there are consciences in each parish ; the priest is placed at the discretion of the municipal authority, and consequently the way has been opened to conflict from one end of the country to the other. On the other hand, there is an obligation to face all expenses, even the heaviest, and at the same time a draconian limitation so far as the resources for the purpose are concerned. Also this law, born yesterday, has already excited innumerable severe criticisms on the part of men of all political parties and of all religious opinions, and their criticisms alone would suffice to judge it. Our enemies wish to destroy the Church and to de-christianize France."

The hrst draft of the chapter on Old St. Peter s I wrote for Chambers^ Journal, and the first draft of the Crypt chapter for The Sunday at Home.

There are many books to which I have to acknowledge my indebtedness. First among these comes Gregorovius great " History of Rome in the Middle Ages," translated by Mrs. Gustavus W. Hamilton, and published by George Bell and Sons (8 vols. in 13, /3 3s. nett). This book is a fountain of in spiration to anyone who essays to write about Rome in the Middle Ages. Not only are its springs inexhaustible : the foun-


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tain itself is so cK-ar and beautiful that to take draughts from it is a perpetual delight. The smaller volume of Gregorovius, from which I have made several quotations the " Tombs of the Popes," translated by Mr. R. \V. Seton Watson, and pub lished by Archibald Constable and Co. (with whose permission these quotations have been made) -I should not have used so much but for the admirable English <>f the translation. Other s of M.-ssrs. i;,H to which I have referred a few times, are MUs Marv Knight Potter s " The Art of the Vatican." and Rosroc s " Lite ( >| I.ei < \."

Mr. John Murray has published several books which 1 have constantly before me. Besides Murray s " Handbook to Rome," which has always been recognised as one of the best in any language-, there an- Sir A. H. Lavard s "Handbook to the Italian Scho^K ,,( Painting." ba-ed < -n KURT S handbook, sixth edition (2 vols., 24*. nett); Dem i- s "Cities and Ceme teries ot Ktriina " (2 vols., 365. nett); Nielsen s "History of the Papacy in the Nineteenth Century. 1907 " (2 vols., 2.}s. nett) ; and Mr. \V. (,. Water s " Translation of the Journal of Mon taigne s Travels," which contains some interesting passages about the Vatican Library. Dean Milman s " History of Latin Chri-fi mitv." published by the same firm. I have found ot very little use; it is too <, mrent rated.

M- -srs. Macnnllan and Co. have brought out valuable books on thf subject. Laneiani s lour earlier \-olumes. "Pagan and Christian Rome," " Ancient Rome." the " Destruction of Ancient Rome," and " Ruins and Excavations of Ancient Rome," all of them published by iliis linn, are m-ver off my writing-table. Macmill.in s " Handbook to Italy and Sicily " has a special value bec.ms" in it the towns are arranged alphabetically in ga/etteer fashion. Other books of this linn to uhich I have occasionally I arc Mr. Walter Lowrie s " Christian Art and Archa-olo^y/ Professor Brvre s phenomenal book. " The Holy Roman Lmpire/ and those d-lighttul book.. Mrs. Oliphant s "Makers of Modern Rome." and Mr. Marion Crawford s " Ave Roma Immortalis." The essay entitled " A Survey of the Thirteenth Century," in Mr. Frederic Harrison s volume of essays, " The Meaning of History," which I keep on a shelf beside my volumes of John Addington Symonds, I have found very suggestive.

There are few publishers to whom I am more indebted in


PREFACE. xi

the preparation of this work than Messrs. A. and C. Black, who publish the admirable " Handbook to Christian and Ecclesiastical Rome," by Misses Tuker and Malleson, which I have used throughout for checking the information given in French and Italian works. I have also referred a few times to the large book on Rome by the same ladies, which is one of the best illustrated volumes in Messrs. Black s colour series ; and Professor Middleton s classic, " Remains of Ancient Rome." Messrs. Black have also a two-and-sixpenny guide-book to Rome with coloured illustrations, written by Mr. E. A. Reynolds- Ball in 1906.

Mr. T. Fisher Unwin has four volumes in his " Story of the Nations " series (price 53. nett per vol.) : " Rome," by Mr. Arthur Oilman, M.A. (6th imp., 3rd ed.) ; " The Papal Mon archy," by Dr. William Barry ; " Mediaeval Rome," by Mr. William Miller ; and " Modern Rome," by Professor Pietro Orsi all of them useful for facts.

I have had constant occasion to refer to that valuable book, Hare s " Walks in Rome," brought right up to date like Hare s " Days round Rome," by Mr. St. Clair Baddeley, who has the responsible position of representing the English subscribers interested in the Excavation of the Forum. Both these books are published by Messrs. Kegan Paul, Trench and Co. One of the best books dealing incidentally with the Vatican is Klaczko s " Rome and the Renaissance," translated by Mr. John Dennie, very beautifully brought out by G. P. Putnam s Sons.

For one period of the Vatican Messrs. Duckworth and Co. s beautifully produced edition of Mrs. Ady s " Raffaelle " is useful.

There is a little about the Vatican Library in Helbig s " Guide to the Public Collections of Classical Antiquities in Rome," published by Baedeker. Baedeker s " Central Italy " is indis pensable : it is so extremely well arranged, so sure to mention salient facts, like dates and measurements which one has occa sion to check. Mr. Baedeker has reproduced the map of the Vatican Hill which appears in this volume for publication in my book.

For the purpose of this volume I have not had occasion to use much that very picturesque book, Father Chandlery s


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Pilgrim \\ alks in Rome," published by the Manresa Press, though I have found it most useful in the larger work I am preparing about Rome. I understand that much information about Old St. Peter s is scattered through Father Barnes s large work on " St. Peter in Rome," which I have not seen.

The best account of the Pope s apartments to be found any where is in Zola s " Rome." of \\hicli the English edition is pub lished by Messrs. Chatto and \Yindus, who are likewise the pub lishers oi the cheap editions of Charles Reade s "The Cloister and the Hearth," into which Nicholas V. comes; and \Vilkie Collins s " Antonina."

Far the most interesting volume of gossip about the Popes is Silvagni s " l.a Corte e la Societa Rom in i nei XVIII. e XIX. Secoli," ot which a most spirited translation has been published by Mrs. Frances Maclaughlm (Elliot Stock.)

A rather similar book is the late \V. \\ . Story s famous " Roba di Roma," sixth edition, published b\- Messrs. Chapman and Hall, who are also the publishers oi Mr. Fn-deric Harrison s novel. Theophano," which has a great deal about Rome and tin- Popes in the agr oi the Ottos. As interesting as "Roba di Roma," if not as Silvagni. but, of course, written from a very different standpoint, is Cardinal XViseman s " Recollections of the Last Four Popes and ot Koine in their Times," published Iifty years ago by Messrs. Hurst and Blackrtt.

Last in the list ot English books 1 may mention the transla tion of Dr. Ludwig Pastor s "History ot the Popes," published by Mr. John Hodges, in the Catholic Standard Library, a book as picturesque and packed with learning as (iregorovius s, if less succinct.

Finally. I may say that lor all recent special information on my subject I have had to go to French and Italian books.

First, I must naturally mention the superb works written by Messrs. Ehrle and Stevenson on the Borgia Rooms, and Corrado Ricci on Pinturicchio, in which much space is devoted to the Borgia Rooms. Both ot these noble works, which cost five or six guineas apiece, were written in Italian, but of the latter Mr. Heinemann has brought out a superbly illustrated translation with glorious coloured plates.

The House of Firmin-Didot et Cie. have brought out, at 3 francs 50 centimes each, two most valuable volumes contain-


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ing contributions by M. Georges Goyau, M. Paul Fabre, M. Perate, and the Vicomte Melchior de Vogue, under the titles of il La Gouvernement de 1 Eglise" and "La Papaute et la Civilization." The former is indispensable to anyone who wishes to form a succinct idea of the personnel of the Vatican ; it is most lucidly and attractively written ; and it and the " Vie Intime de Pie X." by the Abbe Cigala, who is by birth a noble of Turin, are the two most interesting books on the Vatican which I have read.

The " Vie Intime " is even more up to date than the "Gouvernement de 1 Eglise" ; it is published by Lethielleux et Cie., who also are the publishers of M. Lector s " Le Conclave," which gives the information about the deaths, funerals, and elections of Popes in far greater detail than Goyau. M. Lector is also the author of two smaller books on the Papacy brought out by the same publishers, which I have been unable to procure in London. To understand M. Goyau s brilliant essays properly one has to have before one the " Gerarchia," or Court Guide to the Vatican, from which he draws the facts which he marshals so lucidly and interestingly in his account of the Vatican Hier archy ; and the valuable " Almanacco Italiano," a sort of Whitaker s Almanack, which has the most up-to-date information upon the Vatican Hierarchy, as it comes out a great deal earlier in the } ear than the "Gerarchia." From it, for example, one can learn the various Sacred Congregations which have been merged by the Motu Proprio of the Pope since M. Goyau wrote his book. M. Goyau is a delightful writer, his French is easy and limpid to English readers, he is very observant, has a keen eye for what is interesting, and an epigrammatic and cynical pen.

For the information about the Vatican and St. Peter s Crypt, which form a piece de r sistance in my book, I am most indebted to the " Elements d Archeologie Chrctienne " of Professor Marucchi, the Pope s archaeologist, the de Rossi of the day, and the "Cryptes Vaticanes." of Pere Dufresne, which was. until I brought out " Old St. Peter s and St. Peter s Crypt," the only book on the subject, and is a mine of information.

I have left to the end Pistolesi s magnificent work, " II Vaticano," published eighty years ago in eight huge folios at the expense, I believe, of a former Earl of Shrewsbury. Half


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my illustrations are reproductions of the hundreds of superb plans and plates in this book. Pistolesi is what Americans would call the bed-rock upon which many of the later books about the Vatican are founded, and its value is much enhanced by the fact that, unlike most large Italian works, it is well indexed.

I hoj>e that I have not omitted any of the works which have been valuable to me in the prolonged studies which preceded the writing of my book. If I have, I tender my most sincere apologies to their authors and publishers. I must conclude with a word of thanks to Miss Heath Wilson, of the English Library in the Piazza cli Spagna at Rome, a valued friend, who has given me much help by procuring for me various materials not procurable in England. Also to Miss Olave Potter, who extvutr! the severe task of compiling the very full index with which this volume conclu les.


DOUGLAS SLADKN.


Authors Club.

Whitehall Court. S.W.


LIST OF POPES.


Date, A.D.


Italian lvmr ! .


Usually known at Place of Origin.


Died 67.


  • 3. Peter.f



Bethsaida.


67-76.


S. Lino.


S. Linus.


Volterra.


76-88.


  • S. Cleto I.


S. Cletus I.


Home.


88-97.


  • S. Clemente I.


S. Clement I.


Home.


97-105.


    • S. Evaristo.


S. Evaristus.


Syria.


105-115.


  • S. Alessandro I.


S. Alexander 1.


Rome.


115-125.


  • S. Sisto 1.


S. Sixtus I.


Rome.


125-136.


    • S. Telesforo.


P. I desphoru?.


Greece.


136-140.


  • S. Iffino.


S. Ilvs4 Ilus -


Greece.


140-155.


S. Pio I.


S. Pius I.


Aquileia.


155-166.


  • S. Aniceto.


S. Anicctus.


Syria.


166-175.


S. Sotero.


S. S ter.


Campania.


175-189.


  • S. Kleuterio.


S. Bleutherius.


Epirus.


189-199.


S. Vittore I.


S. Victor I.


Africa,


199-217.


  • S. Zelirino.


S. Zephyrinus.


Rome.


217-222.


  • S. Calisto I.


S. Calixtua I.


Rome.


217-235.


Anti-Pope Ipnolito.


5. . ippulntus.


Home.


222-230.


  • S. Urbano I.


S. Urban I.


Rome.


230-235.


  • S. Ponziano.


S. Pontianus.


Romo.


2S5-236.


S. Antero.


S. Anteros.


Greece.


236-250.


  • S. Fabiano.


S. Fabian.


Rome.


251-253.


3. Cornelio.


S. Cornelius.


Home.


261.


Anti-Pope Koran-


A oratiaii ( Anti-I vpe




iiano.


to Cornelio).



253-254.


S. Lucio I.


S. Lucius I.


Rome.


254-257.


S. Stefano I.


8. Stephen I.


Rome.


257-258.


P. Sisto II.


S. Sixtus II.


Athens.


259-268.


  • S. Dionisio.


S. Dionysius.


Tyre.


269-274.


S. Felice I.


S. Felix I.


Rome.


275-283.


  • S. Kutichiano.


S. Eutyehianus.


Lucca.


283-296.


  • S. Caio.


S. Caius.


Dalmatian.


296-304.


  • S. Marcellino.


S. Marcrllinus.


Rome.


308-309.


8. Marcello I.


S. Marcrllus I.


Rome.


309-311.


  • S. Eusebio.


S. Eusebius.


Calabria.


311-314.


S. Melciade.


S. Melchiades.


Africa.


314-335.


S. Silvestro 1


S. Sylvester I.


Rome.


33G.


S. Marco.


B. Marcus.


Rome.


S37-352.


S. Giulio I.


. < . Julius I.


Rome.


352-366.


Liberio.


Liberius.


Rome.


355-365.


  • Anti-Pope S. Felice


Felix II. Pope dlirimj




II.


th* fsil>: o/ Pope





].i/>rrius.



366-384.


S. Damaso I.


S. Damasus I.


Spain.


3HI5-3H7.


Anti-P- p Crxiito.




384-399.


S. Siricio.


S. Siricius.


Rome.


399-401.


S. Anastasio I.


S. Anastasius I.


Rome.


401-417.


S. Innoceuzo I.


S. Innocent I.


Albano.


417-418.


S. Zosimo.


S. X.osimus.


Greece.


418-422.


S. Bonifacio 1.


S. Boniface I.


Rome.


418-419.


Anti-Pope F.ulalio.


Eula/ius.



422-432.


S. Celestino I.


S. Celestine I.


Campania.


432-4-10.


P. Sisto III.


S. Si.xtus 111.


Rome.


440-401.


S. Leone I.


S. Leo the Great.


Tuscany.


4f. 1-468.


S. Il irio.


S. Hil.irius.


Sardinia.


468-483.


P. Simplicio.


S. Simplicius.


Tivoli.


483-492.


S. Fclicu III.


S. Felix III.


Rome.


492-496.


S. Gelasio I.


S. Gelasius I.


A frica.


ii ;iraily Name,


Of the Elvldian Geeis.


Oi the Domitlan Owns.


Of the Calpuruiao

Gens.


Of tlie Julian Geo


Saveili.


Massimi.


Of the Aniciau G-en*,


Martyr.

t In the resister of the patriarchal basilica of St. Paul s Without the Walls we find : " St. Peter of Bethsaida in Galilee, Chief of the Apostles , who received from Jesus Christ the Supreme Pontifical Power, to transmit it to his successors, resided lirst in Antioch, then at Borne, where he met with his martyrdom on the 29th of June, in the year 67 of our era."


LIST OF POPES.


Date. A.I,.


Italian N.iiiif


1 -mully known ;.-


I l.K c (,f Origin.


l- iunily Num.-.


MM uit.


Ctletitino II.


Celestii.f II.


(Itt.i di I :i_-tello.


((iiiido. )


11M 114. ..


Lurio 11.


I.iiriu, II.


Bokvna.


Ca-cian- mid dfl )r-o.


U4.V11.--.1.


H. Ku-,:,io 111.


I .. Kii-.-ni:i-i III.


M ntc M.uino (I i^.i).


PoKnanelli.


lir.3 li:, 1.


Anasta.~io l\ .


An.ist.i.-iu- IV.


Hom-.


della Suliurr.i.


11.-. i-ll. vj.


Adrian.. IV.


II.idri.ui IV.


Kn.rl.uid.


Breakspe.ire.


U.V.I-11S1.


Ale^s-in in. III.


Alfx.n. ! r III.


Si, -n.i.


Raiidinrlli.


11.-. . 110!.


Anti- ! /:


/T. I lV/ T / 1 .




11- I lit;.-..


.Ua-/ ", C / /</


i, ,:< / a,-/,.,/ in.





///.





lir,s-U7!.


Aiili-


I!. , r.,. ,,;,.. ///




1K .> use.


AlUl-l


. , ,-. .., Ill





III.





n si us;,.


III.


111.


NIK,.,.


AlhicitiL oli.


1 1 .S - 1 1 S 7 .


rrl-.ino III.



Milan.


Crivi Hi.


11S7 11.-.7.


ill.


1 ir- . ! . VIII.


henevento.


de MIMT.I.


11S7 ll Jl.


. , III.


! in in. III.


Home.


Soo!:iri.


i ini-i I .H.


, III.


II.


Home.


llot.one.


ii jK-r.Mr,.


III.


. in III


An itrni.


dfi Conti di Si-mil.


121(1 -1227.


< rio III.


Hom-riii.-. 111.


Home.


S.iv.lli.


12L 7 1211.


.IX.


rv IX.


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LIST OF POPES.


xix


Date, A.D.


Italian Name.


Usually known AH


Place of Origin.


Family Name.


1484-1492.


Innocenzo VIII.


Innocent VIII.


Genoa.


Oibd.


1492-1503.


Alessandro VI.


.Uexander VI.


Spain (Valencia).


RodrigoLenzoli Borgia.


1503-1503.


Pio III.


Pius III.


Siena.


Todeschini - Piccolo-






mini.


1503-1513.


Giulio 11.


Julius II.


Savona.


Giuliano dell a Rovere.


1613-1521.


Leone X.


Leo X.


Florence.


Giovanni de Medici.


1522-1523.


Adriano VI.


Hadrian VI.


Utrecht.


Adriaiicx Florent Dedel


1523-1534.


Clemente VII.


Clement VII.


Florence.


Giulio de Medici.


1534-1549.


Paolo III.


Paul III.


Rome.


Alessandro Farnese.


1550-1555.


Giulio III.


Julius III.


Rome.


Ciocchi del Monte.


1555-1555.


Marcello II.


Marcellus II.


Montepuleiano.


Marceilo Oervini.


1555-1559.


Paolo IV.


Paul IV.


Naples.


Giovanni PietroCarafta .


1559-1565.


Pio IV.


Pius IV.


Milan.


Giovanni Angelo tie






Medici.


1560-1572.


S. Pio V.


S. Pius V .


Bosco (in Piedmont).


Michelc Ghis lieri.


1572-1585.


"Gregorio XIII.


Gregory X11I.


Bologna.


Ugo Boncompagni.


1585-1590.


Sisto V.


Sixtus V.


Grottamarr (in the


Felice Peretti.





March of Anrona).



1590-1590.


Urbano VII.


Urban VII.


Home.


Giambattista Castagns.


1590-1591.


Gregorio XIV.


Gregory XIV.


Cremona.


Niccolo Sfondrati.


1591-1591.


Innocenzo IX.


Innocent IX.


Bologna.


Gianantonio Facchi-






netti.


1592-1605.


Clemente VIII.


Clement VIII.


Florence.


Ippolito Aldobrandini.


1605-1605.


Leone XI.


Leo XI.


Florence.


Alessandro de Medici.


1605-1621.


Paolo V.


Paul V.


Rome.


Camillo Borsrhese.


1621-1623.


Gregorio XV.


Gregory XV.


Bologna.


Alessandro Ludovisi.


1623-1644.


Urbano VIII.


Urban VIII.


Florence.


Mall eo Barberini.


1644-1655.


Innocenzo X.


Innocent X .


Rome.


Giambattista Pamfili.


1656-16H7.


Alessandro VII.


Alexander VIJ.


Siena.


Fabio Chigi.


1667-16<- 9.


Clemente IX.


Clement IX.


PLstoja.


Giulio Rospigliosi.


1670-1676.


Clemente X.


Clement X.


Rome.


Kinilio Altieri.


1676-1089.


Innocenzo XI.


Innocent XI.


Como.


Benedetto Odescalchi.


1689-1C91.


Alessandro VI] ! .


Alexander Mil.


Venice.


Pietro Ottoboni.


1691-1700.


Innocenzo XII.


Innocent XII.


Naples.


Antonio Pignatclli.


1700-1721.


Clemente XI.


Clement XI.


Urbino.


Giovanni Francesco






Albani.


1721-1724.


Innocenao XIII.


Innocent XIII.


Rome.


Michel Angelo Oouti.


1724-1730.


Benedetto XIII.


Benedict XIII.


Rome.


Vincenzo Maria Orsini.


1730-1710.


Clemente XII.


Clement XII.


Florence.


Lorenzo Corsini.


1740-1708.


Benedetto XIV.


Benedict XIV.


Bologna.


Prospero Lainbertini.


1758-1769.


Clemente XIII.


Clement XIII.


Venice.


Carlo Rezzoriico.


1769-1774.


Clemente XIV.


Clement XIV.


S. Angelo in Vado.


Lorenzo Francesco






Ganganelli.


1775-1799.


Pio. VI.


Pius VI.


Cesena.


Angelo Brawihi.


1800-1823.


Pio VII.


Pius VI] .


Cesena.


Chiaramonti.


1823-1829.


Leone XII.


Leo XII.


Spoleto.


della Genga.


1829-1830.


Pio VIII.


Pius VIII.


Cingoli.


Castiglione.


1831-1846.


Gregorio XVI.


Gregory XVI.


Belluno.


Capellari.


1846-1878.


Pio IX.


Pius IX.


Senigalilii.


Giovanni Masfcii-Fer-






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1878-1903.


Leone XIII.


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Pio X.


Pius X.


Riese (near Anolo).


Giuseppe Sarto.


  • Gave the world the Gregorian Calendar.


CONTENTS.


INTRODUCTORY MATTER.

DEDICATION . lv

PREFACE .... v

A LIST OF THE POPES, WITH THEIR DATES, PLACES OF BIRTH AND

FAMILY NAMES . XV

CONTENTS LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

PART I.

ABOUT THE VATICAN IN GENERAL ; THE POPE : HIS CARDINALS, HIS OFFICIALS, AND HIS POLICY.


I. INTRODUCTION . 3

II. WHAT THE VATICAN CONSISTS OF r 3

HI. WHAT HAPPENS AT THE DEATH OF A POPE 37

IV. WHAT HAPPENS AT THE ELECTION OF A POPE. 4 8

V. ABOUT THE SACRED COLLEGE OF CARDINALS AND THEIR

ELECTION .... VI. ON THE DUTIES OF THE POPE S SECRETARY OF STATE

AND HIS PREDECESSOR, THE CARDINAL NEPHEW . .108 VII. A VISIT TO THE POPE S SECRETARY OF STATE, CARDINAL

MERRY DEL VAL, IN THE BORGIA APARTMENTS . 123

VIII. AN AUDIENCE WITH THE POPE . *3 T

IX. How THE POPE LIVES . X 37^

X. _ THE PAPAL COURT AND THE HIGH OFFICIALS OF WHICH

IT IS COMPOSED . . T 45

XI. THE SACRED CONGREGATIONS AND PONTIFICAL COM

MISSIONS ... *57

XII. ON THE CRISIS BETWEEN THE VATICAN AND FRANCE.

(Bv His GRACE THE ARCHBISHOP OF WESTMINSTER) . 175


xxii CONTENTS.


PART 11.

ABUIT Till- PARTS OF [ III: VATICAN NOT ( .KNEKAI.LY SHOWN TO THE PUBLIC.

HA! . I .MiK

I. THK Srukv OK IHK \ ATU:AN HIM FROM ANCIENT

ROMAN TIMI-> . . . . . .187

II. THK STORY OF rm DUILDINI; ob IHK VATICAN AI

VARIOUS Kroru- .... . . . 196

III. A DESCRIPI ION OK OLD St. PKIKR S . 219

IV ( ).v I HK REMAIN-; OK Ou> S c. PKIKK S srin. PRKSKRYKD

IN RoMF. . .242

\ . I HK CrkoiTK VAVUANK, OK ( R\I-I MI Si. I KTKR S.

dkorrE Nuovr,, NORTH SIDK . . 258

VI. THK CikoiTK VAIHA.NK, OK ( uvrr OF Si. PKTKR S.

(IkdnT. VKCCHIE ..... 273

\ II. THK (ikoriK \ ATICANK, OR ( K\IM of ST. PKTF.K S.

(iRorric NfOVK, SOTTH SIDK . . . 292

VIII. NICHOLAS V. ANI> THE VATICAN. THK ( ii\i ii. OF

NICHOLAS V. . 299

IX. THK VATICAN LIBRARY . . ,517

X. THK VISITS OK MONIAH.M \M> MISSON 10 niE

VATICAN LIHRARY ... . 340

XI. TUF. Xl.W I.IONINK I.IHRARY \\HI.R1 Hit- rRINI KI)

BOOKS ARK KL1T . . . 348

XII. I m VATICAN ARCHIYKS \NI> IHI \\ ORK OK CARDINAL

MAI . 358

XIII. THK PRIVATK GARDENS OK IHI POIK . . 367

XIV. THK POPE S CoACH-norsK. AN Accor.vi OF IHK OLD

CAVALCATA. THK VATR-AN \\ ORKSIIOP> OK MOSAICS

AND TAPESTRIES . . . 379

XV. RAFFAELLE S TAPESTRIES . 391 XVI. THK PAOLINE AND LEONIM-. (CHAPELS, AND IHK POPE S

PRIVATE TAPESTRY ROOMS . . 398

XVII. THE SLSTINE TREASURY. . 407

XVIII. THE SACRISTY OF ST. PETER S . -415

XIX. THE DOME OF ST. PETER S . .420

XX. THE BORGIA APARTMENTS . 426

XXI. - THE ETRUSCAN MUSEUM. . 451


LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.


Tu hack on page 14


16


The Grotte Nuove of St. Peter s, showing the

Confessio of Matteo Poliaiuolo on the right and

the light shining from St. Peter s Tomb upon

the Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus . . . Frontispiece

The Court of the Casino of Pius IV. in the

Vatican Gardens Facing page

o / o

The Dalmatic of Charlemagne in the Sacristy of

St. Peter s

Plan of the Vatican Precincts by Baedeker . .,

Ground plan of the Vatican. From Pistoles?*

" // Vaticano Descritto ed Illustrate " Charity. Carved by Mine- da Fiesole for Paul II. s

Mausoleum, now in the Grotte Nuove of St.

Peter s Crypt . . ....

Faith. By Mino da Fiesole, from Paul II. s

Mausoleum, in the Grotte Nuove of St. Peter s

Crypt . Giovanni da Udine s Loggia before it was glazed.

From Pi stoles fs " li Vaticano" The Fire in the Borgo, from the painting by

Raffaelle in his Stanze. Showing the exterior of

Old St. Peter s. From Pistolesfs " // Vaticano" ,.

The famous Aldobrandini Wedding in the Vatican

Library. The finest picture which has survived

from Classical times ...... ,,

St. Peter s and the Vatican. The top wing on the

right hand contains the apartments of the Pope

From Pistoles? s " // Vaticano " . . To back on

The Piazza of St. Peter s as it is to-day ; on the

right, above the Colonnade, is the Palace of the

Vatican, the right wing of which contains the

apartments of the Pope ..... ,, ,


9

T 2


Facing page 20


1. 1ST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

The Tombof Sixtus I\ . in the Chapel of the Holy

Sacrament. This is the chapel where the dead

Pope lies in state . . . t acing pa$t 44

The Sistine Chapel, where the election of the Pope

takes place when it is held in the Vatican . . .... 48

Giotto s (much restored) mosaic, called the

Navicella, in the Porch of St. Peter s. From

1 Y.i t< -.V.f ;">"// I atu-a //. ". ... ..54

The Paoline Chapel, used by the Cardinals when

they are in Conclave ..... 63

The Leonine Chapel, called also the Loggia of

Paul V. and Sala della Beatificazione, from

which the Pope goes into the gallery of St.

Peter s to bless the people after his election ;

used also for Canonizations .... ,, ,, 72

The Porch of St. Peter s. />-,</ Pistoles?* " /.

I a tiiiin^ "....... ,, -i 6

The Statue of St. Peter in St Peter s. It dates

from the 6th century .... ,. ,. 85

1 he Creation of \Voman. Carved by Mino d.i

Fiesole for Paul II. s Mausoleum, now m the

Grotte Nuove ot St. Peter s Crypt . . ,,90

Miniatures by Giotto in a manuscript in the library

of the Canons of St. Peter -. /><>;// I istincsi i

" // I ll ft t ll Mi> "...... ,. ,, ()4

The ceiling of the Sala Kcgia ,, IQO

The Pavilion of the Casino of Pius IV. in the

Vatican Gardens . . . ,, ,, 108

The Statue of St. Peter, fmrn the Old Basilica,

seated on the throne of Benedict XII. in the

Chapel of S. M. delln Bocciata in the Crypt of

St. Peter s ....... ,, ,, I i f>

havid standing on the head of Goliath. On the

ceiling of the Borgia rooms ,, ,, 124

The Courtyard of S. I amaso before the arcades

were glazed by Pius IX. Drawn and engraved

by G. Fontana. The apartments of the Pope- occupy the right wing. f- rom I^istolesi i " //

Vaticano" ....... To back on page 132

The Court of S. Damaso since Pius IX. glazed

its arcades. The Pope s apartments are to the

right, where the carriage is standing ... 133


LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.


XXV


The marble Shrine of the Virgin now in the Crypt of St. Peter s. From Pistoles fs "II Vaticano ".......

The interior of St. Peter s Showing Canova s monument to the last three Stuarts, erected by George IV. when Prince Regent

Filippo Bonanni s reconstruction of the Basilica of Constantine .......

A Bull of Pope Clement VIII., dated " Rome at St. Peter s in the year of the Incarnation of Our Lord one thousand and five hundred and ninety-two on the Kalends of January in the first year of our Pontificate " .

Panvinio s Plan showing the relation of Nero s Circus to St. Peter s, and Hadrian s Circus to his Tomb, now the Castle of Sant Angelo. From Pistoles fs " // Vaticano "...

The Circus of Nero, where St. Peter was executed, as reconstructed by G. Fontana. From Pistoles fs " II Vaticano "

The Crucifixion of St. Peter by Giotto now in the Sacristy of St. Peter s. The earliest known work of art in which the Tomb of Romulus and the Tomb of Caius Cestius are shown as the Duae Metae. From Pistolesfs " // Vaticano " .

Sarcophagus of Nicholas V. in the Grotte Vecchie of St. Peter s Crypt

Giampietro Chattard s Plan of St. Peter s and its

Portico. From Pistolesfs " // Vaticano " Exterior of Old St. Peter s, Rome. Reproduced by permission from the British Museum Guide to the Early Christian and Byzantine Antiquities

The Grotte Vecchie of St. Peter s Crypt, showing the Sarcophagus of the old Pretender on the extreme right and the urn containing the praecordia of Pius IX. next to it

The Donation of Constantine, by Giulio Romano and other pupils of Raffaelle, in the Stanze. Showing the interior of Old St. Peter s. From Pistolesfs " II Vaticano " . .


Facing page 138


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162


174


To back on page 188


189


Facing page 192


200


218


222


237


xxvi LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

Old St. Peter s, with the procession transporting

the body of St. Gregory the Great in the fore ground, and the dome of the present church

rising behind. Painted by P. Brill . . /- ucin^ pap 240

The bronze doors removed from Old St. Peter s to

the present Church. They were made by

Filarete and Ghini, and the bottom right panel

show.-, the Tomb of (Jains Cestius and Tomb of

Romulu-, at the Duae Metae. l- rom Pisti lesi s

" /. I dt: .//>/ " . . . . . . 244

The Execution of Si. Peter. Carved by Math- >

I ollaiuolo for the Confessio of Old St Peter s,

now in the Grotte Nuove of St. Peter s Crypt . 254

The Tabernacle of the Holy Lance in Old St.

Peter s. From the fresco in the Crypt . 2-6

The Tabernacle of the Volto Santo in Old St.

Trier s. From the fresco in the Crypt. From

/Y.>/V>.Vv/ v " /. l ut;\\it: ... ,, 256

of the Crypt of St. Peter s. From Pistslesi i

" /i I \iti i ii nil "..... () 258

The Temptation. Carved by M;no da Fii-sole for

Paul II. s Mausoleum, now in the Grotte Nuove

of St. Peter s Crypt ...... 2no

Chapel of the Tomb of St. Peter, in the Crypt.

The altar is almost over the Tomb ... ,. 204

The Sarcophagus of Junius P.assus in the Grotte

Nuove of St. Peter s Crypt .... ,, 266

The Mausoleum of Boniface VIII. in Old St.

IVt -r - ... ., 276

The Mausoleum of Paul II. in Old St. Peter s,

from which the Mino da Ftesole sculptures in

the Crypt were taken. /->vw / isfi Jgst s //

Vati;iini> ....... 276

The Tomb of Hadrian IV., the only English Pope,

behind; the Tomb of the Borgia P >pes,

Caiixtus III. and Alexander VI., in front. The

effigy is that of Caiixtus III M 285

Pope Benedict XII. and a fresco of Old St. Peter s

on a wall in St. Peter s Crypt .... ,, ., 296

Alfarano s plan, showing how Old St. Peter s and

the present Cathedral rest upon the Circus of

Nero. From Pistole si s " // Vatitano " . . ,,300


LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS. xxvii

St. Lawrence. By Fra Angelico; in the Chapel of

Nicholas V. ....... Facing pagt 314

The Sala Sistina, or Grand Hall, of the Vatican

Library . . ,. 33;

The Pope s Classical Garden .... ,. ,. 368

Giardino della Pigna. Showing the Niccio of

Bramante and the Pigna (pine cone) and Pea cocks which came from the Atrium of Old

St. Peter s 378

The Scala Regia of the Vatican. Designed by

Bernini ........ ,. ^t)8

The Sala Ducale of Bernini in the Vatican.

Drawn by G. Fontana. From Pisto esTs " //

Vaticano "...... ,. ,. 402

St. Peter s. Plan showing how the Dome and the

Shrine Galleries of its piers are ascended.

From Pistoles i s " // Vaticano " . . . .. ,, 4 . 4

Ancient bronze chariot in the Etruscan Museum . ,, 45:

Etruscan Museum in the Vatican, showing the

armour worn by a Roman soldier, and Etruscan

shields, mirrors, and cauldrons . . .. 456


PART I.

ABOUT THE VATICAN IN GENERAL; THE POPE: HIS CARDINALS, HIS OFFICIALS AND HIS POLICY.


The Secrets of the Vatican*


CHAPTER I. INTRODUCTION.

THE reader who is led by my title to expect scandal in this book will be disappointed. The present ad ministration of the Vatican, with its plain living and high thinking, leaves no room for scandal. Its dignity is courtly ; its approachability is saintly. The worst I have heard against the Vatican of to-day is that certain fortunate servants traffic in the tickets issued for admission to ceremonies, but venality is venial in Court servants.

I have in these pages told of the sad splendour of the death of a Pope ; of the religious exaltation and royal ceremonies of the Conclave which elects him : I have described the creation of Cardinals : and the functions of the Cardinals and the Sacred Congregations and the Pope s household touchingly called the Famiglia Pontificia: and I have given the daily round of the Pope s simple life.

I have traced the story of the Vatican Hill and the Vatican Palace from their earliest days. I have en deavoured to reconstruct Old St. Peter s out of the fragments that survive, and have lingered long in the Crypt of St. Peter s, which, with its memories and remains of the ancient basilica, is both as a monument

i*


4 THE SECRETS OF THE VATICAN.

and in history the most important part of the Vatican. My purpose in this volume has been to initiate the British and American public in the sights of the Vatican which visitors do not generallv see, and in the routine and institutions of the Papal Court.

Of all the secret places of the Vatican there is none which fires the imagination of the visitor more than the Garden of the Pope, so often called his Eden. The allusion is inevitable for at the very gates of the Vatican, on the pinnacle of the Castle of Sant Angelo, is the great Bronze Angel with the drawn sword, whom the Pope will not pass, because the tomb of the heathen Emperor below is filled with the soldiers of the re-born Rome, which dispossessed the Church of the kingdom of this world. Once past this cordon, he would be out of his dominions.

But the simile is incomplete, because the World with out, and not the (iarden within, is the Eden to which the Angel bars the way. Yet the garden must be a very Paradise to the Popes, because it is the only spot where they may listen, as Xuma Pompilius listened on this very hill, to the vaticinations of Nature, the wise coun sellor of the weary brain.

In these narrow limits are wood and vineyard a classic garden buried from the wind and open to the sun ; the voices of falling waters ; and the garden- pavilion of the fourth Pius, with its haunting beauty in the image of a Roman Emperor s pleasure house. It is full of memories of the saintly Carlo Borromeo but it is easier to credit it with the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.

How thankful must he be, whose feet never pass beyond his gates, that in Italy the flowers of the field


INTRODUCTION. 5

assert their right-of-way to every nook uncumbered with masonry. The shady groves, where he walks, when the heat of the summer day is a burden, have, in the bright leafless days of Spring, a joyous carpet of violets and anemones, squills as blue as Roman skies, and crimson cyclamens which embalm the breeze.

But more than all these must he prize, as he stands on the towered wall, built a thousand years ago by the fourth Leo to guard the Holy Hill from the heathen Saracen, the view of the open road, of the spacious Campagna, and the distant sea, which is to him the world the Vineyard where there is no cold shadow of Italian Monarchy falling, as the shadow of Elijah fell upon the sunshine of King Ahab.

Prosaic as may be the suggestions of the word coach house in unlovely London, romance yet lurks in the coach-house of the Popes, shaded by the stately stone- pines of his Garden. For here are stored the trappings with which the successor of St. Peter rode on his white mule down the Sacred Way, climbed by the Scipios and Caesars in their Triumphs, to take seisin of the Lateran, the chief Church of Christendom, the proto- palace of the Papacy. That great coach, all scarlet and gold, with the flying and trumpeting cherubs, carried Pius IX., the last of the Pope-Kings, in his royal processions, surrounded by all the Papal Court on foot, on the four great days of the year. Six huge white horses drew it, and one of their postilions lives to tell the tale among the relics of the former grandeur.

In these days, when the Pope never drives from the Vatican Gates, the coach-house has surrendered its unneeded chambers to the swelling Archives of the Vatican, many of which made the lorn pilgrimage to


6 THE SECRETS OK THE VATICAN.-

Avignon in the years of the First Captivity ; and have only come back in these latter days.

From the archive rooms you step into the noble Leonine Library, which the great Pope (gathered so recently to his Apostolic Fathers that his body still hangs between earth and heaven in St. Peter s awaiting the completion of its long home) established to receive all the printed books of the Biblioteca Yaticana.

There is a pat ho? haunting the Leonine Library like that which stalks in the deserted halls of Holyrood, for here the first of the Popes to wear no earthly crown, strove to carry on with unminished dignity the more than royal ambition of the immortal Nicholas V., to make the Vatican the light of the world, to maintain on its hill a city that could not be hid.

11 hud the foundation of not one new hall, he added few books that wen- not printed in his own Papal presses, but he turned th - famous and immemorial Library from a stagnant pool into a stream of living waters, which should ilow to the ends of the earth. For he made the >prings of learning the innumerable Archives

the priceless manu-cnpts, the half-million of printed book> gatli red in his own halls of study, mingle their current^ iW every scholar, of whatever country or creed, who thirsted for the river of learning, strewn with golden sands for discoverers.

The new halls in which Pope Leo stored the printed books are, in architecture, as they are in virtue, the foundations of the noble Sala Sistina, which is the out ward and visible glory of the Vatican Library.

This vast hall, over two hundred feet in length, frescoed with gay arabesques perpetuating the designs which Raffaelle and Giovanni da Udine copied from


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  • Nero 1 s Golden House, when it was first rescued from the

earth of jealous centuries, is at once the most brilliant and the most dignified, though not the best in art, of the imperial Chambers of Rome. In it, cased in glass, are the most famous manuscripts in the world. It is still the most princely of libraries as it was in the days before the Spanish Armada, when the superb Sixtus founded it. But when you are in it you have no heed for him ; your thoughts go back another four generations to the fairy changeling who was turned from a humble scholar- from a poor priest who tolled bells into the most brilliant monarch who ever sat on the throne of St. Peter. In that same year, 1447, when the little Ligurian of Sarzana was turned by chance into the head of Christendom, and burst upon an astonished world as a rose opens in the night, the great Ligurian city of Genoa gave birth to the greatest of all the sailors and citizens who sprang from the Republic of the Dorias.

Christopher Columbus was born just as Nicholas V. became Pontiff. Truly the world was promised, if not a Renaissance, a fresh dawn, in which the clouds of Papal Schisms and Italian Wars should lift for a day of match less brilliance, wherein the ships of Europe were to swim to Africa, India, and America, and the writers of Greece to come back across the Styx.

Few of the nine thousand manuscripts collected for the most magnificent and munificent of the patrons of learning by the great scholars of the Mid Quattrocento, like Poggio Bracciolini, the forerunner of Angelo Mai, but have gone the way of all the earth like the eight resplendent chests which contained his choicest treasures. Splendour was the language in which Nicholas would

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have the Vatican proclaim its message to the world. And even of the buildings with which he sought to make the Vatican Hill the rival of the Palatine, only one cell remains in the glory with which he clothed it the tiny chapel which glows with the masterpieces of Fra Angelico, though it was Nicholas who built the walls of the Appartameiiti which Pinturicchio frescoed for the Borgias, and of the Stanze which Raffaelle immortalized for Julius II.

Of the thousands of marvellous manuscripts, and the paintings of the Classic Age, gathered in the Library, of the Vatican Codex and the Xozze Aldobrandini, and the bits of Old Roman life from the Catacombs, I speak in their place.

The immortal grace of Rallaelle in the Stanze and l.oggie, the magnificence of Michel Angelo in the Si-tine Chapel, the masterpieces ol the Vatican Picture dallerv, even the visions nf Greece in her glory, which people the Sculpture Halls of the transformed Villa of Innocent VIII., I pass by in silent wonder, for they are not in the secret places of the Vatican.

Hut it is not everyone who can effect a visit to the Borgia Rooms which Leo XIII. rescued from the tall book-cases of the library, and n stored to apartments for Princes. Here to-day, like his forerunners when their high office was first created, dwells the Cardinal Secretary of State amid the almost matchless splendour of the halls which Alexander VI. caused to be frescoed by Pinturicchio. The Borgia Apartments are the most sparkling gem in the Vatican s golden crown of art.

Apart from the duty or the curiosity which takes you to attend a reception of the Cardinal Secretary here, or the Maggiordomo in his apartments, it is well to pay



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the visit to appreciate the atmosphere of the Papal Court, its dignity, tempered with approachability ; its simplicity tempered by quiet richness ; its unmistakable air of a Royal presence.

Though it may be visited without leave, it is only on one day in the week, and therefore, where a hundred see the Apollo Belvedere, barely one sees the storied arras richly dight, which Raffaelle designed for Leo X. to hang under the frescoes of the Sistme Chapel. These tapestries, woven in the looms of Flanders four hundred years ago, suffered from fire and sword in the evil days of the Constable of Bourbon and his Protestant Lans- knechts, but they are still the world s premier tapestries : their colours still glow : their genius is such that we can only think of the Apostles in the forms in which Raffaelle created them : and the Gallery of the Candelabri, which you visit with them, is a gallery of masterpieces.

Nor are these the only tapestries in the Vatican, for there are two other rooms where the Pope and his Cardinals robe, and State banquets are held, and the officers of the Swiss Guard have their mess, which are hung with the noblest tapestries of the sixteenth century, some of them woven for the profuse Farnese Pope, some from the Gobelins looms, given by the Roi Soleil to commemorate his betrothal all reputed to be priceless. Priceless, too, are some of the Papal treasures in the sacristies of St. Peter s and the Sistme.

The chief treasures in the Tesoro of St. Peter s are the dalmatic worn by Charlemagne when he came to Rome a thousand years ago to be crowned ; and the candle sticks wrought by Benvenuto Cellini to grace the High Altar when the Pope is celebrating Mass. In the Sistine Treasury are preserved the lace robe worn by Boniface


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VIII. at the first Jubilee, six centuries ago, and the first Golden Rose from which have sprung all the Golden Roses conferred by the Papacy on its benefactors. But here the special treasures are lost in the marvellous richness of the suites of robs worn by the Pope and the Cardinals in functions of special state, such as the black robes woven on i^old in which the officiating

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Cardinals stand round the catafalque of the dead Pope, and the trailing robes, as rich and white as snow, in which the Pope is borne into St. Peter s like a saint in glory, on his Sedia Cn -tatoria.

Everv visitor inu-t needs enter the \ atican by one of three entrain vs : by whichever lie may enter he must be dead of soul whose imagination is not fired.

If it is the gate in the little pavilion, as graceful as a Classical temple, which admits to the Pope s Garden, the Vatican Library and ihe Mii-euin of Sculpture, he will be met by a procession of the gods of Greece, chiselled out < f lair white marble in the work-hops of two thousand years ago.

It he stops and enters at the Purtonc di l : crro the iron gate at the foot of the hill he is in the oldest part of the palace, whose dark and frowning towers, more in keeping with the fortress of Avignon, rose in the age of the Borgias and della Roven-s ; the tall, dour Swiss, who guard them, still wear the motley liveries, and, on occasion, the pikemen s armour of the Middle Ages. On either side, as he passes in, rise the Sistine Chapel and the Palace of the Borgias all of the fifteenth century ; and this is the wav by which, in the old days of the temporal power and pomp, the Papal cortege issued.

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the Vatican must always be the great Portone di Bronzo the Bronze Gate, which opens on the stupendous Piazza of St. Peter s, and the temple-like colonnade of Bernini.

Here, too, are the picturesque Swiss, and a vista, more regal if not so ancient or historical. The stranger will not heed the closely-guarded staircase on his right until he knows that it is the Jacob s ladder to the apartments of the Pontiff himself. His eyes will be taken up with the Scala Regia (the giant staircase, royal in name as well as in magnificence), which leads up through a stately colonnade to the Sala Regia the Royal Hall where, surrounded by vast frescoed triumphs of the Catholic Faith, beneath a fretted ceiling as rich in gold as the waters of Pactolus, the Pope-King was wont to receive the Ambassadors of his brother Kings. The very passage which leads off it, is of such dimensions and ambitions that it is called the Ducal Hall.

The Vatican is full of chambers with lofty and romantic names such as the Hall of the Beatifications, where saints on earth are canonized ; the Gallery of Inscriptions ; the Christian and Profane Museums ; the Hall of the Popes ; the Hall of the Madonna ; the Hall of the Lives of the Saints ; the Hall of the Credo ; the Hall of the Sibyls (the last five in the Borgia Apart ments) not one of which but is worth seeing, not one of which but can be seen.

The Vatican, like Janus, the God of Rome, has two faces. Seen from the one side it is the Pope s kingdom ; seen from the other it is his home. On the first you may gaze on any week-day morning ; the second none mav behold but those who are bidden.

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the Pope s apartments but his private life and that he who lives the life of the man with the iron mask, has a right to keep sealed from observation.

Apart from the aura of Sanctity, apart from venerable associations, this portion of the palace has nothing to show within which would compare with the work of the Borgias and della Roveres. It is only three hundred years old, and recent Popes have returned to Apostolic simplicity.

Hut it contains a few noble chambers, like the Hall of the Consistory, and is rendered impressive by the atmo sphere and the velvet-liveried retainers of a Court.

What the Vatican lacks is architectural nobility. When you gaze on the glowing vaults of Raffaelle s Loggie, the triple tier of arcades which surround the superb Court of Saint Damasus, even when you move in the gorgeous baroque immensity of chambers like the Sala Regiu, you feel their majesty. Hut the Vatican has neither the romantic splendour of Windsor, nor the grandeur of the Louvre. It looks more like a Parlia ment House than a Palace. Everyone, who lifts his eyes to it, must wish that Nicholas V. had lived to accomplish his gorgeous visions, and had crowned the royal and holy hill with ramparts and towers and soaring white palaces till it rivalled the Palatine groaning under the palaces of the Caesars.


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[The numbers in brackets refer to Plan.] THE Vatican, says Hare, in his "Walks in Rome," is the largest palace in the world. He gives its measure ments as one thousand one hundred and fifty-one English feet long, and seven hundred and sixty-seven broad. These measurements are, with slight variations, repeated in other guide-books, with the exception that in Baedeker s " Central Italy " it is further stated that the total extent covered by the palace is thirteen and a half acres, while in Baedeker s " Paris " it is stated that the Louvre and the fragment of the Tuileries together cover forty-eight acres. And in any case you have to ask to what these measurements of length and breadth refer. From the left hand edge of the Sistine Chapel to the extreme point of the Sculpture Museum, built out of Innocent VIII. s Villa Belvedere, the length must be very much greater than eleven hundred and fifty-one feet. For the long Gallery of the Library alone measures a thousand and twenty feet. But if the width be taken to refer to the stretch from the back of the sacristies of the Sistine Chapel to the back of the Papal apartments, that may be approximately correct. It is to be noted also that whereas Hare and Murray each concede eleven thousand apartments,


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Baedeker says that the number of halls, chapels, saloons, and private apartments, is more likely to come to one thousand than to eleven thousand, while Misson, who visited the Vatican intelligently, in the reign of Queen Anne, says twelve thousand five hundred. Be this as it may, all of them concede twenty courts and eight grand staircases, and Murray puts down the minor staircases at about two hundred.

\Ve must now consider the principal buildings of which the Vatican Palace consists. The first of the twenty courtyards is the. Cortile di San Damaso (4^, standing at the head of tin- S ala Pia (i;, the Pope s staircase, which leads up on the right directly you enter the bronze gates. It is the grand courtvard of the Vatican, officially, for the apartments of the Pope, the apartments of the Cardinal Secretary of State, and the entrance to the library used bv members of the House hold open off it.

A second courtyard (e) is in the centre of the apart ments actually occupied by the Pope. A third, just to the south of" the Papal apartments, is called the Courtyard of the Grooms, Cortile dci Palafrenieri (c). The fourth is the Court of the Parrot (Cortile del Papa- <M/A>) (10). It is situated between the Sala Ducale (24, 25) and the Borgia Rooms ;A 37, 38, 39) in the oldest part of the Vatican Palace proper, built in the fifteenth century by Nicholas V ., Sixtus IV., and Alexander VI. It is connected by a narrow passage with the Court of the Iron Gate, the Corlile del Portone di Fcrro fn), which stands between the Sala Regia (26) and the ante-chapel of the Sistine Chapel (29) on one side and the Torre Borgia (40) on the other. This again opens out of the Cortile della Sentinella (12) the




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As far as the exterior is concerned, this is by far the most interesting part of the Vatican Palace. Its lofty gateway and towers, with their beetling machicoles, the heavy, overhanging balconies, reminding one with their forbidding strength of the rock-like Papal Palace of Avignon, are full of the atmosphere of the fifteenth century. There is a grimness in the very colour of the old brown walls. The whole aspect gives you an idea of the many-towered castle which bore the name of the Vatican in the days of the Old St. Peter s the one actual fragment of the gigantic enceinte with which Nicholas V. proposed to surround the Vatican Hill, filling its interior with the Holy and Royal city which was to exceed the Palatine of the Qesars in the vastness and splendour of its buildings, and to contain such a library as would make it the focus of light and learning for all Christendom, for all the civilized world. Thomas Parentucelli, the little man of Sarzana, did not live and work and dream in vain, though the Popes are no longer kings of the Earth, and of all his buildings on the Vatican Hill only one tiny chapel, made heavenly by the genius of Fra Angelico, remains perfect- though even of his books but a handful are left. For the Vatican Library is still the library of libraries, where the originals that have given us our copies of the classic writers of Greece and Rome almost all lie. That is the outward and visible sign, and added to that is the in ward and spiritual grace of learning and scholarship


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which has rarely ceased to illuminate the Papal Court since Nicholas V. gave it birth. He might well have been figured as Moses drawing the waters of learning from the dry rock with a stroke of his rod the pastoral staff.

Only separated from this old brown bit of the Vatican bv the building of Nicholas which was converted into the Borgia Apartments, is the seventh courtyard (58), theCortile del Belvedere, which is divided from the ninth, the (liardino della Pigna .;<) , by the Vatican Library, and the Braccio Nuovo ;j of the Sculpture (ialleries and the little court ot the Vatican printing office (64), which must be counted the eighth.

The entire space occupied by the seventh, eighth, and ninth courtyard>, the Tortile del Belvedere, the (iiarclino della Pigna, and the diardino della Stampena, and the buildings which divide them, formed one superb court- vurd in the building designed by Bramante at the com mand of Pop* Julius II., to connect the Vatican Palace of his enemies the Bnrgius with the villa or garden palace of Pope Innocent VIII., which received its name of the Belvedere from its beautiful view. There is another little garden or court, the tenth, in the centre of the Villa of Innocent VIII., which now forms the principal Sculpture Museum. This also is called the Cortile del Belvedere. Of the remaining courtyards, those of the Maresciallo of the Conclave (14), and the Maggiordomo (15), abut on the Sala Ducale, and that of the Archivi is on the far side of the Pavilion by which you enter the Sculpture Museum. But neither these nor the Court of the Falegnami behind the Papal apart ments concern the general public nor do any other of the courts except the Cortile del Forno, which lies at the



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back of St. Peter s where you turn up to the Sculpture Gallery.

The principal staircases of the Vatican are the Scala Pia (i), the Scala Regia, with the Scala Nobile, which leads up to the Hall of the Biga and the Etruscan Museum ; the staircase to the Museo Pio Clementino ; the great staircase on the north side of the Courtyard of San Damaso ; the staircase which leads from the Sistine Chapel down to St. Peter s, and the staircase leading to the Pope s apartments up from the Courtyard of San Damaso.

The great Scala Pia which sweeps up from the Bronze Doors to the Courtyard of S. Damaso (and consequently to the Pope s apartments), receives its name from Pius IX., who converted it from an open staircase at the same time as he enclosed the south side of the Courtyard of S. Damaso. Halfway up it is the office of the Pope s Maestro di Camera, and at the top are the apart ments of the Maggiordomo, consisting of a large cloak room fitted with tables on which visitors lay their coats and hats, leading into a luxurious apartment of the dimensions of a hall, where the visitors wait and the principal secretaries have their tables, and thence into the Maggiordomo s office itself.

The Scala Regia is a mountain of stone, claimed by ardent Roman Catholics to be the finest interior stair case in the world. It was designed, like the glorious colonnades of the Piazza of St. Peter s, by Bernini. It was ordered by the Barberini Pope (Urban VIII.), but not finished till the time of the Chigi Pope (Alexander VII.), whose arms it bears.

It furnishes a magnificent prospect as it mounts up from the Bronze Doors, the public entrance to the

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Vatican, stretching away in a long vista, commencing with a superb Ionic colonnade ; and it must not be forgotten that Bernini also designed enormous gilt consoles for the further decoration, and for the illumina tion of his great staircase, which still exist but are kept stored away ; I allude to them elsewhere. The stucco ornamentations above the arches and on the ceilings which bear the arms of Alexander VII. are the work of the sculpt or Algardi and have considerable beauty and elegance, though they are not at all com parable to the work of the Sicilian Giacomo Serpotta, who lived a hundred years later, and, of course, may have been inspired by Algardi. Th- other staircases will be described as they come into the topographical plan.

At the top of the Scala Pia, as I have said, is the beautiful Cortile d; S. Damaso .j , the royal court of the Vatican, which, in it- conception, was one of the master- pieces of Bramante, though it has been altered so con siderably -particularly under Pius IX. -that much of its original grace is lost. Good old Pio Nono was, it must be confessed, on the horns of a dilemma : on the one hand he had Bramante s most elegant arcades 20j 21, 22 to consider, on the other hand there were the frescoes of Kalfaelle and Giovanni da I dine, which were feeling the effects of four centuries of semi-exposure to the weather. As in the case of St. Peter s and the Cortile del Belvedere, Bramante was sacrificed to later idea^ The airy and soaring effect of the triple arcades with which he had surrounded the Courtyard of S. Damaso was lost in the glass screens with which the arches were tilled. But the frescoes benefited by the conversion of the loggias into a sort of winter garden. The right hand, or east side, of this court is taken up


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with the apartments, said to be only twenty-two in number, which Sixtus V. built round a minor court yard for the actual use of the Popes. Of these the Pope s library, study and bedroom, private reception room, and a sort of antechamber to it (i, i, i, i, i, i, i, h, g), look south across the Piazza of St. Peter s over Rome. The throne room, the private chapel and its anteroom, the anteroom which leads into them and the second public anteroom, occupy the east side of the quadrangle. The Hall of the Grooms and the first public anteroom occupy the north side, and most of the west side is taken up with the state entrance and the staircase and the fine Sala Clementina (f), in which one of the three pickets of Swiss Guards on duty at the Vatican is stationed.

Out of this opens the Hall of the Bussolanti. This is the name given to the lay attendants, dressed in crimson velvet, who mount guard over the Bussola the door for keeping out draughts which gives access to the Pope s private antechambers. There are thirty-six Bussolanti. In their hall, the laity who are admitted to an audience with the Pope leave their hats and coats and umbrellas. After passing the Bussola you thread a series of ante chambers, says Goyau. c< The first is guarded by gensdarmes, and the secretaries of Cardinals await here the return of their masters. The second is in charge of the Palatine Guards. Turning off to the right the visitor, by a third hall decorated with tapestries, reaches a fourth, in charge of the Noble Guards. To the right a door which can be opened wide gives access to the Chapel of the Holy Father. And it is in this hall that you are stationed when you are present at the Pope s Mass. A fifth room, called the Anticamera d Onore, is

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adorned with the Papal Throne. When you are granted a private audience you attend in this room. It is here that the Pope takes up his position to receive important bodies of visitors ; to receive, at the New Year, or on the anniversary of his coronation, the congratulations of the Prelate, and Cardinals ; and to hear during Lent and Advent the preachings intended for the Papal Court. Two Camerieri d Onore, one in a violet habit, the other with s^uiu c C\I/>/M, are on duty in this antechamber. Before a door at the bottom a Noble Guard is on duty. This door admits to the Anticamera Segreta, reserved tor prelate- who are at least Camerieri Segreti, and tor Cardinal-. From this point you have only a threshold to cross and you are at the feet of the

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This is the easternmost portion of the Vatican Palace, and under its shadow on the south side arc the Court of the (.room-, etc. The other two sides of the Court of S. Damaso, which is the next portion of the palace westwards, are taken up with the Loggie of Raifaelle (20, 21, 22 , completed by him as the architect from the design ol Bramante. Only a limited number of the panels, called Raifaelle s Bible, because they are taken from Bible history, are from kaflaelle s hand; but of great interest also are the stucchi and arabesques executed by Giovanni da Udine, who was the sole artist employed in the first iloor gallery on the west side. I have told in another chapter how he copied these arabesques from the newly-discovered baths of Titus ; they have the double merit of reproducing an ancient Roman monument and being extremely graceful and spirited. The Loggie of Raffaelle do not fall within the scope of this book, for they are one of the parts of



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the palace which everybody visits. It is through Giovanni da Udine s loggia that the students who have the privilege of reading in the Vatican Library, as well as the privileged inhabitants of the Vatican, enter the Library, passing along the Gallery of the Inscriptions (Galleria Lapidaria), which is nearly seven hundred feet in length and covered with five thousand fragments of pagan and early Christian inscriptions, sarcophagi and cippi, collected mainly by Pius VII. when Napoleon had carried off all the prizes of sculpture from the Vatican galleries, though a few of them were collected by Clement XIV. and Pius VI. Underneath this is the atelier in which the famous Vatican mosaics, upon which I have said a few words in another chapter, are made. The Gallery of Inscriptions (42) leads into the Chiara- monti Museum (77), which I shall leave until I am speaking of the Sculpture Galleries, to which it belongs. It also received its present designation and use from Pius VII. the Chiaramonti Pope and the two together fill one of the two great wings nearly four hundred yards long which Pope Julius II. commissioned Bramante to build to unite the palaces which stood in his day with the Villa of Pope Innocent VIII. on the northern edge of the Vatican Hill.

It is best to retrace our steps to the Loggia of Giovanni da Udine, at the back of which are four interesting rooms ; the first and largest of the Borgia Apartments, the smoking-room of the Cardinals, called also the Galleriola (35)> or the audience room ; the Spogliatoio, or Hall of the Pappagallo (35), and the Hall of the Paramenti (23) . I have mentioned these in order from north to south, but I will take the last, which is entered through the Sala Ducale (24, 25), first. It is singularly well named,


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for the term Sala dei Paramenti mi-lit be applied with equal fidelity to its being the room where the Cardinals put on their sacerdotal robes for great functions, or it- bring the room with the tapestry hangings with the arms of the Farnese Tope, Paul III., I534- I 5^9. Nvhlch are said to be so priceless.

A door from the Sala dei Paramenti admits into the Sala del Pappa.uallo, or Hall of the Parrot, which con tains the nuptial tapestries of Louis XIV. and is the room set apart for the Pope to robe in before he goes to function- in St. Peter s. 1 1. -re the Cardinal Secretary of State gives his state dinners, and here, in ordinary life, the officers of the Swiss Guard dine. The long gallery opening out of the end of this room, \\ith reeliiiing benches along its side, after the manner of the guard- rooms of Tunis, is the Galleriola, now the smoking-room of the Cardinals.

The Horgia Apartments are approached by a separate staircase in the north-wot corner of the Courtyard oi S. D.unaso. Thev now, of course, form the official residence of the Pope s Prime Minister, the Cardinal Secretary of Mate, and are the subject of a separate chapter. The first of them -known as the Sala dei Pontiiici, or Hall of the Popes 36 -is much the largest. Leo X. had the ceiling decorated with mythological emblems by Giovanni da Udine and Pierino del Vaga, pupils of Raffaelle. It is impossible to believe that the lost Hours of Raffaelle lie, as some have said, under these frescoes, because Leo X. was far too great an admirer of the work of Raffaelle to have allowed a jot or tittle of it to be hidden.

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of Cephalus and Procris. Here I must warn readers that all guide-books, except the latest, are incorrect in the information which they give about the Borgia Apart ments, as they have been subjected to so many changes. Even Hare s " Walks in Rome," brought up to date by a man who knows his Rome so well as Mr. St. Clair Baddeley, states that visitors are admitted by the same ticket required for the Sculpture Galleries, and that they have been opened as a kind of Mediaeval museum of the Papacy," Museo di Leone XIII . (Hare, 1905), while in Black s " Guide to Rome " (1906), it is repeated that they are the " Mediaeval museum of the Papacy," and that Room I. serves as the anteroom of the Swiss Guard, while another guide-book places the armoury in them. As a matter of fact they now serve no purpose except that of the Cardinal Secretary s official residence, and orders for admission, which are limited to five persons at a time for a short period in the afternoon, are issued by the Cardinal s secretary in the mornings. Until twenty years ago all the printed books of the Vatican Library were kept in them.

Coats and hats and umbrellas are left in the Sala dei Pontinci (36), which leads into the second of the Borgia Apartments where the celebrated frescoes by Pin- turicchio, which rival his frescoes in the Library of Siena, begin. This is called the Hall of the Mysteries, or the Hall of the Madonna (37). Here, except in the hours during which the public are admitted, one of the Cardinal s secretaries sits, who receives the cards of visitors admitted for an audience. The regular recep tion hours are after the Angelus. The exquisite Annunciation is in this room.

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Camera dell a Vita dci Santi (38), in which the frescoes are glorious. For here arc the story of Santa Rarbara ; the infinitely lovely picture of St. Catherine (Lucrezia Borgia) disputing with the philosophers before the Emperor ; the San Sebastian ; the Santa Susanna, and the Isis and Osiris ceiling, selected to give the legend of the bull Apis, the ox being the Borgia arms. This is the waiting room in which visitors remain after the secretary has pa-d them until the Cardinal sends for them, or more ordinarily, comes in person to call them ; for the courtesy and courtliness of the great Vatican officials is exquisite.

The fourth room opening out of these is called the Camera dclle Arti e Scienze 39 , where the Cardinal holds his audiences. This, again, has superb Pinturicchio frescoes, representing the Seven Liberal Arts.

From there a staircase of about a dozen steps leads uj) into the Torre ttor^ia (40), where there are two rooms, the first of which, with large oriel windows, is the Cardinal Secretary s study. Just below the ceiling runs a fresco of the Apostles, each holding his special portion of the Creed, whence its name, "The Hall of the Credo." The celebrated Xo//e Aldobrandmi, the iim-st antique fn-sco known before the grand discoveries at Pompeii, is no longer in this room, as stated in 11 are : " Walks in Rome," 1905. It is now in the Vatican Library, where anyone can see it, whereas these two rooms in the Torre Borgia are never shown to the public. The other room in the tower, known as the Sala delle Sibylle, has an elaborately frescoed ceiling, and I believe some fine tapestries, but I have not seen this room.

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seen the bath-room in the suite of rooms higher up in this tower, once occupied by Cardinal Bibiena, the patron of Raffaelle, whose niece was betrothed to the painter, and lies buried by his side in the Pantheon ; this was painted by Raffaelle with mythological sub jects. Something in these beautiful frescoes offended the prudery of Gregory XIV. s advisers, and the bath was taken away ; and the pictures, which were spared as being some of Raffaelle s good work, were covered up with wooden panelling to turn the offending bath room into a chapel. It is said that the panelling has now been removed, but I have not heard of anyone having been allowed to see the pictures.

Over the Borgia Apartments are Raffaelle s Stanze. Admittance to them is by a staircase turning off the Scala Regia of Bernini. After passing through an anteroom and two small rooms hung with modern pictures of miracles and martyrdoms, you enter the Sala della Immacolata, adorned with huge pictures of the promulgation of the Immaculate Conception by Pius IX., which contains in the centre the superb gilt ark, presented to Pius IX. by the French clergy, one of the finest pieces of modern cabinet making.

From this you enter the Stanze, which represent the highest triumph of Raffaelle. For Sodoma, Perugino, Luca Signorelli, and other great fifteenth century masters had all but completed the frescoing of these rooms when Julius II. decided to have them re-frescoed by Raffaelle. You cannot help wondering what became of their feelings, if not of their work. The first Stanza contains the Fire in the Borgo, the Coronation of Charlemagne, the defeat of the Saracens at Ostia, and Leo III. justifying himself before Charlemagne,


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These are all by Raffaolle. Perugino s pictures remain on the ceiling and the mosaics on the iloor come from an ancient Roman villa. This is called Sitinzii del Inccmiio. In the second room, called the Stanza dclla

.itura, the arabesques of the ceiling are by Raflaelle.

The walls are covered by some of Raffaelle s greatest frescoes: the School of Athrn-, the Pisputa, and the Parnassus are in this room. Tip thud room, the S/i/;/.:<f (/ I:licJ<-r<>, was except the ceiling, \\hich \\ as pro- bablv bv (iitilio Romano entirely by RalTaelle s own hand. Here are the Liberation of St. IVter, the Mass of Bolsena, the Fxpulsion of Heliodorus, and the !\ I ll-e of Attila. The fourth room, called the S^iLi di Costiintino, is by the pupils of Kailaelle, though prelimin.irv sketches had been made by Kaliaelle for the Battle between Con-tantine and Maxeiitius. The coiling is a great deal later ; it \sas completed under Sixtu- V. i ^^-iS in . A door at the end of this room lead- into the old hall of the Pope s groom- paldjrc- nicn , which according to Tuker and MalK >on \\-as entirely decorated in . :-hiurosmro by Kalfaelle, though the ])ainlings have been retou lied and -poilt by Carlo Maratta and Zuccli. ro. Poors at the end to the left and right lead into RaliaelleV l.. !< and the Chapel of Nicholas V., which is out 1 of the gems ol the Vatican, decorated with tin- masterpieces of l ; ra Angelico. They were his last and most matured work, executed 1450-1.155, and can only be compared to the brilliant Riccardi Chapel of IHIIO//O Gozzoli at Florence.

After seeing Raliaelle s Stanze and the Chapel of Nicholas V., it is usual to proceed to the second floor of the Loggie, which enclose the Cortile of S. Damaso, known as Raiiaelle s Loggie, alluded to above. After


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leaving them, more stairs are ascended to the upper tier of the Loggie, which were decorated with maps under Clement VII. by Antonio da Varese. From this you enter the anteroom of the Pinacoteca.

As everyone who goes to Rome visits the Pinacoteca, it does not fall into the compass of a book on the secrets of the Vatican to describe the pictures. They are not very numerous, but include one or two of the most famous pictures in the world : such as Raffaelle s Trans figuration.

I will suppose you to have finished your first day s perambulation of the Vatican when you have descended from the picture gallery to the Bronze Doors, though, unless accompanied by a very high official of the Vatican Household, you would never have been allowed to have seen all these things one after another as con venience dictated.

On your way down you would have passed the en trance to the Sala Rcgia and the famous apartments which lead off it. It would have been better to have passed them in any case, even if you had had time to devote to them, for the right way by which to approach the Sala Regia is to enter the Bronze Gaie and mount Bernini s magnificent staircase, the Scala Regia, so that you may get a true impression of its magnificence.

The Sala Regia (26), called also the Aitla Magna, i.e., the Grand Hall, was built by Antonio Sangallo the younger, for that rather baroque Pope, Paul III., for the reception of the Ambassadors of foreign Sovereigns. It is very large and has a very ornate stucco ceiling by Pierino del Vaga, though the stucchi over the door are by Daniel e da Volterra. The frescoes of the Triumphs of the Popes are by Vasari, the Zuccheri, and others.


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The room is over a hundred feet long, fifty feet wide, and seventy feet high. The door on the left admits to the Sistine Chapel (30), which I need not describe, as it is one of the parts of the Vatican usually visited by sightseers.

The door opposite admits to the Sala Ducale (24, 25), a very long, narrow low room, constructed by Bernini, known as the Auhi Minor ; it is divided into two parts by an arch in the most degraded style of art, composed of curtains and cupids, also by Bernini. Through it the Pope and his Cardinals go to functions at St. Peter s after robing in the Sala del Papagallo and the Sala del Paramenti. And visitors who are lucky enough to get permission to see these two rooms have to approach them through the Sala Ducale. Another door on the same side of the Sala Regia as the Sala Ducale, leads down to the court of the Maivsriallo of the Papal Conclave (14).

Opposite this is the door which admits to the Leonine Chapel in the (iallery, which runs over the porch of St. Peter s, built by Carlo Maderno, and hardly men tioned in any guide-book, although it is of very great importance, as it gives on to the gallery of St. Peter s, from which the newly-elected Pope blesses the people, and contains the window over the Piazza from which he used to bless the people before the loss of the tem poral power in 1870. It was converted into a chapel by

Leo XIII.

Between it and the Cappella Paolina (34), which is entered by a door at the south-west end of the Sala Regia, are a number of small chambers, in which are stored the gilt consoles, and other portable decora tions designed by Bernini for St. Peter s.


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The Cappella Paolina (34) is chiefly famous for having two huge frescoes by Michel Angelo, much restored by his pupils. It was built by the same architect as the Sala Regia, and has some of the best late stucchi in the Vatican.

Though the Sistine Chapel does not fall within the compass of this work, it is necessary to traverse it, and pass through a little door under Michel Angelo s fresco of the Last Judgment, to enter the succession of small chambers (31) which form its treasury, where the Pope s vestments, the vestments for the Cardinals on special occasions, the Popes tiaras, the Golden Rose, and other objects of the highest interest are kept. At the back of the Sistine Chapel a staircase (32) leads down from the Vatican to St. Peter s.

To see the remaining parts of the Vatican, which include all the Museums and the Library, the ordinary visitor has to return to the Bronze Gate, go out into the piazza, and walk round three-quarters of St. Peter s, until he finds himself in the Cortile del Forno, a quad rangular court, with a fountain in the middle of it, which has St. Peter s on the one side and the Mint on the other. The Mint, standing on a kind of a terrace, is territorially not part of the Vatican : it is the one spot on the Vatican Hill of \\hich the Italian Government took possession. The road which passes between the two is the Via delle Fondamenta, along which Pope Leo XIII. took that memorable drive which was taken to mean coming out of his captivity, referred to in another chapter.

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and gateway and balcony, brown and feudal-looking, arrest your attention. At she entrance are r-entries in the h If-incdi. i val dress of the Swiss Guard. That em battled gateway admits to the Cortile della Sentincila u ; one of the three places in the Vatican which has a corps-dc-garde, the state entrance to the palace by which Kings and Cardinals and Ambassadors enter to visit the Pope. This court, as I have said, is bounded by the Sistine Chapel (30) on the south, and on the north by the Chapel of Pius V. (56), and the end of the Musco Crist iano. It opens into a second court, known as the Corlile del Portone di lYrro x ii ; bounded by the Sistine Ante-Chapel 29 and the Sala Regia [26] on the south, and the Torre Borgia 40) on the north. This is divided from the Cortile del Pappagallo (10) by a wing con taining two small halls the halls of the Xoble Guard.

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Th- ground floor rooms round these quadrangles are devntrd to various humble and prosaic uses. The chamber on the first floor at the angle of the Vialone and the Cortile della Sentinella is the Chapel of Pius V., with the Room of Small Cabinets beside it. Then follow various rooms of the Christian Museum of the Vatican Library; the Hall of the Christian Paintings (55), llu ^ 1Ia11 of thc Papiri (54), with the Hall of the Noz/e Aldobrandini (55) at right angles to them, spanning the road, which has the Room of the Terra cottas leading off it, the Christian Museum (53\ pro perly so-called, the Hall of Aristides (52), thc Hall of the Obelisk (51), the Hall of the Bonaventura (50), the Hall of the Vatican Manuscripts (61), the Libraries of the Alexandrine Collection (62), the Ottoboni Collec tion (65), the Capponi Collection (65), the Borghigiana Collection (66), the first two halls of the Library (66),


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and the Museo Profano (67). The whole of these from the Chapel of Pius V. northwards, form the western long wing from the old parts of the Palace to Innocent VIII. s Villa, and they are confronted all the way along by the Pope s private garden, separated from them by the Vialone di Belvedere. In the whole of this portion of the Vatican Library, nearly four hundred yards long, you do not see a single book : they are all manuscripts, and put away in presses in the ancient Roman fashion ; but you see a good many museum objects. As far as it goes, the Vatican Library would be one of the most interesting museums in Rome if they only let you stop an instant to take anything in. The rooms underneath were constructed for coach-houses and stables. The coach-houses still contain a large number of the state coaches which are never used. Some of the stables have been turned into new chambers for the Archivio, or archive office.

I have spoken elsewhere of the enormous Cortile,* between three and four hundred yards long, which Bramante designed to fill the entire space between the two long wings from the old Palace to the Villa of Innocent VIII., of which I have been describing the westernmost. It was to have had a triple tier of the classic arcades in which Bramante delighted ; and would, without doubt, have been the finest Cortile in Europe. Tournaments and races were to have been held in it. One could see in it the pagan mind of Pope Julius II., purposing to match the Circus of Caligula and Nero, out of which, owing to the execution of St. Peter, the Vatican grew. At the Palace end there was what the ancient Romans called an esedra, a sort of open-air

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apse (60), in which the Roman Emperors were wont to ensconce themselves like gods in niches. There is one in the Stadium of Domitian on the Palatine, and another in the Baths of Trajan on the Esqniline Bramante designed his escdni to be a sort of theatre. It is to be noted that bull-fights have been held here. Jousting went on in the Court of the Tournaments until the time of Sixtus V., as long, in fact, as it went on anywhere. The name applied to the arcades when they were first built was the Portions Julii. The northern half, now the (jiardino della Pigna, was always the height of a terrace- above the southern half. Sixtiir-, V. >poiled lor ever the conception of Bramante by building the Sala Si>tina . .j.S ; v his magnificent new hall which was to receive the Vatican Library) right across the middle of the va^t quadrangle ; it is the Sala Sistma, two hundred and twenty feet long, forty-eight feet wide, and twenty-nine feet high, gorgeously arabesqued, in which the visitor sees, in glass cases, the most precious niamiMTipts of the Vatican, and an alarming number of >evrrs vases, pre>ented to Pius IX. The rooms underneath the Sala Sistina have at various time> been given up to armouries and stables, but Leo XIII., who loved to ennoble his palace like the old Pope> before him, inaugurated the mo>t >\vecping and effective changes in the Vatican Library since the days of Sixtus himself. He was desirous of taking the books out of the Borgia Apartments, which, when he was elected to the Papacy, formed the library of printed books. But he was even more desirous to fulfil the aspi ration of Nicholas V., by making the splendid Library of the Vatican a light of the world, " a city set upon an hill." He gave the order for the rooms under the


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Sala Sistina to be converted into a library to receive all the printed books. The change was effected with astonishing celerity, and when it was ready, the whole two hundred and fifty thousand books stored in the Borgia Apartments were transferred to it in fourteen days by fifteen workmen. You go down into the new library close to the entrance of the Sala Sistina from the Gallery of Inscriptions. I should have mentioned that before you enter the Sala Sistina you cross the first of a range of four small rooms. It is called the writer s room (44), but is chiefly used for sticks and umbrellas, which must be left there. Out of it open in succession the small Reading Room, the Room of the Papiri (46), and the Librarian s Room (47).

At the far end of the New Library, adjoining the Archives (the new rooms of which are on the ground floor facing the Vatican Gardens), is Cardinal Mai s Library ; and between the two are three reading rcoms facing the Cortile del Belvedere, and the Palatina, Aracceli, and Zelada Libraries, facing the Cortile of the Stamperia, or printing office of the Vatican, which divides it from the Braccio Nuovo ; a new Sculpture Gallery, which Pius VII. had built by Raffaelle Stern in 1821, and which contains some of the gems of the Vatican Collection. The Braccio Nuovo forms the south side of the Giardino della Pigna, the north side of which is the old Belvedere, the Villa of Innocent VIII., which has been converted into the Vatican Sculpture Museum. To many people this is their favourite spot in the whole Vatican, for it is here that the treasures are amassed for which it is hardest to find a parallel anywhere in the world the inimitable marble copies, executed in the first days of the Christian

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Era, of bronze masterpieces of the most glorious of the great sculptors, except Phidias. Praxiteles, Myron and Polycletus are all represented by superb copies.

You enter the Sculpture Galleries through the gate way of the gracious little pavilion, called il Padiglione ioi , and ascend the first tlight of the beautiful and well-named Scala Nobile, which takes you into the >ala a Croce Greca 100). As everyone visits the Sculpture Galleri.-s, I shall say little of the contents of its various chamber-. From this you pass through the Sala kotouda 99 into the Hall of the Muses (08), and thence into the Sala degli Animali, the Hall of the Animals 92 So far von have no choice, but hen 1 you can either walk straight into the court of the Belvedere, in \vhose portion are four little cabinets (p, q, r, and s , containing the Apollo Belvedere, the Laocoon, the so-called Antmous, and Canova s immeasurably inferior statues: or you can turn to your left into the Galleria delle Statue, Gallery of the Statue-, which contains, among its other priceless treasures, the Ariadne, the Torso of Hercules, the Apollo Sauroctonus, and the Geniu> of tlie Vatican ; and the Gabinetto delle Maschere, Cabinet of the Masks (97), which has a balcony to which the public are not admitted outside ; it opens off the Gallery of the Statues (93); the Sala dei Busti, the Hall of the Busts (95), is at the end. From thence you pass to three little chambers called the Vestibule of the Torso (87), the Vestibule of the Vase (88), and the Vestibule of the Meleager (89); and the Museo Chiaramonti, a hall of interminable length, stocked with the worst statues in the Vatican Museum those, in fact, with which poor Pius VII. had to console himself when Napoleon took


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all the best ones away. Near the entrance is the door which admits to the Giardino della Pigna (79), which is now entirely closed to the public ; but is interesting as containing the bronze fir-cone or Pigna, and the bronze peacocks which adorned the fountain of the atrium of Old St. Peter s. In the small rooms running along the north side of the Garden of the Pigna are the Egyptian Museum, formed almost entirely of Egyptian objects found in Rome.

When you regain the entrance to the Sculpture Gallery, or rather, when you come back to the landing of the Scala Nobile, you ascend higher. Eirst you will want to look into the delightful little Sala della Biga, which occupies the upper half of the pavilion through which you enter. It gets its name from the beautiful, though so much restored, marble chariot which stands in the centre. All round this room are exquisitely beautiful statues, several of them amongst the finest in the collection.

A side door admits to the Etruscan Museum, the celebrated Museo Gregoriano, founded by Gregory XVI., which contains the most precious collection of ancient Etruscan remains in the world. It is mainly over the Egyptian Museum; and its display of Greek vases, mostly from the tombs of the perished Etruscan city of Vulci, is unrivalled. It had the choice over other museums : in drinking bowls especially it is unapproach able.

Between the Hall of the Biga and the Etruscan Museum is the entrance to the Galleria dei Candelabri : a series of six halls, opening into the Galleria degli Arazzi, which terminates in the Galleria Geografica (the Gallery of the Maps), which is five hundred feet


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long. The Arazzi are, of course, the tapestries manu factured in Flanders from the designs of Raffaelle and his pupils, and the Gallcna Gcografica is part of the Pope s own apartments, to which it is very difficult to gain admission. It leads, in fact, into the Hall of Papal Audiences " ; anil these galleries between them constitute the upper storv which covers the whole length of the Long (iallcrv of the Vatican Library -the whole length from Innocent VIII. s \ illa to the Palace.

I have now mentioned all the most important chapels, courts, staircases, halls and chambers in the Vatican which the public ha- any reasonable hope of visiting, or anv object in vi-itnm. The rest of the rooms which go to make up the thousand rooms ot Baedeker, or the seven thousand of Taker and Malleson, or the eleven thousand of Murray and Hare, are occu pied bv the large population, e>timated at two thou sand and odd persons, inhabiting the Vatican, and having for a parish church th- Cappella Paolma. There still remain, however, a lew building- outside the actual gates of the palace, but within the Vatican precincts : such as the Palace of the Holy Office (the Inquisition), and the Armena, which, with Castel (iandolfo and a few palace- and churches in Rome, constitute the Pope s

kingdom.

The Mint, or /ecca, which, as I have said, was taken possession of by the Italian Government, is not difficult to see ; it i- open daily, but to see the workshops one must applv to the director for an order.


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CHAPTER III.

THE DEATH OF A POPE.

GOYAU, in his admirable " Gouvernement de I Eglise," gives a most impressive picture of the death of a Pope. The aged man, who has been next to God on earth, sees his end approaching and whispers to his confessor. The Sacrist brings the Viaticum and Extreme Unction. In his plain costume of black, with a green cord round his hat, he stands out against the violet robes of the prelates. The Cardinal Penitentiary pro nounces the Supreme Absolution : the Penitentiaries of St. Peter s chant in a low voice the penitential psalms : Cardinals and chamberlains throng into the chamber of death. The Pope gives them his blessing, and a few hours afterwards has ceased to breathe.

The Cardinal Secretary of State notifies his death to the members of the Diplomatic Corps, and, with that, his office expires. His appointment was only for the life-time of the Pope. We have seen the all-powerful Cardinal Rampolla, Leo XII I. s Secretary of State, relapse into a simple Arch-Priest of St. Peter s and Prefect of a Congregation. The Vicar-General gives orders, no longer as Vicar-General of the Pope, but as Vicar-General and fudge Ordinary of Rome : during the interregnum the affairs of the diocese of Rome are in his hands : he has the notification of the Pope s death posted on the church doors. The office of Grand


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Penitentiary does not lapse with the Pope s death. As the sardonic (joyau remarks, his office can never stop while there are sinners. The secretaries and employees of the Sacred Congregations continue to apply them selves to their business, though for the time being they do not take orders from their prefects, but from the Sacred College or from the Cardinal Camerlengo. But the office of the Cancelleria, the Dataria, and the Briefs, which last despatches the Pope s letters and favours, are dosed. The Administration for the time being- reverts to the Cardinals, but they do as little as possible : it is not etiquette for fresh business to be inaugurated during the interregnum. As a sign of the sovereign powers which they exercise, they discard the muntclldtu and mozzcttu, or fur-edged cape, with which their rochet is covered during the Pope s life-time. Another sign is that no one is allowed to sit beside them in their carriages : a sort of throne is fitted to the middle of tin- back seat of their carriages like that in the Pope s carriage : another sign is that the devout kneel before them as they would before the Pope.

Of course, it is out of the question that the whole M-venty members of the Sacred College should exer cise the Papal authority during the interregnum. So they depute their powers to a committee of four, three of whom are (-hanged every three days. The fourth, the Cardinal Camerlengo, acts with the committee during the whole time. The Deans of the three orders of Cardinal Bishops, Cardinal Priests, and Cardinal Deacons, form the temporary members of the com mittee for the first three days. They are succeeded by the next in seniority ; the Cardinal Camerlengo, on the other hand, retains his executive functions till the


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election of the Pope. His power is of very ancient origin : from the eleventh century he was head of the Camera Apostolica, and presided over the manage ment of the property of the Holy See and the Papal State ; formerly he was also the Intendant of the Papal Household. But in the fourteenth century he was relieved of this last duty. His power was further reduced in the sixteenth century by the creation of a Papal Secretary of State, and was abolished in con sequence of the rivalries of the Cardinal Camerlengo and the Secretary of State by the reforms of Gregory XVI. and Pius IX. His present duties while the Pope is alive are confined to receiving the oaths of a certain number of Papal functionaries. However, the eleva tion of a Cardinal Camerlengo remains a solemn affair, and the office is made illustrious from its tenure for a year by Leo XII I., then Cardinal Pecci, appointed just in time to show his majestic qualities in the interreg num. And his post was one of extreme difficulty to hold with distinction, for the Papacy had recently been shorn of its splendour by the loss of its temporal power, though, as Goyau points out, what the office lost in splendour it gained in responsibility, for the freedom of election of the new Pope had to be guarded with singular jealousy.*

It is not hard for those who have seen Leo XIII.

  • But this had specially been provided for by the Legge delle Guarentigie of May 13111,

1871 : "When the Papal See is vacant the Cardinals may freely assemble; and the Government will take care that neither the Conclaves nor (Ecumenical Councils are in any way disturbed. No Italian officials may enter the Papal palaces during a Conclave or a Council, unless the Pope, the Conclave, or the Council has given permission, and it shall be forbidden to make domiciliary visits, or to confiscate papers, books or registers in the Papal offices and Congregations, which are exclusively engaged in spiritual work. The Pope shall have full liberty to exercise all the functions of his office, and to post notices belonging to his office on all the Roman church doors." Bishop Nielsen in his " History of the Papacy in the XlXth Century."


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borne on his S edict Gestatoria to the Papal Altar of St. Peter s on occasions of high pomp, to picture the beau tiful dignity with which he carried out the time- honoured function of testing the death of his pre decessor in the Papacy lie wore his nwzzctta of violet and his mantclldta as if the Pope had still been alive, and, lifting the white veil which covered the face of Pius IX., who was born Giovanni Maria Mastai-Fcrrctti, he addressed him, not by the name lie had borne as Pope for thirty-two years, but by his own human name. " Giovanni, Giovanni, Giovanni," called the Camerlengo, and each time struck the dead man s forehead with a little silver hammer. There was no answer : the face remained rigid. The Pope is really dead," he said to his assistants, and the DC Projundis resounded through the chamber.

Then the Maestro della Camera drew the Fisherman s King from the dead Pontiffs linger and delivered it to the Cardinal Camerlengo. Then the Protonotario read the report of these ceremonies the authentication of the death and the delivery of the ring, and the Camer lengo quitted the chamber. The Cardinal no longer before (putting the chamber writes to inform the Roman Senate of the death of the Pope, and to order the great bell of the Capitol to toll. That Senate is not to be confused with the Scuato del Rcgno, tin- Italian Second Chamber. It has ceased to exist except in name. " \Yhcn the boom of this deep sound is heard in Rome," wrote Story, in his " Roba cli Roma," " the world knows that the Pope is no more ; and as it tells its sad news, the other bells in Rome take up the strain."

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escorted by the Swiss Guard. He laid aside his mantel- letta as soon as he had formally determined that the Pope was really dead. On the same evening the Deans of the three Orders joined him on the Committee and the Interregnum Government was established.

In the Anticamera Segreta, on a bed covered with scarlet silk, lay the dead Pope. It had been the custom since the time of Paul IV., the Inquisition Pope, to make an incision in the body of the Pope to take out the entrails, called in inscriptions, pycecordia. This was done, and the pr&cordia, embalmed separately, like the body, were placed in a marble urn and buried in the Crypt of Old St. Peter s near the tombs of the fallen Stuart Princes. The spot chosen had a deep signifi cance, for ever since the days of Sixtus V., who did so much in the way of formulating the constitution and etiquette of the Papacy, and was the first Pope to die in the Quirinal, on August 27th, 1590, the prcecordia of the Popes had been buried in the little church of SS. Vincenzo ed Anastasio, which faces the fountain of Trevi. The custom had arisen from this church being the parish church of the Apostolic Palace of the Quirinal, but the Quirinal was Apostolic no more, and the Crypt of St. Peter s was the proper place for the pracordia of the dead Pontiff. Story gives a highly- picturesque account of the way the disembowelling and embalming were done.

" The penitenzieri Vaticani now wash the body with warm perfumed water, and after twenty-four hours have passed the operation of embalming takes place. This is done under the superintendence of the surgeon of the Pope, and of one of the Apostolic chamber, in presence of a physician of the same chamber, of the


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drchiatro, and of the spc~iale palatine. The prceconiia are separately embalmed, and placed in a sealed vase to be carried to the church of S. Ymcenzo and S. Anas- tasio, in case the Pope die at the Ouinnal, and to the Basilica of St. Peter s if he die at the Vatican. Sixtus V. was the first Pope who died at the Quiriiial, on the 2ji\\ of August, 1590, and his prctcordia were the first to be placed in the church of S. Anastasio.

Before the time of Julius II. the bodies of the dead Popes were not opened and embalmed, it was then the usage to first wash the body with water and sweet herbs, and to shave the beard and head ; then all the apertures were closed up with cotton-wool saturated with myrrh, incense and aloes. The body was then again washed in white wine, heated up with odorous herbs, the throat rilled with aromatic spices, and the nostrils with musk. Finally, the face and hands were rubbed and anointed with balsam.

The washing and embalming being over, the body is dressed in its usual robes of a white cassock, sash with golden tassels, surplice, bishop s gown, red papal cap and stole, and exposed to public view on a funeral couch, under a baldacchino covered with a red coverlet brocaded in gold, and stationed in one of the pontiiical ante-chambers, general!} in that where the Con sistory meet. Four wax candles are lighted round it, and there, guarded by the Swiss and the pcnitcnzicri Vaticani, it remains until the third day after the death, when it is carried to the Sistine Chapel."

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cavalry, mace-bearers with torches, Battistrade and a company of dragoons with four trumpeters, followed by two trumpeters of the Noble Guard, an officer, and four mounted guards, and the Swiss Guard under their Captain with their colours furled. After these came the Masters of Ceremonies in front of a litter drawn by two white mules, surrounded by numerous grooms and bearers in their rich Papal liveries, bearing great lighted torches of white wax. On the litter was the corpse of the dead Pontiff, cap on head. Behind it came the Penitentiaries of St. Peter s, clothed all in white and bearing the same white wax torches. These men, who never ceased to murmur prayers, walked between two lines of the Noble Guard and two lines of the tall Swiss. Then came the Commandant of the Noble Guard, with an escort on horseback, and the chief lay officers of the Holy See, including especially the Cavallerizzo Maggiore, a great Roman noble. The rear was brought up by a train of artillery with their guns, and a company of Carabinieri with their trumpeters.

The dead Pontiff was carried on his litter up that most Royal of staircases, the Scala Regia. At the head the body was taken from the litter and placed on a rich bier to be carried into the Sistine Chapel. " Here it was undressed and invested with the full pontifical robes of red, with shoes, sandals, amitto, camise, cincture, girdle, cross, stole, fanone, under-tunic, dalmatica, gloves, cape, mantle, mitre of silver plates, and ring."

As violet is the colour for mourning in the Roman Church, it is curious that the Pope should be laid out in red, though this is the colour of mourning in the Greek Church certainly. Moroni suggests that it is in honour of the many Popes who suffered martyrdom.


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Pius IX. did not, like- his predecessors, pass the night lying in state in the robes he had worn while alive, in the Sistine Chapel, under the immortal frescoes of Michel Angelo. The Cardinal Camerlengo had fears of the crowd breaking in, and the Italian police taking advantage to force their way in on the plea of sup pressing the disorder.

In the chapel where he lay, Pius IX. was re-decorated with the Papal insignia. A cortege was formed, the Swiss Guards with their halberds, headed by their Captain-Commandant, the Cardinals two and two, and other ecclesiastics with their torches, marched before the Sediarii, who, in their rich scarlet liveries, bore the- bier of the dead Pope as they had borne him on his Scititi (,cstatona while he was alive. The Court and the Famiglia Pontiticia followed. The procession wound along the Loggie of Raffaelle, the Sala Ducale, the Sala Regia, and into St. Peter s by the private entrance near the Sistine Chapel, which opens into the Chapel of the Holy Sacrament in the Cathedral, where its founder, the great Pope Julius II., lies under a plain stone behind the llambovant bron/e tomb of his uncle, Sixtus IV. The iron gates of the chapel were locked, and outside them was a vast throng, for the crowd had been admitted to the Church, kept in order, as it always is now on great occasions in St. Peter s, by the police of the Italian Government. Inside was the whole Chapter of St. Peter s. The Pope was laid out on a little catafalque, with his feet through the railings that the crowd might kiss them. It was then live o clock in the evening, and the body remained there till one the next morning.

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for this, Goyau points out, was the period which the Christians of the Orient observed in the burial of their Patriarchs. The daily feature of the novemdiali is the High Mass in St. Peter s. For six days the celebration is conducted by one Cardinal in the chapel of the Canons : during the last three days it is celebrated before a state catafalque erected in the nave, at which four Cardinals in black copes give absolution. A thousand pounds weight of wax has to be consumed daily in tapers round the catafalque. But the service was not fully carried out at the funeral of Pius IX.

Pius IX. was buried an hour after midnight on the fourtn day of his funeral. The crowd had bidden their final good-bye to their beloved Pope. The gates of St. Peter s were closed ; the Cardinals were drawn up in the chapel of the Holy Sacrament, and the gleam of their torches fell on the dead Pope. The Canons raised the bier on their shoulders, and behind their sad burden the procession formed.

And here I may mention the ceremonies that are laid down for the actual interment of a Pope. The body has to be carried from the chapel of the Holy Sacrament, which opens off the right aisle of St. Peter s to a sort of catacomb niche, in the pier between the Choir Chapel and the Chapel of the Presentation, in the left aisle, in which the body is laid to rest, and where it has to remain for at least twelve months after his death. To lay him in his place of rest the funeral procession has to wind round the cathedral, skirting the statue of St. Peter enthroned on the right hand side of the nave, and the Confession, with its vast bronze baldachin soaring all but a hundred feet into the air, and its nigh a hundred ever-burning golden lamps, to the vast Choir


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Chapel. There the three coffins are laid out. The first is of cypress wood, and amid funeral chants the chap lains and Noble Guards lay their precious burden in it. The Maggiordomo lays three purses in the coffin, containing the medals in gold, silver, and bronze, which have been struck annually during the Pope s reign, and bear his effigv. And then the oldest Cardinal created by the Pope lays at his feet a metal cylinder containing a parchment which gives the history of his pontificate. A white taffeta veil is thrown over his head, another over his hands, a purple one over his breast ; and a shroud of red brocade lined with ermine and fringed with gold is spread over all. The Notary of the Chapter then reads the proems verbal, and the lid is screwed down. From this moment the body is no longer in charge of the Sacred College ; it is transferred to that of the Canons of St. Peter s. Then the two other coffins are called into requisition. One is made of lead and the other of oak. The cypres coffin is deposited in the lead coffin ; the Cardinal Camerleugo, the Maggiordomo, the Arch-Priest of St. Peter s, and the Chapter, all seal it with their arms. An inscription is engraved on the lid of the coffin. That of Pius IX. was very simple. The body of Pius IX., Supreme Pontiff, who lived eighty-five years ; who governed the Universal Church thirty-two years, seven months, and twenty-two davs. He died on the yi\\ of February, 1878."

A cross and the dec-eased Pontiff s arms are always engraved above the epitaph. The lead coffin is then screwed down in the oak coffin. To the left of the Choir Chapel, over a door half-way up a pier, there is a horizontal niche. This is where the Popes are deposited till their own tombs are ready for them, or


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another Pope dies. The Canons are bound upon solemn oaths to produce the body so buried whenever duly called upon to do so.

There is a practical side to this custom : to prepare a worthy monument for a man who has occupied the most venerable position on the earth takes a very long time : in some cases it has taken years ; and it is neces sary that the body shall be treated in the most dignified way, which is happily effected by this regulation.

The necessary machinery for hoisting the coffin into its place is ready, and the moment that it is on its place a mason closes the orifice with a slab of marble, on which simply the Pontiff s name is engraved. Pius IX. lay here three years. Leo XIII., at the end of three years, was still there.

The remainder of the funeral service is conducted, not by the tomb, but by the catafalque in the nave. In fact, at Pius IX. s funeral the last three days of it were celebrated in the Sistine Chapel, and not near the body at all.

The last ceremony of all is when the Segretario dette Lettere Latine pronounces the funeral encomium.

The whole expense of Pius IX. s funeral was under eight hundred pounds. In his will was found a bequest of four hundred crowns for erecting a monument to himself in the exquisite church of S. Lorenzo fuori le Mura, of which he had been Cardinal before his eleva tion. But the simplicity of his wishes, though respected, was not carried into execution. Many thousands of francs were expended on his tomb, and the chapel in which it is contained. It is decorated with the most costly modern mosaics in existence.


CHAl TFR IV. THK KLKCTION OF A POPE.

THE I ope- art- now <!(< ted by tin- Sa< r< d College sitting in what is called a Conclave, derived from the Latin word conclave y whi< h means a room or caL;e that ran be locked uj). Lower down I shall show how rigidly the Cardinal— are locked up during the election. The Popes have been elected by Cardinals in one way or another for more than eight centuries. For it was just before our Norman Conquest that Nicholas IF, without ex- chiding the participation of the Lower clergy and the

Roman peojile, elltlU-ted the election of the Polltitt to

the Cardinal I .i-ho])^.

Los than a quarter of a century afterwards the whole power pa^-rd to the >acred College. I>ut the i^ie.it I ope All xander III., who died in nM, ordained that the Cardinal I riests and ( ardmal Peatons >hould share with the Cardinal Bishops in the election of hi> su< essor. It was he, aNo, who ordained that no election should be valid \vhii h was not ratified by two-thirds of the votes ; this wa> to do away with the curse of anti-popes, which was so destructive to the power of the Church. With a single exception, at the election of Martin V., the Colonna Pope, these two ordinances of Alexander III. have always been observed. But thirty prelates who were not members of the Sacred College took part, as dele-


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gates of the six nations represented at the Council of Constance, with the Sacred College in his election. Every Cardinal, even if excommunicated or under censure, is entitled to vote, unless he has been deposed or formally deprived of his vote by the late Pope, or has resigned his Cardinalate.

The institution of the Conclave dates from the latter part of the thirteenth century. The circumstances are so picturesque that they will always be remembered. An interregnum of two years and nine months had fol lowed upon the death of Clement IV., in 1269. The seventeen Cardinals who were voting might have pro longed it indefinitely if the population of Viterbo had not grown impatient and shut them up in the Papal Palace with nothing to eat and drink but bread and water. The austerity of their confinement was trium phant over their intrigues, says the sardonic Goyau, but he does not mention that the populace were sup ported by Charles of Anjou, who seconded their efforts by taking off part of the roof when this gaol-diet failed to bring the Cardinals to their senses. They resisted for a while, and to show their defiance, dated their letters from the Roofless Palace. Six months after that un conscionable brother of the most saintly king who ever sat on a throne, St. Louis of France, had taken them in hand, the Sacred College gave in and elected Gregory X. The caprice of the populace of Viterbo, says Goyau, became part of the Pontifical Law. By an ordinance of 1274, made by this very Pope Gregory, whose elec tion had been so protracted, the electing Cardinals were subjected to a rigorous seclusion. The hermit s fare was also included in these primitive rules. Gregory X. restricted the Cardinals to a single dish at the end of

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the third day. If they did not conic to an agreement at the end of eight clays they were further restricted to bread and water and a little wine. Time and a Hull of Clement VI. i ;, [2-1352) tempered these last severities, Pius IV., in 1502, Gregory XV., in 1621, and Clement XII., in 1732, codified and defined the existing legislation on the subject. They are quoted, but the real authors of the regulation were Alexander III. and Gregory X. Julius II., when he came to the throne in 1503, made a law annulling an election brought about by bribery. Though Pins III. had reigned for twenty-six days in between, he had the example of Pius s unscrupulous predecessor, the Borgia Pope Alexander VI., before him. Alexander hesitated at nothing ; and only the strong walls of the ("astir of Ostia had saved Julius himself, while Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere, from meeting his end at the hands of the Horgias. His law also excom municated and deprived of their dignities any Cardinals who sold their votes. Paul IV., in I55S, decreed the Greater Excommunication, eternal malediction, and for feiture against any personage, even if he were a king, who began to intrigue, unknown to the existing Pope, with his successor. Hut, on the other hand, nothing prevents a Pope from indicating his wishes as to his successor to the Sacred College. Indeed, this was done after the death of Gregory VII., by several of the Popes in the twelfth century, bv Clement VII. in the sixteenth century, and by Innocent X. and Innocent XI. in the seventeenth. But their recommendations had no legal force, says Goyau, nor did the attempt made by Boni face II. in the sixth century, to appoint a coadjutor who should succeed him, meet with success, though his predecessor, Felix IV., had done it. There has been no


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attempt of the kind since the time of Boniface II., who died in A.D. 532.

The facts about the Papal election upon which Tuker and Malleson, Goyau, Lector, Cigala, and the other authorities are substantially agreed are as follows :

According to the strict letter of the law, any Roman Catholic male is eligible for the Papacy ; John XIX., elected Pope in 1024, and perhaps Hadrian V., elected Pope in 1276, were actually laymen. The Anti-Pope, Felix V., who reigned from 1439-1449, was certainly a layman, for he was Duke of Savoy. In the first eleven centuries of the Papacy deacons and priests were habitually elected Popes ; in fact, up to the end of the ninth century only one bishop was elected Pope, Formosus (891-896).

Gregory VII., the famous Hildebrand, the Pope- maker, the Warwick of the Papacy, the greatest, possibly, of all the Popes, was only a deacon at his election, and an episcopal consecration went with the election.

But since the time of Nicholas II., the last Pope but one before Gregory VII. , there have only been nine Popes who were not already Cardinals.

Since Urban VI., in 1378, only one Pope has been elected who was not a Cardinal, but, on the other hand, there have been a number who had not been consecrated bishops. Pius III., who reigned for less than a month in 1503, and the magnificent Leo X. himself, were only deacons ; while Martin V., the Colonna Pope (1417-1431), Sixtus IV., the vigorous della Rovere Pope (1471-1484), Clement VIII. (1592-1605), the Pope who was sum moned to see St. Peter s tomb when the roof of the vault fell in, Clement XI. (1700-1721), Clement XIV. (1769-

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1774;, Pius VI. (1775-1799). thc P P C who dicd a wandering exile in France, and Gregory XVI. (1831- 1846), who made the new waterfall at Tivoli and was tin- founder of Etruscan studies, were only Cardinal Priests. For the last two or three hundred years, the Popes have generally been of noble birth, but the pn sent Pope is a man of quite humble origin, and Sixtus V., for all his magnificence, was the son of a peasant.

Since the Great Schism, which lasted from 1378 to 1400, all the Popes, except three, Calixtus III., Alex ander VI., and Hadrian VI., have been Italian. The two first, the Horgia Popes, who were Spaniards, were the only exceptions which counted for much, because Hadrian VI., who was a Dutchman of Utrecht, was elected under the influence of Charles V., who was then in the height of his power, and whose tutor he had been, and he only survived his elevation by a year.

Before the Great Schism, numerous foreigners were elected to the Papacy. In Roman and Byzantine times there were twenty-two Oriental Popes, and at one time and another there have been seventeen French men, seven of whom belonged to the period when the Papacy was at Avignon, several Spaniards, several Germans, one Englishman, and one Dutchman. 1 he Canonical law does not stipulate that the Pope should be Italian. In the Middle Ages the elections were often made at the Lateran, and a few times before its destruc tion by Sixtus V., in the sixteenth century, at thc Septizonium the Palace of Septimius Sevcrus on the Palatine which the Popes sometimes used as a summer residence. Occasionally, also, the election would take place at one of the other towns in Italy, like Viterbo, in which the Popes fixed their residence. At one time


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in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries it became the recognized law that the election should take place where the Pope died. But this was traversed by an earlier law, that in case of danger or difficulties the Cardinals might select their own place for the Conclave ; and now, though the election has for such a long and unbroken period been at Rome, it is recognized that as the Pope need not by law be an Italian, so the election need not by law be at Rome. Under Pius VI., the captive of France, a two-thirds majority of the Sacred College was authorized to make almost any modifica tions which might be necessary in the procedure for electing the new Pope, not excluding the ten Con- gregazioni, which should occupy the ten days before the election can begin. Pius VII., under similar cir cumstances, renewed them ; and Pius IX. entertained an even more active fear of interference, at the hands of the new Italian Government. But even had the Italian Government contemplated any such move, they would have been held in check by Bismarck s menacing announcement, that though Germany would not trouble herself about the election, she would reserve to her self the right of deciding if there had been any undue interference. After two previous Bulls, Pius IX., acting, it is thought, very much on the advice of Cardinal Pecci, the future Leo XIII., who had become Cardinal Camerlengo about three weeks before, issued, on October loth, 1877, his famous Consulturi Bull, which relieved the Cardinals from following the regulations about the time, the place, the isolation, and the various ceremonies arising out of the Conclave ; but, on the other hand, kept them bound by the obligation of observing secrecy,


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In this Bull, Pius IX. considers both contingencies, that of the Pope dying away from Rome, and Pope dying at Rome. In the former ease the Dean o the Sacred College, taking the advice of the De an o the other Orders of the Sacred College, and of the Card: Camcrlengo, was to fix the locality of the Cone In the second case the civil magistrates formerly func- Honaries of the Papacv, were to be depri ved of the v.ce they had hitherto had in the matter, and the Cardinals present in Rome were to decide by an absolute majority if the Conclave should be held outside Rome or outside Italv The proceedings were to open as soon as and one more of the Sacred College were present ; if the Conclave was subjected to any violence, , to be dissolved and transferred to some place outside Italv In fact, Pius himself cherished the hope tha it would be held ont.de Italy, but his wishes were no ollowed . a was determined to hold the Conclave he Vatican ; an elaborate set of rules were drawn up clueflv with a view to checking interference f,o tin Government. Briefly, if there was any at cmp at a coup-de-main, the Conclave by the ver> ac intrusion was to be suspended.

According to the constitution of Clement XII, plenary Conxion, have to be held between the t nsfer of the late Pope s body to St. Peter s and

ening of the Conclave, The Dean of the Sacred College presides ; Us secretary acts as registrar, officers It the gate await the orders of the assembly. TheTdeal with such -natters as " the place where the Conclave is to be held," the regulations under which shall be held, the breaking of the Fisherman s Ring taken rom the finger of the dead Pope ; the architect s plans


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for the construction of the " Conclave " i.e., the temporary wooden building in which the Cardinals are hermetically shut up from the outer world while the election is going on; diplomatic messages to the Powers ; the applications to the late Pope, which were under consideration at his death ; the appointment of the doctors, the surgeons, the chemist, the confessor, and the six masters of ceremonies for the Conclave ; the examination by a committee of the secretary and valet chosen by each Cardinal to enter the Conclave with him, so that no improper person might force his way in under this disguise ; the preparation of a diplo matic note ; the reception of ambassadors, and the choice of apartments in the Conclave.

" With the exception," say Tuker and Malleson, " of the Cardinal Chamberlain, the Cardinal Penitentiary, and the ordinary Chaplains and Masters of Ceremonies, all purely Papal offices cease with the death of a Pope, and provisional appointments have therefore to be made to last until the election of a successor. On the day after the death, therefore, the College of Cardinals, or such as are at the time in Rome, assemble in the Hall of the Paramenti, and after reading Gregory X. s rules of Conclave, they proceed with true Italian deliberation to the election of the necessary officers, a task which occupies them for nine days. On the first day they elect two prelates to deliver the funeral oration and the address of congratulation to the future Pope ; and in the old days they likewise appointed the Governor of Rome. On the second day they used to elect all the officers for the city of Rome. On the third, they elect a confessor to attend the Conclave ; on the fourth, two doctors and a surgeon ; on the fifth, a chemist, two


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barbers and their assistants ; on the sixth, they draw lots for their cells during the Conclave, and appoint the six Masters of Ceremonies to be admitted ; on the seventh, the thirty-five servants and servers allowed for manual service ; on the eighth, two Cardinals to receive the names and appoint those admitted ; on the ninth, they elect three Cardinals to superintend the Conclave, and to be responsible for the order, cleanlines and perfect decorum of all thn-e admitted to it. During the whole interval between the death of one Pope and the election of another, the Cardinals wear purple, and during Conclave, a purple soutane and uncovered rochet. Those created by the late Pope wear the rochet without lace. With the exception of the auditors of the Rota, and the Consistorial advocates, all prelates wear black, and rochets without lace, during this interval.

" During the vacancy of the Holy See the Sacred College rules the Church, and possesses jurisdiction wherever, either directly or indirectlv, the Pontiff possessed it. The College mav appoint legates, and mav coin money, bearing the seal of Sede Vacante. I he Swiss C.uard places itself at their disposal, and a detach ment accompanies the Cardinal Camerlmgo to his house, and remains on guard in his anterooms. Kadi Cardinal is provided with a throne, which he occupies

during Conclave."

When the Congregations arc all over, the Cardinals seat themselves round three sides of a square in the Stiln del Consistorio, to receive the Ambassadors. As each Ambassador enters, says Govau, he kneels if he represents a Roman Catholic Court, and makes a deep bow if he represents a Protestant Court. The Cardinals rise and remove their bcrrcttc ; the Ambassador delivers


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the condolences of his Government. Directly he begins to speak, the Dean of the Sacred College invites him to put on his hat, which he does ; as soon as his discourse is ended, he once more removes his hat, and the Car dinals simultaneously raise their berrette. The Dean, in the name of his colleagues, then thanks the visitor and the Government which he represents. After these official speeches the Ambassador converses in a friendly manner with one of the Cardinals, generally a personal friend, and, after a time, takes his leave with the same formalities.

While the ten Congregazioni are going on, the building is being got ready for the Conclave. After the three years interregnum in the election at Viterbo, which resulted in the elevation of Gregory X., in 1271, to the Papal throne, the rules became very strict. The Car dinals had to occupy one huge dormitory without dividing w r alls or curtains, lighted by only a single window. Clement VI., in 1351, allowed them the privacy of curtains. Urban V., who was a Pope at Avignon, substituted for the single dormitory five large chambers, each of which was to accommodate ten Cardinals. As they all opened on the same passage, the corridor of the Conclave, it was sufficient to block up the two ends for the Cardinals to be duly shut up.

In the fifteenth century, the curtains were replaced by movable partitions. " On several occasions," says Goyau, " the elections were held in monasteries ; for these two reasons the Conclave in cells gradually super seded the dormitory Conclaves. Then movable cells were made with numbered pieces, which, when taken down, were kept in the store-rooms of the Vatican ready for emergencies. There were small cells for the secre-


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tarics and valets, while the Cardinals had the luxury of apartments as much as fourteen feet long and ten feet wide. They slept, ate, and saw their visitors in the same room. It was not very convenient or clean, how ever much it may have been in accordance with Apostolic simplicity. The Ouirinal, in which Leo XII., Pius VII., Gregory XVI., and Pius IX. were elected, is far more convenient than the Vatican for this purpose, for it is full of long straight gall* Tie-.

When Pius IX. di.-d live hundred carpenters worked day and night to get the Conclave n-ady. Partitions like those in hoys bedrooms at public schools, which only reach half way up to the ceiling, took the place of cells. Hut it cost the Papal purse fifty-seven thousand francs.

"On the last oi the ten days of the Congrcgazioni, when it is presumed that all the Cardinals who are able to attend will have arrived, tin- Mass of the Holy Spirit, which opens th<- Conclave, should be held in St. Peter s ; and the ( ardinals then listen to a discourse in Latin, as laid down by Gregory XV., from a prelate or other learned ecclesiastic on the situation in the Church, which exhorts the Cardinals to lay aside all their pre-ocrupa- tion and particular preferences in order to have nothing before their eyes but God alone. They are exhorted to give the Church with as little delav as possible a capable Pa-tor, who may be equal to the needs of the tune, chosen according to the Apostolic Constitutions and tin- Decrees of the Councils.

"After this a procession is formed, preceded by the Swiss Guard and an acolyte bearing the Papal cross, and while the great bell of the Basilica tolls three times, the Cardinals pass solemnly into Conclave. At the.


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entrance to the Paolina the soldiers and ecclesiastics turn back, and the door is shut to behind them.

"On each day of the Conclave, the Cardinals say Mass in the Paolina, six additional altars being erected for the purpose."

Goyau gives us a brilliant picture of the election of Leo XIII.

" At 4.30 the Cardinals, after being installed in their cells, returned to the Cappella Paolina to chaunt the Veni Creator. Then they went in procession to the Sistine Chapel. Prince Chigi was introduced, dressed in a close-fitting tunic, with a high Henri IV. collar ; he swore to guard the safety of their Eminences. From the fourteenth century till 1712, the Savelli, and, after them, the Chigi in their turn, from father to son, have been Marshals of the Roman Church and hereditary Wardens of the Conclave. The four officers of the Marshal, the officers of the Swiss and Palatine Guards, and the Papal Gensdarmes took the oath in turn. Then the Camer- lengo took up his position near the Maggiordomo, who was unwell, and took the oath on his behalf. Then the Cardinals, each preceded by a Noble Guard, returned to their cells, but the Camerlengo and the Sub-Dean remained in the Sistine Chapel to receive the oaths of the ecclesiastics who acted as secretaries to the Car dinals, and then went into the Loggie of Raffaelle, in search of the laymen, officers, or domestics, who had been allowed to remain in the Conclave, to swear them in. All, ecclesiastics and laymen alike, pledged them selves not to reveal anything they saw or knew, and not to do anything which would impede the election.

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privilege of being captives. A bell was sounded thrice, and then the Marshal going outside the enclosure closed the two outside locks, and the Camcrlengo closed the two inside locks, and, on both sides of the door, proccs- rcrbaux declared that it was properly closed.

Then the Deans of the Orders and the Camerlengo, accompanied by the Master of the Ceremonies, proceeded by torchlight to every corner of the Conclave, to ascertain that no interloper was concealed in any of them. This was an ordinance of (iregorv XV. Cardinal Peed made this round. lie found no intruder. At all points the Conclave was duly closed. Only sovereign princes visiting the electors have the privilege of entering it. Thus Joseph II. and Leopold of Tuscany entered the Conclave of Clement XIV., and the Elector Palatine entered the Conclave of Pius VI."

Silvagni, in the vivid translation of Mrs. Maclaughlin, gives a characteristically picturesque account of the visit in which Joseph II. asserted his right to enter the Conclave :

Every entrance to the Vatican was closed and care fully kept by the Swiss Guards, and the halberdiers, and carabineers, who were so called from the weapons they carried. Hut, of course, when the Emperor visited the Conclave on the 2ist of March, all the doors flew open before him, and as soon as he had passed the great bronze gates, he was received at the foot of the Scala Regia by Prince Sigismund Chigi, Chief Marshal of the Conclave, and conducted by him into the Sala Regia, where the Cardinals, who were heads of Orders, awaited him. The Emperor, unacquainted with the usual etiquette on such occasions, was walking straight into the apartment, when Cardinal Alessandro Albani


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remarked with a smile that the Emperor aveva rotto di clausura.

11 Joseph instantly apologized and turned to with draw, but was at once prayed to enter.

" I will, at all events, leave my sword/ said the Emperor.

" Rather, Sire, keep it in our defence, promptly replied Cardinal Serbelloni.

" When the Emperor did at last gain admittance to the Conclave, he visited all the cells, the Sistine Chapel, where the scrutiny was taken, and the Paoline Chapel, where six altars had been erected for the Cardinals to celebrate Mass. He also requested an introduction to Cardinal York, the last of the Stuarts, and spoke to him with much sympathy and respect ; and he especially noticed Cardinal Ganganelli in his simple monk s dress, little suspecting that the plain attire was worn by the future Pope of Rome. As he took leave, he expressed his hope that the sitting of the Conclave, however long it might have to be continued, would result in a suitable election, adding, Choose us another Lambertini ; he was a good man and everyone s friend. Then he with drew, after all the Cardinals, with one voice, had im plored his protection for themselves and for the Church.

What Joseph really thought of their parting words may be gathered from a letter he wrote to Vienna after this visit, in which he said :

" These Cardinals swarmed round me with as much impertinent curiosity as any vulgar crowd ever displayed at the sight of an elephant or rhinoceros.

To return to the election of Leo XIII.

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the imprisonment was to last till they had chosen the Pope. The Cardinal Camerlengo was their gaoler. For this same Camerlengo, when he had become Pope, the imprisonment was to last as long as he lived.

Under lock and key were about two hundred and fifty persons. The Sacred College at the death of Pius IX. embraced sixty- four Cardinals. Sixty of them were present. Four of these, created by Gregory XVI., had their apartments decorated in green ; the others, as being created by the dead Pope, had theirs decorated in violet. Fach Cardinal kept a secretary and a valet, and for the general accommodation there were four barbers, a carpenter, a locksmith, a mason, each with an assistant, a glazier, a plumber, two head cooks, four cooks and seven kitchen boys, and twenty-four menservants to perform various duties.

The Sacrist, assisted by three Augustinians and two lay brothers, had the post of Confessor. The Sub- Sacrist performed the duties of cure for the lower orders of the Conclave. There was also a voluntary service. Six Masters of Ceremonies looked after the whole assem blage under the supreme command of the Prefect of the Ceremonies, responsible after the Camerlengo.

The outskirts of the Conclave were under the guard of two personages, the Governor and the Marshal. The Maggiordomo of Pius IX., under the title of Governor of the Conclave, was in charge of the provisioning. In the enclosures he had contrived four towers/ by which the victuals and the official correspondence were intro duced. Prelates and Swiss Guards had the custody of it. The letters intended for the various Cardinals were sent open. The prelates ascertained that they had nothing to do with the election. For the Cardinals


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shut up in the Conclave are forbidden to receive echoes of it from the outside. Papers, however, were freely admitted. For victuals these wickets opened a little, kitchens having been installed inside. In 1878, one did not see the picturesque procession of seneschals and menservants carrying dishes, nor the indiscreet precau tions to which the prelates subjected these dishes to ascertain that no message was concealed in them. As for the Marshal, he was in command of the armed forces of the Vatican ; he carried in a purse of crimson velvet the keys of the outside locks. When the Patriarch of Lisbon presented himself, Prince Chigi, from without, apprised Cardinal Pecci. The Marshal opened the two outside locks ; the Cardinal Cameiiengo opened the two inside locks ; the Patriarch entered and all was closed behind him.

" In the part of the Vatican not included in the Conclave, the Maggiordomo and the Marshal were in authority ; and strangers who wished to go there had either to show a staff with the arms of a Cardinal, or a badge with the effigy of the Camerlengo or the Marshal on it."

I shall tell the rest in my own words. On the morning of the igth. the bell of the Prefect of the Ceremonies sounded three times to call the Cardinals to the Cappella Paolina. They went there wrapped in the great sheets of violet wool, hooked across the breast and terminating in a long train, which form the prescribed vestment for a Conclave. The Sub-Dean administered the com munion to them.

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baldachins had been erected, and sixty-four little tables covered with green or violet stood in front of the seats. In the middle of the square space six other tables had been arranged, upon which the electors were to write their votes. Before the Altar of the Last Judgment a large table was reserved for the examination of the ballots. Quite close there was the open grate in which the ballots were to be burnt, and in a vestry, near the entrance, were kept three white soutanes ready for attiring the new Pope.

Accompanied by their secretaries, the Cardinals seated themselves. They prayed in accordance with the ordinance. Then the Master of the Ceremonies called out, " Extra omncs / " (" All out ! ") He himself had to leave with the secretaries. Then one of the Cardinals bolted the doors, and under the eyes of the Sibyls and the Prophets, the thundering Christ and the gently supplicating Virgin, the electors were left alone .... the free spirit and naked conscience prescribed by (in-gory XV. The election was to take place by in spiration, without previous intent. The Cardinals might elect one of their number by acclaim, " Ego eligo." 1 I nominate such-and-such a Pope."

Several Popes were elected in this way in the six teenth century, but the extra precautions insisted upon by Gregory XV. make this mode of election impracticable. The arrangement by which the Cardinals unanimously came to an agreement to choose a committee from among themselves to select the Pope and determine the conditions for the election is fallen into disuse. The regular method of election is now by ballot, and Gregory XV. ordained that two ballots should be held every day. But before proceeding to describe a ballot


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I must allude to the frequently exercised right of veto enjoyed by the three great Catholic Powers, France, Austria, and Spain unless the events of the present century should have deprived France of the right. The most interesting authority on this subject is the celebrated Cardinal Wiseman in his book, " The Four Last Popes."

The Conclave after the death of Pius commenced in the middle of December, with the observance of the usual forms. At one time it seemed likely to close by the election of Cardinal Giustiniani, when the Court of Spain interposed and prevented it. Allusion has been made to the existence of this privilege, vested more by usage than by any formal act of recognition, at least in three great Catholic Powers. Should two- thirds of the votes centre in any person, he is at once Pope, beyond the reach of any prohibitory declaration. It is, there fore, when the votes seem to be converging towards some one obnoxious, no matter why, to one of those Sovereigns, that his ambassador to the Conclave, him self a Cardinal, by a circular admonishes his colleagues of this feeling in the Court which he represents. This suffices to make them turn in another direction. (See below.)

"Thus in the Conclave preceding the one now before us (i.e., that at which Pius VIII. was elected), Cardinal Severoli was nearly elected, when Cardinal Albani, on behalf of Austria, to which Severoli had been formerly Nuncio, inhibited his election by a note considered far from courteous. And, in like manner, in this Conclave, on the 7th of January, Cardinal Giustiniani received twenty-one votes, the number sufficient for election being twenty-nine, when Cardinal Marco, the Spanish Envoy,

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delicately intimated, first to Giustiniani s nephew, Odes- calchi, then to the Dean, Pacca, that Spain objected to that nomination. Everyone was amazed. Giustiniani had been Nuncio in Spain, and the ground of his exclusion was supposed to be his participation in Leo XII. s appointment of bishops in South America. If so, the object in view was signallv defeated. For the power possessed by the Crown of any country expires by its exercise ; the sting remains behind in the wound. Cardinal Capelkiri had been instrumental, far more than (iiustiniani, in promoting these episcopal nomina tions, and lie united the requisite number of votes, and was Pope.

" Everyone in that Conclave, however, bore witness to the admirable conduct of that excellent and noble Prince on that occasion. 1 have heard Cardinal Weld, and his secretary in Conclave, Bishop Riddell, describe how wretched and pining he looked while the prospect of the Papacy hung before him, for he was scrupulous and tender of conscience to excess ; and how he brightened up and looked like himself again the moment the vision had passed away. Indeed, no sooner had the note of the Spanish lay ambassador, Labrador, been read in his presence by the Dean, than Cardinal diustiniani rose, and, standing in the middle of the chapel, addressed his colleagues. He was tall ; his scanty hair was white with age, his countenance peculiarly mild. His mother was an English lady, and his family are now claiming the Newburgh peerage in Scotland from the Crown. With an unfaltering voice and a natural tone, unaffected by his trying position, the Cardinal said : If I did not know Courts by experience, I should certainly have cause to be surprised at the " exclusion " published by


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the most eminent Dean ; since, far from being able to reproach myself with having given cause of complaint against me to His Catholic Majesty during my nun ciature, I dare congratulate myself with having rendered His Majesty signal service in the difficult circumstances wherein he was placed. He then referred to some proofs of acknowledgment of this fidelity from the Spanish Crown, and continued : I will always cherish the memory of these kindnesses shown me by His Catholic Majesty, and will entertain towards him the most pro found respect ; and, in addition, a most lively interest for all that can regard his welfare, and that of his august family. I will further add, that, of all the benefits con ferred on me by His Majesty, I consider the greatest and most acceptable to me (at least in its effects) to be his having this day closed for me the access to the most sublime dignity of the Pontificate. Knowing, as I do, my great weaknesses, I could not bring myself to foresee that I should ever have to take on myself so heavy a burden, yet these few days back, on seeing that I was thought of for this purpose, my mind has been filled with the bitterest sorrow. To-day I find myself free from my anxiety, I am restored to tranquillity, and I retain only the gratification of knowing that some of my most worthy colleagues have deigned to cast a look on me, and have honoured me with their votes, for which I beg to offer them my eternal and sincerest gratitude.

It may be added that the contingency alluded to by Cardinal Wiseman actually happened at the election of the very next Pontiff, Pius IX., who by the sarcasm of events, after being ineffectually vetoed, reigned longer than any other of the two hundred and sixty-four Popes. Austria put in its veto after he had already obtained the

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requisite two-thirds majority. This was in 1846 ; half a century later Austria was more vigilant and inter posed its veto in time to prevent the election of Cardinal Kampolla, one of the greatest ecclesiastics since the los- of the world-power wielded by the Popes in the Middle Ages.

According to Lector, Goyaii and Cigala, the ballots prepared by the officers of the election are folded in three, and on the top part of the form are printed tin- words /:; r c Cardinalis, and here the Cardinal who is voting writes his name; on the middle is printed: " Elio in summitm I ontificcm I\m. Dm. mcum D.(\int." ( " I elect Cardinal So-and-So to be sovereign Pop< There- the elector writes the name of the candidate for whom he wishes to vote. The bottom part is left empty ; there lie inscribes a device and a number. The top and bottom parts are then folded together, the bottom being over the top, and are fastened with a fancy seal which does not betray the identity of the voter. On the reverse two designs are engraved. In the to]) one is enclosed the word nomcn. meaning that under it on the obverse side will be found the name of the voter ; in the lower is enclosed the word si^)iti y signifying that on the obverse will be found the device of the voter. However transparent the paper may be, these 4 designs prevent it being read through, and preserve the secret of the ballot. The Cardinals deposit their ballots in a gold chalice on the large table before the altar. The electors choose by lot three scrutineers and then three overseers of the sick, who are to go to the cells of any Cardinals who are too ill to leave them, and collect their votes.

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the altar ; he elevates his ballot above the chalice and says, " I call to witness our Lord Christ, who will be my judge, that I give my voice to him whom, after God, I judge worthy to be elected, and that I will do the same at the vote of accession."* The ballot then drops into the chalice. Then the overseers of the sick and then the other Cardinals, in order of their election, advance to the altar, kneel down, take the oath and vote. When the overseers have collected the votes of the sick, the scrutineers set the chalice on the large table and examine it. They can read nothing but the middle part of the ballot ; the seals cover the rest. It is seldom that the first vote gives the necessary two- thirds majority. Unless it does, the second commences immediately. This is in order to transfer the votes of those who have voted for someone who proves to have no chance to one of the Cardinals who have the largest number of votes at the first ballot. Each of the electors at the new ballot has to mark his vote with the same device and number as before ; it is only the middle part of the voting paper which is altered to " Accedo Reverendis, D. meo D. Card. . . . ." which signifies, " I transfer my vote to Cardinal

So-and-So " If any elector wishes to adhere

to his first vote he writes Nemini after this, signifying " I do not wish to transfer my vote to anyone." And this is what the electors do who have voted for a candidate who has received enough votes at the first ballot to give him a chance of being elected. If the votes of accession, combined with those of the first ballot, give any Cardinal his two-thirds majority, a minute verification com mences. The scrutineers, who have preserved the

  • At the election of Pius X. the members of the Sacred College unanimously decided

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ballots of the first vote, by breaking the seals of the lower parts and comparing the devices, establish the faet that the electors \vho by transferring their voles have conferred the election on one of their number, have not already voted for the same name in the first ballot. For a Cardinal is not allowed to vote for the same name both in the first ballot and the \ <>tc t>/ tu ccssicn , since the votes of accession are transferred in order to accumu late the requisite two-thirds majority. The secret ol the ballot remains inviolate. The upper part of the voting paper which contain-, the name of the elector is unsealed in two cases only.

It mav happen that the seals and devices adopted by several Cardinal are so alike that they can hardly be distinguished, and the doubts which then arise as to the correctness ol the transfer of votes cannot be cleared up without opening the top part of the voting paper. In the second place, if the Cardinal who appears to be elected has received exactly two-thirds of the votes and not one more, he i> asked to reveal his number and device, which has to be verified by opening the top part of his paper in order to prove that he has not voted for himself, which would invalidate his majority.*

Three revisers, drawn by lot from the Cardinal Deacons, manage 1 the examination of the ballots, which are then burnt in the grate. Jf the vote is not decisive, a little damj) straw is thrown on the ilames, which causes a thick column of smoke to arise from the chimney, and allows the crowd in the Piaz/a of St. Peter s to know that the Papacy is still vacant. This is the famous sfumata.

  • Cicala says that a Cardinal voting for himself rendeis the 1 allot null, whether his

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If a Pope is elected, they burn the ballots out the straw, and then the crowd outside may linger on without arriving at any conclusion, or come to a wrong conclusion.

On the igth of February, 1878, at the morning sitting, the first ballot, which gave nineteen votes to Cardinal Pecci, was invalidated by certain irregularities : so that it was impossible to apply the necessary vote to it. At the later sitting, the first ballot gave twenty-six votes to Cardinal Pecci ; at the accessory ballot eight votes were added. At the morning sitting of the 20th, in the first ballot he received fifty-four votes. The requisite two-thirds majority in his favour had been exceeded.

The baldachins of the Cardinals are fitted with an ingenious hinge-arrangement, which enables them to be folded up in an instant. Those of all the other Cardinals at once disappeared, as a token that the interregnum had elapsed from that moment. In this manner Leo XIII. became Pope.

With the two other heads of Orders, the Sub-Dean approached him, and inquired : " Dost thou accept thy election to the Sovereign Pontificate, made in accordance with the canonical rules ? : To which the Cardinal Camerlengo replied : " Since God wishes that I should assume the Pontificate, I am unable to say nay."

Then he was asked what name he wished to take. For since the year 955 A.D., when the young Octavian, Patrician of Rome, assumed with the Pontificate the name of John XII., it has been the custom of all Popes, except Hadrian VI. and Marcellus II., to change their Christian name on their accession.

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name of Leo on account of the respect and gratitude which I have always held for Leo XII., and the devotion which I have had from my youth for St. Leo the Great."

Upon this the new Pope was conducted first to the altar, and then to the vestry, where he was given the Pontifical vestments, and one of the three white soutanes of different sizes, which are prepared in advance, so as to fit any Pope approximately while his own is being made. When he re-entered the chapel his throne was ready for him before the altar on the Gospel side. Ik- seated himself on it, and the Cardinals throwing them selves on their knees, kissed his hand and received his embrace.

This was the first obedience. Then the Dean of the Order of Cardinal Deacons proceeded to the balcony of St. Peter s, and, addressing the crowd, said : " I have to announce to yon a great joy. We have for Pope the most eminent Cardinal Joachim Pecci, who has assumed the name of Leo XIII."

Immediately the bells of Rome sounded, but there was one ominous change the cannon of the Castle of Sant Angelo no longer thundered the salute to the election of a Pope as they did in the old days before 1870.

At four o clock the gates of St. Peter s were opened, and Leo XIII., appearing in the Loggia of Paul V., had the inside window which gives on the basilica opened. He bestowed his blessing upon the city and the world, urbi d orbi. Every preceding Pope, for many a year, had shown himself on the outside balcony of the loggia from which his eyes commanded and swept the Eternal City. Leo XIII., says Goyau, with one of his happy epigrams, desired his eyes as well as his person to be captive. Up to 1870, four times a year the Pope used



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to bless the city and the universe : twice, on Holy Thurs day and Easter Day, at St. Peter s ; once, on Ascension Day, at the Lateran ; and once, on the Day of the Assump tion, at S. Maria Maggiore. These traditions, in the language of the Papal diplomacy, are suspended, with out being forgotten, for the present. Leo XIII., on regaining the Sistine Chapel, re-assumed his episcopal insignia, and seated himself upon his throne by the altar, whereupon for the second time the stately train of Cardinals knelt before him.

This was the second obedience.

Until the Italians conquered Rome, as the Romans had conquered Italy more than two thousand years before, the new Pope used to proceed to St. Peter s and seat himself at the Altar of the Confessio and receive for a third time the homage of the Sacred College.

But it was in the Sistine, on the morning of the 2ist, that the old order changed, giving place to new, and the third obedience was paid to Leo XIII.

If Leo XIII., like Gregory XVI., who was a Camal- dolese monk, had never received his consecration as a bishop, it would have been conferred upon him by the Cardinal Bishop of Ostia, but Leo did not require it, for he had already been a bishop for thirty-four years- The famous Cardinal Wiseman has left us a description of the Ordination of Gregory XVI. after he had been elected Pope : " The ceremony of his coronation, which took place on the 6th, was enhanced by his consecration as Bishop, at the High Altar of St. Peter s. This func tion served clearly to exhibit the concurrence in his person of two different orders of ecclesiastical power. From the moment of his acceptance of the Papal


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dignity, ho was Supreme Head of the Church, could decree, rule, name, or depose bishops, and exercise every duty of Pontifical jurisdiction. But he could not ordain, nor consecrate, till lie had himself received the imposition of hands from other bishops, inferior to himself, and holding under and from him their sees and jurisdiction.

"On a previous occasion, when Clement XIV. was named Pope, he received episcopal consecration sepa- ratelv from hi> coronation, (iregory united the two functions, but, following a still older precedent, departed from ordinary forms.

" In the Roman Pontifical, the rite prescribed for episcopal consecration is interwoven with the Mass, during which the new Bishop occupies a very subor dinate place till the end, when he is enthroned, and pronounces his first episcopal benediction. Here the entire rite preceded the Mass, which was sung in the usual form by the new Pope. Like- every other Bishop, he recited, kneeling before the altar, and in presence of his clergy, the Profession of Faith, the bond which here united the Head with the Body, instead of being, as ordinarily, the link which binds a member to the Head."

On account of the exceptional conditions of the Church at the moment, the (\i\\ilciita, or procession in state to take possession of the Lateran, which used to conclude the Accession of the Popes, was omitted. Tuker and Malleson give an excellent account of it.

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was one of the greatest ever seen in the city. The whole College of Cardinals awaited the Pope in the portico of the Lateran, vested in white. The Piazza was lined with the civic guard, and the Pope was received by the chief Senator of Rome. Detachments of all the Papal regiments formed part of the procession, which started from the Vatican (or from the Quirinal), cannon being fired as the Pope left the Palace. All the camerieri segreti, ecclesiastics and laymen, attended, and the Governor of Rome (always a prelate) rode on horseback attired in lace and purple. The Pope s crocifero bore the Papal Crozier ; the great officers of State followed the Pope, attended by servants on foot in gala liveries. A brigade of the Palatine Guard and a body of dragoons closed the gorgeous procession. Money was scattered among the poor, and pensions bestowed on poor students of painting, sculpture and architecture. The last Pope to ride to the Lateran was Clement XIV. Pius VIII. drove in a coach drawn by six horses, his white mule being led."

Of all the solemnities which completed the election only one was retained, the coronation.

It is from the day on which they assume the tiara, and not from the day on which they are elected, that the Popes, since the eleventh century, have dated their Pontificates. As a token they generally issued their proclamations in the form of Briefs, not Bulls, until this ceremony was performed. In theory, however, their authority received no increase from their corona tion, which conferred only its insignia, the tiara dis tinguished by three crowns and worn by the Popes since the thirteenth century. It was on the 3rd of March, 1878, that Leo XIII. assumed his tiara. The


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ceremony had not taken place, as formerly, in the Loggia of St. Peter s, but in the Vatican Palace.

In the Sala Ducale the Cardinals for the fourth time paid their obedience.

When these ceremonies used to be performed in St. Peter s, the throne on which the Pope received their homage was erected under the portico just in front of the Porta Santa, which is only opened in the Jubilee years. Then the cortege repaired to the Sistine Chapel, and before Leo XIII., borne on the .SV</M iy.s7<//c>; M, an official thrice over burnt wisp> of tow on the end oi a staff. " Holy Father," said he, " thus passes the glory of the world." The old ritual demanded that at the moment of conferring on the Pope the insignia of supreme greatness he should be reminded of the vanitv ol glory . In the Sistine Chapel, Leo XIII. celebrated the Mass with a complex and intensely symbolical service. Alter the Confitcor he re-ascended the Sctiiti, and the Dean of the Order of Cardinal I)eacon> handed him the little scarf of wool, which is called the Pallium, saying, " Receive thou the Sacred Pallium, the fullm >> t the Pontifical Office, for the honour of Almighty (iod, and the most glorious Virgin Mary, His Mother, and the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and the Floly Roman Church."

On the 24th of January every year at the Church of S. Agnese fuori le Mura there is a blessing of two white lambs, without spot or blemish, presented by the Canons of the Lateran, the premier church of Chris tendom, which is one of the most picturesque functions in Rome. Their wool is shorn for weaving into pallia. These are deposited in the Golden Casket made by Benvenuto Cellini, which is kept in the Confessio of St. Peter s above the Apostle s Tomb, and are used










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for sending by the Pope to Patriarchs, Archbishops, and even Bishops.

" The pallium/ say Tuker and Malleson, " is a long strip of lamb s wool, worn round the neck, and signifies the fullness of episcopal office. As signifying the plenitude of jurisdiction, the pallium is sent by the Pope to Archbishops and Metropolitans, who must, however, first demand it. Vigilius sent it to Auxanius of Aries as to one acting in our stead. Pelagius to another Bishop of Aries as Vicarius noster. Gregory the Great sent it to many Bishops, including Augustin of Canterbury.

" Pallia are kept in the Benvenuto Cellini gold coffer at the Confession of S. Peter in the Vatican basilica. They are always called Pallia de cor pore sancti Petri, because they come from his tomb, just as the branded, or cloths lowered to touch Peter s sarcophagus and kept as relics, were called de corpore, from the body of Peter. The pallium is blest on the Altar of the Con fession, and then remains there, as we see ; but the old usage was to leave the pallium there on the night after the blessing, and then it was kept on Peter s chair until this latter was enclosed. The pallium is always blest on the day of St. Peter s death June 29th.

" For it has been assumed that the pallium represents the archaic custom of handing down the upper garment, the mantle, of the teacher to his disciples and successors, as Elisha received that of Elijah, and as the Patriarch of Constantinople when fully vested wore the venerable cloak of St. James, the brother of the Lord. But the most striking instance is that of the Patriarch of Alexandria, who, having buried his predecessor with his own hands, used to take the pallium or mantle of


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5. Mark, and place it on his own shoulders, which act constituted legitimate occupation of his office, a custom found in Alexandria from the sixth century."

Only the Pope can assume the pallium as his right.

Fnveloped in the pallium, Leo XIII. mounted to the Pontifical throne, and the Cardinals passed before him, paying the fifth and last obedience.

This was followed by the chanting of the 1 Litanies,

Hear us, () Christ," intoned by the Cardinal Deacon.

The other Cardinals replied, " Long life to our Lord Leo,

established by (iod as Sovereign Pontiff and Lniversal

Pope."

Following the antique formulary the Cardinal Deacon invoked in succession the Saviour of the World thrice, Mary twice, and, after them, several Saints, the choir each time responding, Help thou him." The Lpistle and (iospel were chanted first in Latin by the Deacons of the Occident, and then in (ireek by the Deacon— of the Orient, enveloped in their dalmatics. The words of Christ are given in the language of the two Churches at the Coronation Mass to typify the way in which the chair of the Apostle in the tribune of St. Peter s is supported by the Fathers of the two Churches. After the Agnus Dei, Leo XIII. mounted his throne, the Sub- Deacon presented to him the Host, the Deacon pre sented to him the chalice, and the Pope detached two morsels from the Body of Christ and administered the Communion to his two assistants and then Com municated himself. At the end of this Mass, the Pope seated himself, and was crowned with the tiara by the Dean of the Cardinal Deacons. " Receive the tiara adorned with three crowns, and know that thou art the Father of Princes and Kings, the Rector of the


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Universe, the Vicar of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who possesses honour and glory from century to century. Amen."

The benediction, pronounced by Leo XIII., terminated the solemnity.

I have given the account of the election of Leo XIII., as described by Lector, Goyau, and other authorities, at considerable length because it was conducted on the strict lines of Conclave etiquette as laid down by Gregory XV. Radical changes were made at the Con clave that resulted in the election of Pius X., which has been admirably described by the Abbe Cigala. The chief difference was that the Vote of Accession was abolished.

At the first vote, taken on the ist of August, thirteen Cardinals received votes. It was noticed that the whole College seemed nervous and highly strung, which is not extraordinary, for of the Cardinals who had voted at the previous Conclave, all were dead except the Cardinal Camerlengo, Cardinal Oreglia. At the first ballot Cardinal Rampolla, the dead Pope s Secretary of State, easily headed the poll with twenty-four votes, Cardinal Gotti being second with seventeen votes, and Cardinal Sarto, Patriarch of Venice, third, with five votes, only one ahead of Cardinal Serafino Vannutelli, who had four votes. Cardinal Oreglia had two ; the Cardinal Librarian had two ; the Cardinal Pro-Datario had two, and six other Cardinals had one each.

As no candidate had received the requisite two- thirds majority, the Cardinal Camerlengo declared the ballot void. The scrutineers made a packet of the votes, and, tying them with red silk twist, handed them to the junior Cardinal Deacon, who, assisted by the


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Secretary of the Sacred College, Monsignor Merry del \"al, threw them into the little stove placed at the entrance of the Sistine Chapel, and added some damp straw and burnt them in the traditional way. A thick smoke the Sfumata rose above the Vatican, informing

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the Romans that the Pope was not vet made.

\o one experts the first ballot to be successful, for, as the Cardinals are all under oath to go into the Con clave without any preconceived opinion, and are especially precluded from making any arrangements for a Pope s successor during his life-time, it takes them some little time to see who ought to be elected. Until the last Conclave it was customary, if the first ballot proved unsuccessful, to use the \ otc of Accession in all the succeeding ballots in the manner described above. But now the electors unanimously resolved to abolish the Vote of Accession in order to give them selves longer time for reflection.

At the second vote on the ist of August, the votes were still scattered, but less widely. Cardinal Rampolla had now increased his vote to twenty-nine ; Cardinal (iotti had lost one vote; Cardinal Vannutelli had lost three of his four votes ; but Cardinal Sarto had doubled his from five to ten. It was characteristic of him that he went out, praying the electors not to think of him any more, to pass the whole night in prayer.

The morning vote of the 2nd of August was still un certain. Cardinal Rampolla retained his twenty-nine votes, but Cardinal Sarto had again doubled his, and more ; he now had twenty-one votes, while Cardinal Gotti had dropped from sixteen to nine. At this moment came a most dramatic change. Cardinal Puzyna Kniaz de Kozielsko, the Austrian Archbishop of Cracow, who


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brought a mandate from the Emperor of Austria, con sidered that the time had come for him to declare his Note, " that a Candidate with political habits so pro nounced would be ill-received in the Austro-Hungarian Empire." The Cardinal, addressing the Sacred College in Latin, did not mention any name, and did not deliver any veto, but the allusion was too evident.*

" Cardinal Rampolla gravely rose without losing for an instant his usual calm, and, in Latin, as incisive as the blows of a hammer, replied : Vehementer doleo de gravi vulnere illato Ecclesiae libertati ; quod autem ad me attinet, nihil gratius, nihil jucundius accidere poterat. ( I am terribly grieved at the severe wound dealt to the liberty of the Church, but as regards myself nothing more welcome, or agreeable could happen ). The whole Sacred College approved of the masterly declaration of the Cardinal Secretary. Accordingly, at the evening ballot Cardinal Rampolla s vote rose from twenty-nine to thirty, but at the same time Cardinal Sarto s rose from twenty-one to twenty-four. When he left the Sistine Chapel, the Patriarch, terrified by the responsibilities which threatened to be his, went to the Pauline Chapel, and, before the Altar of the Holy Sacra ment, passed several hours in weeping.

" When he got back to his cell he found it full of his colleagues, who came to beg him not to refuse the burden, the consensus of votes obtained without pre- arrangement, was it not a sign in itself from Provi dence ? Cardinal Satolli, the eminent theologian, with the ascendency which his knowledge gave him, repeated to him the words used by Our Lord to St. Peter when He was walking on the waters : Ego sum, nolite timer e !

  • The present Pope has abolished the right of veto. Any Cardinal bringing a

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It is I, be not afraid ! ;. Then the Cardinal added, smiling, God ( who lias helped you to direct the goii lola of St. Mark so well, will help you to command tin- ship of St. Peter. On August }rd, at the morning ballot, Cardinal Sarto headed the list for the first time, witli twenty-seven votes ; Cardinal Rampolla had now only twenty-four, and Cardinal Ciotti, whose vote had fallen to three at the last ballot, found himself with nine. At the evening ballot Sarto had thirty-live votes ; Rampolla sixteen ; and (iotti seven. On the fourth dav Cardinal Sarto s vote rose to fiftv, eight

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over the necessary two-thirds. Cardinal Rampolla s votes had fallen to ten, and (iotti s to two."

When Cardinal Ma>tai-Fenvt 1 1 Pins IX. was elected he threw himseli on hi— knee> before the Sacred College 1 , and begged hi- colleagues with all his soul to spare his feebleness ; he pleaded with tears hi> inexperience of affair-, his dread of iv-pon^ibilitv, hi> age, his health ; and such was his emotion that he fainted. Cardinal Sarto Pius X., also swooned when he learnt of his election. Cardinal Pecci v l.eo XIII. , on the other hand, at the Conclave of iSjS, had listened without emotion to the repetition of his name. Three ballots were sufficient for his election, whereas it took seven to elect Pius X.

One formality remained, to examine the ballot papers to see that he had not voted for himself, since that render- a ballot null. When the ballot was opened it bore witness to his chivalry : he had voted for his most formidable competitor, Cardinal Rampolla.

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throne of the Pontiff-elect and asked him in the words of the ritual : " Accept asnc eledionem de te canonice factam in Summum Pontificem ? " ("Dost thou accept the election canonically made of thyself to be Supreme Pontiff ? ") Sarto bowed his head and answered : " Accepto in crucem" ("I accept it as a cross"), and added, addressing the Cardinals, " I trust that you will assist me to bear it."

Then the Cardinal Dean put the next question to him : " Quo nomine vis in posterum vocari ? " (" Under what name wilt thou be addressed for the future ? ") The new Pope, moved to tears, reflected an instant, then, proudly raising his head, replied, Pius Decimus >: (" Pius X.").

He had his own chamberlain to robe him, and the latter was so upset that he could hardly put on his master the Pope s white garments. When the Pope was putting on the little white calotta, or skull cap, which is the badge of the Pontificate, he handed his Cardinal s red calotta to Monsignor Merry del Val.

Cardinal Oreglia then handed the Pope his Fisher man s Ring the symbol that the office of Pope had been revived, that the Church had ceased to be a widow, and announced that the temporary sovereignty of the Sacred College had ended, and his own office lapsed.

The first duty of the new Pope is usually to appoint a new Cardinal Camerlengo. Pius X. at once re- appointed Cardinal Oreglia.

I need not describe again the " obediences " performed by the Cardinals. Suddenly there was a cry of joy ; the Romans had correctly interpreted the clear and quickly-rising smoke. Abbe Cigala gives a brilliant word picture of the Piazza at this moment, afire with

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excitement, a blaze of colour with its masses of soldiers in plumes shoulder knots, and scarves en grand c tennc, and Ecclesiastics of various Orders, and women in their summer glory for an August morning.

Then lie describes how the great window over the portico of St. Peter s was Hung open, and servants in crimson liveries hung out a great spread of white satin edged with red velvet and decorated with the lions of Pius IX. It was still a quarter of an hour short of noon, and the people gazed and gazed for the Pope to appear. Meanwhile, the architect of the Conclave was breaking down the walling-up of the door between the Sala kegia and the Leonine Chapel, from which tins window opens, since the Conclave was at an end. Just at noon the Colonel down in the Piazza below thundered out the " j. resent arms," and there appeared, not the Pope, but the Dean of the Order of Cardinal Deacons, who cried in a sonorous voice in Latin: Aimuntio vobis gauclium magnum: habemus Papam Kniinenti^imum ac Reverendissimum Cardinalem Josephum Sarto : qui sibi nomen imposuit Pium Decimum "I give you tidings of great joy; we have a Pope the most eminent and reverend Cardinal Joseph Sarto who has taken upon himself the name <>l Pius X.) It was characteristic of the Pope that when the time came for him to bless the city and the world from the Gallery in St. Peter s, he was as impatient as the crowd so as not to keep them waiting. He wished to go straight to them instead of receiving the high dignitaries and ambassadors who were awaiting him at the door. The procession was headed by the crux hastata, the spear-headed Papal Cross. It is said that there were a hundred thousand people in the vast


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Cathedral ; and most of them felt that they were seeing something more than human when the San Pietrini drew aside the rich damask hangings of the balcony to give them as clear a view as possible of the venerable figure with its snow-white hair and snow-white garments, not only venerable as Pope, but with a name lovely and of good report throughout the length and breadth of Italy. The Pope first took a long look at the statue of St. Peter ; then he slowly lifted his hand, and with a voice as clear as a trumpet, began to intone, " Blessed be the Name of the Lord," to which a hundred thousand voices replied, " from now and henceforth for ever more." Still louder grew the voice of the Pope, " Our help is in the Name of the Lord," and the voices of the people rolled back, " who made heaven and earth." Then the Pope raised the hand with the Fisherman s Ring, and three times made the sign of the Cross, turning to the four corners of the earth, to the words, " God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, bless you." And when the crowd had given its deep and heart felt " Amen," the first benediction urbi ct orbi was complete.

I need not describe how the Pope received the homage of the various dignitaries. The Conclave soon emptied itself with the exception of one Cardinal, the octogenarian Spanish Bishop of Valencia, who lay dying. The Pope, as soon as he had made his adieux to the others, went to administer the Last Consolation to him. The wave of exaltation that swept over the aged man at being the first to receive this office from the new Pope, restored his vitality, and three days afterwards he was sufficiently cured to leave the Conclave. It is easy to picture the joy of the faithful, who saw in this a miracle and an omen.


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CHAPTER V.

I I IV. COLLKGK OF CARDINALS.

WHAT is a Cardinal ? asks the " Koine " of Misses Tuker and Malleson, the l)est English writers on the subject ; who are also the authors of the admirable Handbook to Christian and luvloiastical Rome," publir-hed in three volumes bv Messrs. A. and C. Black. And the reply is that " Cardinals therefore are the honorary parish clergy of Rome, nominally holding the place of the presbyters of the Roman titles and of the deacons of the Roman regions ; and though a foreign Cardinal cannot, of course, be also a local parish priest in Rome, he is bound to appoint a Vicar 1 to represent him. The six Suburban Sees arc- always held by MX of the senior Cardinals di Cut-id that is, the Cardinals iv-idt nt in Rome, among whom is always the Pope s Cardinal Vicar- and they are called the Cardinal Bishops. Cardinal Priests are usually in priest s orders."

There is a saying that the Pope creates the Cardinals and the Cardinals create the Pope. The latter part of the epigram alludes, of course, to the fact that the Pope is elected by the College of Cardinals, and Leo XIII. reigned so long (about a quarter of a century), that he was almost able to repeat the Biblical epigram of one of his predecessors, who said, with an allusion to St. John


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xv., 16,* " You have not elected me, but I have elected you." At the time of Leo XIII. s death, as Tuker and Malleson point out, the only surviving Cardinal of Pius IX. s creation was the Cardinal Camerlengo, Cardinal Oreglia.

The epigram points also to the fact that the sole power of creating Cardinals rests in the Pope. The Secret Consistory, which he convenes for their nomina tion, never vetoes a nomination, and is not supposed even to suggest one. The Pope has even the power of creating Cardinals at these Consistories whose names he does not disclose until some future occasion. These prelates draw their Cardinal s salary from the moment of their secret creation ; but if the Pope should die without confirming their title to the Consistory, they cannot take part in the election of the new Pope, nor can they claim confirmation from his successor. They are called Cardinals in petto, i.e., created in pectore in the breast of the Pope.

The Cardinals are said to create the Pope because when a Pope dies his successor is elected by the Sacred College. The number of Cardinals was fixed at seventy by Sixtus V., who drew up their present constitution. But the titles conferring Cardinalates are seventy-five in number. Only once has a Pope, Innocent X., left the College full at his death. There are nominally six Cardinal Bishops, fifty Cardinal Priests, and fourteen Cardinal Deacons. Tuker and Malleson inform us that the Pope s College of Cardinals, which comprise his curia or council, are the modern representatives of the ancient parish priests of Rome : that at first the archi-diaconus,

  • "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should

go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain : that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you."


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or chief deacon, was called the diaconus cardinalistha.t is, the deacon upon whom everything hinged ; and that later, when two deacons were appointed to each region of the city, the senior of each region was called Car- dinalis ; and that similarly the head Presbyter of each of the ancient titles or parishes of Rome was called the Prcslivter Cardinnlis.

The Cardinal Bishops are the bishops of the six- Suburban Sets round Rome. The Bishop of Ostia has always had precedence ; and it is he who has always had the privilege of ordaining as bishops the Popes who did not already enjoy that rank at the time of their election. The six Cardinal Bishops are :

1. The Bishop of Ostia and Velletri, Dean of the Sacred College "Cardinal Oreglia\ Cardinal Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church, Abate Commendatario of SS. Yincenzo ed Anastasio alle tre Fontane, Arch- Chancellor of the Roman University, Prefect of the S. Congregazione Cerimonialc ; b. 1828 ; cr. 1873.

2. The Bishop of Porto and S. Rufma - Cardinal Seraiino Yannutelli), Sub-Dean of the Sacred College, Secretary of the Holy Roman and Universal Inquisi tion, and Grand Penitentiary ; b. 1834 ; cr. 1887.

3. Bishop of Albano (Cardinal Agliardi), Viee- Chancellor of the Holy Roman Church, and Com mendatario of S. Lorenzo in Damaso ; b. 1832 ; cr. 1896.

4. Bishop of Palestrina (Vincenzo Vannutelli), Com mendatario di S. Silvestro in Capite ; Arch-Priest of the Basilica Patriarchale Liberiana (S. Maria Maggiore), Prefect of the S. Congregazione del Concilio, brother of the above ; b. 1836 ; cr. (1889 in petto) 1890.

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Prefect of the S. Congregazione degli Studi ; b. 1839 ; cr. 1895.

6. Bishop of Sabina (Cardinal Cassetta), Commenda- tario dei SS. Vito, Modesto e Crescenzia; b. 1841 ; cr. 1899.

THE ORDER OF CARDINAL PRIESTS.

1. Cardinal Neto (Portuguese), Patriarch of Lisbon ; b. 1841 ; cr. 1884. Title, SS. XII. Apostoli.

2. Cardinal Capecelatro (Italian), Archbishop of Capua; b. 1824; cr. 1885. Title, S. Maria del Popolo. Librarian of the Vatican Library.

3. Cardinal Moran (Irish), Archbishop of Sydney ; b. 1830 ; cr. 1885. Title, S. Susanna.

4. Cardinal Gibbons (American), Archbishop of Balti more ; b. 1834 ; cr. 1886 Title, S. Maria in Trastevere.

5. Cardinal Rampolla (del Tindaro) (Sicilian), Arch- Priest of the Patriarchal Basilica Vaticana (St. Peter s), Prefect of the S. Congregazione of the R. Fabbrica di S. Pietro, Grand Prior in Rome of the Sacred and Sovereign Order of the Knights of Jerusalem ; b. 1843 ; cr. 1887. Title S. Cecilia.

6. Cardinal Richard (French), Archbishop of Paris ; b. 1819 ; cr. 1889. Title, S. Maria in Via.

7. Cardinal Gruscha (Austrian), Archbishop of Vienna ; b. 1820 ; cr. 1891. Title S. Maria degli Angeli.

8. Cardinal di Pietro (Italian), Cardinal Pro-Datario ; b. 1828 ; cr. 1893. Title, S. Lorenzo in Lucina.

9. Cardinal Logue (Irish), Archbishop of Armagh ; b. 1840 ; cr. 1893. Title, S. Maria della Pace.

10. Cardinal Vaszary (Hungarian) (Benedictine), Archbishop of Strigonia ; b. 1832 ; cr. 1893. Title, SS. Silvestro e Martino ai Monti.


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11. Cardinal Kopp (German), Bishop of Breslau ; b. 1837 ; cr. 1893. Title, S. Agnese fuori le Mnra.

12. Cardinal Leeot (French), Archbishop of Bordeaux ; b. 1831 ; cr. 1893. Title, S. Pudenziana.

i,;. Cardinal Sancha y Hervas (Spanish), Archbishop of Toledo and Patriarch of the \Yest Indies ; b. 1833 ; cr. 1894. Title S. Pictro in Montorio.

14. Cardinal Svampa Italian , Archbishop of Bologna ; b. 1851 ; cr. 1894. Title, S. Onofrio.

15. Cardinal Ferrari Italian , Archbishop of Milan; b. 1850 ; <T. 180,4. Title, S. Anastasia.

if). Cardinal Gotti Italian) (Carmelite Order), Pre fect-General of the S. Congregazione de Propaganda Fide ; b. 1834 ; cr. 1895. Title, S. Maria della Scala.

17. Cardinal Casanas y Page s Spanish), Bishop of Bar celona ; b. 1834 ; cr. 1895. Title, SS. Oniriro e C.iulitta.

iN. Cardinal I-Yrrata (Italian), Prefect of the S. Congregazione de Vescovi e Rrgolari and that of the Disciplina Regolare ; b. 1847; cr. 1896. Title, S. Prisca.

19. Cardinal Cretoni (Italian), Prefect of the S. Con gregazione dei Sacri Riti ; b. 1833 ; cr. 1896. Title, S.M. Sopra Minerva.

jo. Cardinal Frisco (Italian), Archbishop of Naples ; b. i8jh ; cr. 1896. Title, S. Sisto (formerly Cardinal Deacon of S. Caesareo.)

21. Cardinal Martin de Herrera y de la Iglesia (Spanish), Archbishop of Compostella ; b. 1835 ; cr. 1897 . Title, S. Maria Transpontina.

22. Cardinal Coullie (French), Archbishop of Lyons b. 1829 ; cr. 1897. Title, SS. Trinita al Monte Pincio.

23. Cardinal del Drago (Italian) ; b. 1838 ; cr. 1899. Title, S. Maria della Vittoria.



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24. Cardinal Sanminiatelli (Italian) ; b. 1840 ; cr. 1899. Title, SS. Marcellino e Pietro.

25. Cardinal Portanova (Italian), Archbishop of Reggio di Calabria ; b. 1845 ; cr. 1899. Title, S. Clemente.

26. Cardinal Nava (Sicilian), Archbishop of Catania ; b. 1839 ; cr. 1899. Title, SS. Giovanni e Paolo.

27. Cardinal Mathieu (French) ; b. 1839 ; cr. 1899. Title, S. Sabina.

28. Cardinal Respighi (Italian), Vicar-General of the Pope, President of the S. Congregazione Visita Apostolica, Prefect of the Congregazione della Residenza dei Vescovi ; b. 1843 ; cr. 1899. Title, SS. Quattro Coronati.

29. Cardinal Richelmy (Italian), Archbishop of Turin ; b. 1850 ; cr. 1899. Title, S. Eusebio.

30. Cardinal Martinelli (Italian) ; b. 1848 ; cr. 1901. Title, S. Agostino.

31. Cardinal Gennari (Italian) ; b. 1839 ; cr. 1901. Title, S. Marcello.

32. Cardinal Skrbensky (Bohemian), Archbishop of Prague ; b. 1863 ; cr. 1901. Title, S. Stefano al Monte Celio.

33. Cardinal Boschi (Italian), Archbishop of Ferrara ; b. 1838 ; cr. 1901. Title, S. Lorenzo in Panisperna.

34. Cardinal Puzyna de Kozielsko (Pole), Arch bishop of Cracow ; b. 1842 ; cr. 1901. Title, SS. Vitale Gervasio e Protasio.

35. Cardinal Bacilieri (Italian), Bishop of Verona ; b. 1842 ; cr. 1901. Title, S. Bartolomeo all Isola.

36. Cardinal Nocella (Italian) ; b. 1826 ; cr. 1903. Title, S. Calisto.

37. Cardinal Cavicchioni (Italian) ; b. 1836 ; cr. 1903. Title, S. Maria in Aracceli,


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38. Cardinal Taliani (Italian) ; b. 1838 ; or. 1903. Title, S. Bernardo alle Terme.

39. Cardinal Katschthaler German), Archbishop of Salzburg; b. 1832; cr. 10,03. Title, S. Tomaso in Parione.

40. Cardinal I : ischer < ierman\ Archbishop of Cologne ; b. 1840 ; cr. 1903. Title, SS. Xereo < Achilleo.

41. Cardinal Merry del Yal ^born in London), the Pope s Secretary of State, Prefect of the Congregazione Lauretana, Prefect of the S. S. P. P. A. A. ; b. 1865 ; cr. [903. Title, S. Prassede.

42. Cardinal Arcaverde de Albuquerque Cavalcanti (Brazilian), Archbishop of S. Sebastiano ; b. 1850 ; cr. 1905. Title, SS. Bonifacio ed Alessio.

43. Cardinal Sainassa (Hungarian), Archbishop of Agria ; b. 1828 ; cr. 1905.

THK ORDKK OF CARDINAL DEACONS.

Cardinal Macchi, Secretary of the Briefs of the Pope, (irand Chancellor of the Pontifical Orders of Knight hood, Administrator Apostolic of the Abbey of Subiaco ; b. 1832 ; cr. iSSq. Deacon of S. M. in Via Lata.

Cardinal Steinhuber (German) (Jesuit), Prefect of the S. Congregazione of the Index ; b. 1825 ; cr. 1893. Deacon of S. Agata alia Suburra.

Cardinal Segna (Italian), Prefect of the Vatican Archives ; b. 1836 ; cr. 1894. Deacon of S. Maria in Portico.

Cardinal Delia Volpe (Italian), Prefect of the Economia of the S. Congregazione de Propaganda Fide, President of the Azienda Generale delle Reverenda Camera degli Spogli ; b. 1844 ; cr. in petto 1899, proclaimed 1901. Deacon of S. Maria in Aquiro.


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Cardinal Vives y Tuto (Spanish) (Capuchin) ; b. 1854 ; cr. 1899. Deacon of S. Adriano.

Cardinal Tripepi (Italian), Prefect of the S. Congrega- zione delle Indulgenze e Sacre Reliquie, Pro-Prefect of the Congregazione dei Sacri Riti ; b. 1836 ; cr. 1901. Deacon of S. Maria in Domnica.

Cardinal Cavagnio (Italian); b. 1841; cr. 1901. Deacon of S. Maria ad Marty res (The Pantheon).

Cardinal de Cagiano de Azevedo (Italian) ; b. 1845 ; cr. 1905. Deacon of SS. Cosmo e Damiano.

The following titles of Cardinal Priests are at present vacant.

S. Balbina, SS. Andrea e Gregorio al Monte Celio, S. Marco, S. Giovanni a Porta Latina, S. Crisogono, S. Girolamo degli Schiavoni, S. Maria Nuova e S. Francesca al Foro Romano, S. Pancrazio, S. Croce in Gerusalemme, S. Pietro in Vincoli.

The vacant Deaconries are :

S. Nicola in Carcere, S. Giorgio in Velabro, S. Angelo in Pescheria, S. Caesareo in Palatio, S. Eustachio, S. Maria in Cosmedin.

There are therefore thirteen vacant hats. The office of Secretary to the Sacred College is at present vacant ; there are also a secretary-substitute, a secretary-sub- stitute-minutante, an accountant, an archivist, and an historian.

Up to the reign of Sixtus V., there were seven Cardinal Bishops, sixteen Cardinal Deacons, but only twenty- eight Cardinal Priests.

Every detail about the Sacred College has an historical foundation, and is full of significance. We may take this for granted, though it is not easy to define or under stand. The two distant Cardinals whose archbishoprics


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are in Australia and America are represented in their " titles/ i.e., their titular churches, by their portraits since thev can seldom be in Rome.

Cardinal Bishops are first mentioned at the Council of Rome held bv Stephen III. in 769 ; there were seven of them then. The privilege of consecrating to the episcopacy any Pope who was not already a bishop has always belonged to the Bishop of Ostia, who ranks first since the time of S. Augustine. The order of Cardinal Bishops goes ba^k at any rate as far as Con stant ine s Decree on the peace of the Church, and probably earlier. The acts of the Council of Pope Symachus, A.D. .}<)0, and that of Gregory the Great, A.I). 5<)5, both enumerate the titles then twenty-five in number. Th>- e iiUa! features of these titles or parities was that they were situated away from the pa<_ r au Mtes and monuments so as not to cause ill- feeling ; with the single exception of that of S. Anas- tasia, situated at the foot of the Palatine. But when the Cardinal Deafoiiri-s were established, in the seventh century or earlier, the Church changed its policy and established them at the chief pagan sites. A chapel was attached to each deaconrv.

The deacon who presided over the beueiice was called the Cardinal Deacon. A Cardinal Deacon sometimes becomes a Cardinal Priest ; and a Cardinal Priest be comes a Cardinal Bishop. Cardinal Frisco, Archbishop of Naples, who is now Cardinal Priest of S. Sisto, was formerly Cardinal Deacon of S. Caesareo. The Cardinal Priests also sometimes change their titles. Cardinal Capecelatro, the Librarian of the Vatican, changed from the title of SS. Nereo e Achilleo to the title of S. Maria del Popolo ; and Cardinal di Pietro, Pro-Datario,


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changed from the title of SS. Bonifacio ed Alessio to the title of S. Lorenzo in Lucina.

In the Middle Ages the appointment to a " title " or a deaconry carried the Cardinalate along with it ; but nowadays a Cardinal has to be especially created by the Pope ; and his name has to be submitted to the Secret Consistory, though the ratification is, as I have said, never refused.

There is one office which carries with it the ex-oificio right of being created a Cardinal that of the Patriarch of Lisbon, in virtue of a grant of Clement XII. And there are several offices whose holders are customarily created Cardinals when they have completed their term, such as those of the Assessor of the Holy Office, the Secretary of the Sacred College, the Secretary of the Congregation of the Council, the Secretary of the Con gregation of Bishops and Regulars, the Maggiordomo, the Vice-Camerlengo, the Uditore, and the treasurer of the Camera Apostolica, with the Nuncios to Paris, Vienna, Madrid, and Lisbon.

Since the College of Cardinals represents the Universal Church, it is bound to contain many foreign prelates ; and their number is on the increase. In Gregory XIV. s time there were only eight ; but more than fifty of the hundred and three Cardinals created by Pius IX. were foreigners. When he died, twenty-five of the Sacred College who elected Leo XIII. were foreigners, and the number has since increased.

In the Middle Ages the term Cardinal was not con fined to the dignitaries of the Church at Rome ; there were certain benefices in distant cities, even London, which carried with them Cardinalates.

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the Tuker and Malleson " Rome," reside in Rome,

and form the Papal Curia, or administrative Council of

the Church, with the entree at all times to the Vatican.

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lions, the Congregation of Rites, of the Inquisition, the Index, the Bishops and Regulars, etc., through which all ecclesiastical affairs are administered. Cardinals di curia receive a sum of twenty-four thousand francs a year, or lc- than one thousand pounds. A special stipend is also added for Ihe work done as members of the various Congregations."

Their position before 1870 was, however," as Tuker and Malleson point out, " a very different one. Then they enjoyed large incomes, and their comings and goings were attended with a certain measure of regal state ; and in the preceding centuries, when the Hat was often conferred, like any other secular dis tinction, on mere youths and on laymen, their wealth, and the luxury and magnificence of their style of living, was unsurpassed in Rome, while the power and position of some Cardinal nephew or relative of the Pope was second only to his own."

It may be noted that the generation which has witnessed the loss of income of the Cardinals, has also witnessed the loss of property, chiefly through a mania for building speculation of a large number of the princely families founded by former Popes, so that the old splendour of Roman life, with its state carriages and great retinues of gorgeous servants, has passed away.

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one at the same time. And there have been Consistories where only one was created.

In theory there is no limit to age. Leo X., then Giovanni de Medici, became a Cardinal at seven years old. But these very youthful Cardinals are, as a matter of practice, confined to Royal houses, and the Council of Trent enjoined that they should be created with extreme rarity. At present there are none. The youngest member of the Sacred College is Cardinal Merry del Val, the Cardinal Secretary of State, who is forty-one.

The ceremony of nominating a Cardinal, as given by Goyau, is a picturesque one. There is a Secret Con sistory which consists of the Sacred College presided over by the Pope. No one else may be present unless he be a Sovereign. On the eve of the day fixed by the Pope, the Head of the Cur sores Apostolici, as the special messengers of the Vatican are designated, kneels at the feet of the Pope and says : " Health, and long life, O Holy Father. Will there be a Con sistory to-morrow ? " The Pope answers that there will be ; and appoints an hour. Then the Cur sores go to the various Cardinals to deliver the news. At the hour appointed the Cardinals assemble in a hall in the Vatican. On a dais is the throne of crimson damask reserved for the Pope. He enters with the prelates of his suite. Then the Keeper of the Con sistory cries : "All leave." When the Pope and the Cardinals are left alone the former delivers an address. Sometimes he enjoins secrecy upon his illus trious audience, but generally the result is communicated to the Press. At the close of the address he names the persons whom he wishes to elevate to the Purple, and,

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as a survival of the time when the Cardinals had a voice in the election, he demands, " Quid vobis videtnr ? " What is your decision ? " Silently they lay down their red silk caps, rise-, and bow. This is the form for expressing their consent. " By the authority of God Almighty," resumes the Pope, " and that of the Apostles, Peter and Paul, and our own, we create the following Cardinals." And sometimes lie adds, " We create also so many Cardjnals, whose names we retain in pectore, to be proclaimed at our own discretion." These, as I have explained above, are the Cardinals /// petto.

There is another kind of Secret Consistory for the Preconization i.e., proclamation,, of bishops. But that dots not concern us here.

After their election the new Cardinals residing at Rome receive three visits. One is from the office of Secretary of State, bringing the notice of their election ; the second is from the Cancelleria, bringing a decree of the Consistory ; and a third is from a master of cere monies, announcing the day and hour at which the Pope will bestow the berretta a kind of cap. The foreign Cardinals receive in general, on the actual day of the Consistory, a Noble duard, who brings them the red calotta (another kind of cap) ; and a prelate, called the Ablcgutc, who brings the red berretta. The Pope presents the new Italian Cardinals with the red berretta, and the rochet,* and puts the violet mozzetta (a short

  • The rochet i.-> a short while surplice with tight sleeves, adorned \\iih lace, and is the

proper vestment of l>ishops, prelates, and canons. It is imposed by the Tope on new Cardinals, patriarchs, archbishops, and bishops, alter the Secret Consistory. Il is not a sacred vestment. Cardinals, bUhops, and other prelates wear ii under the manteUctta, or under the cappa nia^na (Tuker and Malleson s " Handbook to Christian and Ecclesiastical Rome "). The same authors in their large book on " Rome," which -Messrs. A. and C. Black have published with Alberto Pisa s beautiful pictures, give an excellent word- picture of the Cardinal as he appears to-day. "It is fondly believed by the tourist,


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cape edged with fur) on them in the Sala del Trono, surrounded by his Cardinals.

When the new Cardinals are living away from Rome but belong to Catholic States having relation with the Vatican, the head of their State hands the berrctta to them. The ceremony is the occasion of an exchange of compliments between the Monarch or President on the one side, and the Ablegate and the Cardinals on the other. Generally when a Catholic nation has relations with the Vatican, its Government negotiates for the advancement of a particular prelate to the Cardinalate.

The new Cardinals, after being decorated with the calotta and the berretta, have to receive the hat, which is bestowed upon them in a public Consistory. On penalty of their election lapsing, the Cardinals at a distance from Rome have to present themselves within a year to receive their hat. It is in the Sala Regia of the Vatican that the ceremony takes place. Formerly

who will go any distance as a rule, and push through any crowd for a. sight of the scarlet clothes, that a Cardinal habitually lives in robes of red silk, with a white fur tippet round his shoulders. As a matter of fact his red robes are for state occasions only either for attendance at the Papal Court or for great Church functions. He wears a plain black cassock in ordinary life with a red sash and red buttons and silk pipings, and thus cannot be easily distinguished from other prelates whose silk trimmings vary with every shade from crimson to purple. The state robes of scarlet are very splendid indeed. The soutane of light scarlet cloth has a train ; over this is worn the white rochet trimmed with deep lace, and over this again the cappa i/iagna, a voluminous cloak of red watered silk, with a single opening for the head. It is gathered up to the elbows in front, and floats behind into an ample train, which is carried by pages or acolytes. The stockings, gloves, skull cap, and berretta are of scarlet. The cappa magna has a hood pointed behind and forming a sort of shoulder cape in front, which in the winter months is covered with white ermine.

" At social receptions the Cardinal wears his black soutane and red sash, and over it a flowing scarlet silk cloak from the shoulder. If the occasion is an important one he is received at the palace gates by two servants with lighted torches, and these accompany him up the stairs to the door of the salon and there await his departure, when they escort him to his carriage again. When in this gala attire, a cardinal wears as an out door wrap a gorgeous cloth cloak with many capes of purple and deep red, and a red priest s hat, around which is twisted a red and gold cord finished with minute tassels, the requisite fifteen in number."

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the new Porporati, as they are called, from the purple which is no longer their real colour, used to ride through the streets on gaily caparisoned palfreys in their scarlet robes and hats. They were escorted by bands of ecclesiastics and grooms, mounted and unmounted ; and as they passed guns were fired and bells were rung, as they still arc in Sicily when a great saint s procession, like that of S. Agata at Catania, is in progress. The Ambassador- to the Holv See, the Roman aristocracy, and a certain number of spectators are admitted. At the end of the room a throne is erected for the Pope, with a canopy of violet silk worked with gold wire. He is surrounded with a superb tapestry, upon which Religion, standing between Justice and Charity, sets her feet on the world ; and two lions unfold the Standard of the Church, with the tiara and the cross-keys on a red ground. Right and left of the Pope two benches extend, upon which the old C;mlin;ds take their places, in very un equal numbers, because both the Cardinal Bishops and Cardinal Priests li fly-six in number go on the right, while the Cardinal Deacons, who go on the left, are only fourteen in number. At the opening of the Consistory they approach the throne and kiss the Pope s hand. Accedant," cries the Master of Ceremonies. (" Let them advance." This is addressed to the advocates of the Consistory and the Secretary of the Congregazionc dci Riti. They advance, and one of the advocates reads a petition in Latin about some canonization or beatifi cation which is desired ; a relic of the times when all the business of the Church was managed in Consistory. The gaps in the ceremony are filled up with more state ments about canonizations and beatifications. After a few minutes the Master of the Ceremonies, at a sign


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from the Pope, interrupts the reading, and dismisses the advocates. Immediately a space is cleared before the throne, and the most recently created Cardinals rise and go to the Sistine Chapel for their new colleagues. While they are away the advocate s reading is resumed. In the Sistine Chapel, a little before the opening of the Consistory, the new Cardinals are met by the deans of the three Orders of Cardinal Bishops, Cardinal Priests, and Cardinal Deacons, with the Cardinal Camerlengo, and in their presence take various oaths, laid down by Julius II., S. Pius V., Sixtus V., and Gregory XV., that they will be faithful to the Pope ; that they will help to defend, preserve, or reconquer from all men the Roman See, and the property of St. Peter ; that they will not permit nor desire the infringement or alienation of towns and territories of the Papal States. The four old Cardinals then quit the Sistine Chapel, leaving the new Cardinals " in the presence of God and their oaths/ says Goyau, who draws attention to the fact that the Papal States no longer exist, but that the retention of the form is due to deliberate policy. The Cardinals are then conducted by the older Cardinals, who come to introduce them, to the Sala Regia. Each advances to\vards the Pope between two older Cardinals. The advocate and his assistants, who have been reading aloud the approaching canonizations, are at once dismissed. Each new Cardinal makes three reverences and kisses first the foot and then the hand of the Pope ; and then receives a double embrace. He then makes a circuit all round the benches upon which the existing members of the Sacred College are seated. He exchanges a double embrace with every one of the Cardinals as he passes them. The new members then take their places on the


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( animals benches. Tlic advocates are summoned for a third tinir to read tlie proccs about canonizations ; and the Pope refers them to the Congrcgazionc dci Sacri Riti, alter which the consistorial advocates retire for good.

1 h 1 two senior Cardinal Deacons then take up their positions at the- Pontifical Throne, and their new col leagues advance, and the Pope says : " For the glory of Almighty (iod, and the adornment of the Apostolic See, receive thou the red hat, the principal insignia of the dignity of Cardinal. It is a sign that even to the shedding of thine own blood for the exaltation of the Holy Faith, and the peace and quiet of the Christian World, and the increase and preservation of the Roman Church, thou must show thyself without fear." When he has said this the hood of his (<//>/></ miigiKi is drawn over the head of the new Cardinal by the two Masters ot Ceremonies ; and the Pope places on it a head-dress, .Inch is handed to him by the Ma.ugiordoiiio, and which is the sign of his office. It consists of a scarlet cloth, folded in scarlet silk, with scarlet tassels (iiocchi), which should be fifteen in number, and cords. The words of the Pope explain what the colour symbolises. 1 he brims are large, the shape is circular; it has a ilat effect, and hardly any crown, but it used to have a conical crown and was habitually worn with the scarlet robes, over the drawn-up hoods of the cappa. Later, in certain solemn processions, the Cardinals wore it slung on the hood of their cape. The Pontifical hat rests on the Cardinal s head for a few seconds after the Consistory ; it will rest on his feet on the bed of state on which his body will be laid ; it will adorn his bier, and, suspended from the roof of the church, will rest above his sepulchre.


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"It is only at his death/ says Goyau, grimly, " that a Cardinal begins to get any use out of his hat."

When the newly-elected Cardinals have been invested with their hats the public Consistory work is finished. The Pope rises and gives his blessing to the Sacred College, and departs to his apartments with his cross of state, his Cardinals, and his Bishops.

When they arrive there it is usual for the new Cardinals to make brief speeches of thanks, and then the whole Sacred College returns to the Sistine Chapel, where the new Cardinals prostrate themselves before the Altar, and there is a short service, with an oration by the Dean of the Sacred College. There is another Secret Con sistory which generally begins at once in another chamber. It is here that the Pope, addressing the new wearers of the purple in the presence of the rest of the Sacred College, says : " Your mouths are closed so that neither in Consistory nor at any other function may you offer advice." Immediately after he reopens their mouths and places a ring on the finger of each, for which pay ment has to be made to the Propaganda. He then assigns each a title or a deaconry, and the ceremony of installation is at an end. The word purple, Goyau explains, is an archaism ; the Cardinals have not worn purple for many centuries. Their vestments are scarlet. In costume, as well as in origin and functions, the Cardinal Bishops, Cardinal Priests, and Cardinal Deacons of the Middle Ages differed from those of the present day. The scarlet hat dates from the time of Innocent IV., in 1245. The scarlet calotta and berretta date from the time of Paul II. (1464-1471).

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possession of his titular church, and in old days this was another occasion for pomp and display, and the Pope s (aiards attended in full dress uniform. Now the Cardinal drives quietly in his sombre closed carriage. At the church door he is divested of his cloth cloak and hat, and in Mowing scarlet silk he walks up the nave be stowing benedictions on all sides. He seats himself on his throne in the chancel, and the vicar of the parish reads to him an address in Latin, to which he replies ; he is then saluted by all the clcrgv of the parish in t Ill- order of their precedence, ending with the acolytes, and the taking possession is over, lie must, houever, present the church with his portrait painted in oils, which is hung with that of the reigning Pope in the nave ; and with a large escutcheon of his heraldic coat, em blazoned in colour and Mirmounted by the red hat and tassels, which is placed over the main entrance to the building, and which, side by M(le with the Papal arms, is the outward and visible sign of a titular church." Cardinals who live at a distance from Rome have to appoint a vicar to take their place at the Title-Church.

Before the Italians occupied Rome, and still more in the eighteenth century, the Cardinals lived in princely style and splendour. In their servants antechamber the Papal Gensdarmes stood on guard. Above an altar, covered with scarlet cloth, under a canopy, were dis played the Cardinal s arms in scarlet, and a violet cushion and two state umbrellas. The cushions were carried by the suite of the Cardinal when he took part in a ceremony ; the umbrellas were held over the carriage and protected his Eminence when he descended from his carriage, or went on foot to follow the Viaticum. The second antechamber was reserved for his secre-


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tary ; in the third, called the anti-camera Nobile, his berretta was laid on a credence at the foot of a crucifix. Then came the throne room, draped in scarlet, where, under a baldachin of scarlet silk, were to be found a portrait of the reigning Pope, and the throne, which was an arm-chair covered with scarlet silk, turned to the wall. It was there that the Cardinal received the visits of the Pope. When the Pope died the throne was turned round, and the Cardinal had a right to use it himself till a new Pope was elected the theory being that during the interregnum the whole College of Cardinals reigned. There was a time when there were sixteen offices in a Cardinal s household, which in the old, old days sometimes numbered several hundred persons,* though this was very much curtailed long before the fatal year 1870. The most picturesque personage in his household was the Gentiluomo, who attended him in his carriage when he drove out, and paid and received visits for him. He wore, on state occasions, the Elizabethan costume, the black velvet tunic and breeches, the ruff and ruffles, the rapier, and the silk stockings which one still sees in St. Peter s when the Pope goes to a great function like a Jubilee or a canonization. To-day, says Goyau, with his grim humour, the Cardinals antechambers are more in conformity with their original conception. The Pope no longer visits the throne room ; there are no Papal Gensdarmes in the ante-

  • In 1527, according to Lanciani, " The Golden Days of the Renaissance in Rome,"

Cardinal Farnese had 306 bocche or mouths feeding at his expense ; Cardinal Cesarini, 275; Cardinal Orsini, 200; Cardinal del Monte, 200; Cardinal Cybo, 192; Cardinal Pucci, 190; Cardinal Ridolfi, 180 ; Cardinal Piccolomini, 180; Cardinal de Cupis, 150; Cardinal Rangoni 150; Cardinal Campeggi, 130; Cardinal della Valle, 130; Cardinal Pisani, 130; Cardinal Armellini, 130; Cardinal Scaramuccia Trivulzio, 103; Cardinal Accolti, 100 ; Cardinal Erkenfort, 100 ; Cardinal Jacobacci, 80 ; Cardinal Cesi, 80; Cardinal Numalio, 60 ; and Cardinal de Vio, 45. Clement VII. was feeding 700 mouths.


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chamber, for, outride the Vatican precincts, to wear the uniform of a Papal (ieii-darme is an offence punishable with imprisonment. Tin- scarlet silk umbrella is no lon- T held over the pompous equipages of a Cardinal and hi- >uite ; the equipages have ceased to be pompous, kxcept on the occasion of SCUM great Church ceremonv which is not complete without the presence of a Cardinal, whose very presence creates a " function," one hardlv e\ er sec S a ( ardinal in Rome, lint on the roads out side Rome as twilight approaches, one often meets a strange procession an ecclesiastic dressed in black, wearing unostentatiously on his hat a twisted braid of red and iM ld. A leu pacts behind him is a servant ; a fi-w pace> further hack a closed carriage drawn at a slow pace bv two black horses. 1 his i> the way that the (ardinal of to-dav is compelled to take his walk, lie mav not set foot on the Around inside Rome, and enters his jealouslv closed carriage before he passes into the city. The political circumstances, and the loss of in come ot the >acred College, have sinmilarlv simplified the existence of the Princes of the Church. It is not possible to live like a Cardinal of the old regime on twenty-four thousand francs a year. P>ut th -v remain Princes," and " Most Kmineiit." I rban \T 1 1 . con ferred this title upon them in io>o. They have an escutcheon adorned with the- arms of their family, or their order if they have one , or a conventional device if they have neither.

Once they treated Kings as equals, and called them, " my dear cousin " ; and they still take precedence of Bishops and Archbishops, and even of Patriarchs a privilege conferred upon them at the Council of Lyons in 12.45.


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Tn France the famous decree of Messidor conferred upon them the right of taking their place in public ceremonies immediately after the French Princes and chief dignitaries, and before the ministers and chief officers of the Empire. Nous avons change tout cela." The Princes have been wanting in France for many a year, and what of the Cardinals in this year of grace !


CHAPTER VI.

ON Till-: DITIES OF THE PAPAL SECRETARY OF

STATE AND HIS PREDECESSOR. THE

CARDINAL NLPII1AY.

THK office of Papal Secretary uf Matt dates iroin the fifteenth centurv. Popes in the Middle Ages had no need of one ; they did not discuss or negotiate : they made proclamations and issued commands. Hut from the fifteenth or, at any rate, the sixteenth century, they have had to struggle for existence among the other Italian potentates, instead of for the supremacy of the world.

When it became necessary to introduce diplomacy into the affairs of the Church, there was need of a new oitieial to cnndurt it. Hut for the first century and a half of the new period the>e duties were generally per formed by a Cardinal Nephew, (loyau, with sardonic wit, remarks that, as certain Popes of the preceding age made their nephews rich, Pius IV., (Gregory XIII., and Sixtus V., made their nephews work. This second variety of nepotism is unjustly assailed : these Popes did not exploit the Church for the benefit of their families, but exploited their families for the benefit of the Church ; S. Carlo Horromeo, the nephew of Pius IV., was an ascetic and a saint.

Everyone who visits the exquisite Pavilion of Pius IV. in the Vatican Gardens, is told anecdotes about Pius IV. being compelled by S. Carlo Borromeo to give up his


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delightful parties of learned and brilliant people, for which he built this pleasure house, to hold committees with his Cardinals. Perhaps it would be truer to say that his Cardinal Nephew made him work, than vice versa ; saints in families are not always comfortable things.

There was some reason for the Cardinal Nephew also being called the Cardinale padrone.

Silvagni, in his brilliant " La Corte e la Societa Romana nei secoli XVIII. e XIX.," admirably translated by Mrs. Frances Maclaughlin, says : " One social abuse there was which had gradually grown up within the Church until, at the beginning of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, it assumed gigantic proportions. This was personified in the Cardinal Nephew, as he was called, who was, in fact, frequently a, son of the Pope, and, after him, the most important personage about the Vatican. This Cardinal Nephew bore the title of Cardinale padrone ; he had many secretaries under him ; he wrote confidential communications to Princes and Nuncios in the name of His Holiness ; he signed all appointments of Governors, Podestas, Bargelli, and other state officials ; he issued special Bulls and Briefs, and acted, in fact, very much as the Prime Minister of the Vatican.

No one appeared at all surprised at this arrange ment. It had continued so long that it had come to be taken as quite a matter of course, and was so thoroughly recognized by the people, that, when a Pope at last arose who brought forward no Cardinal Nephew upon whom honours might be showered, he was looked down upon and despised, as a stupid man, to neglect such a golden opportunity of providing for his house.


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The Cardinal Secretary of State came next in rank, but he was usually little more than a well-paid mentor of the Cardinal padrone"

In 1602 there were printed at Vicen/a what purported to be the instructions of Sixtus V. to his nephew, Cardinal Mmitaltn. It is not certain if they are genuine, but whether they are genuine or not, (iovau considers that they represent the situation exactly. They laid down that Cardinals allied by ties of blood to the Pop- 1 naturallv occupied a greater position in the community than others. rhey were a priori the persons whom tin 1 Pope would tru>t, and therefore they were the obvious channels for any important affairs which had to be submitted to the Holy See. The Envoys of Princes, whether accredited as permanent representatives in Rome, or sent there on speeial missions, naturally went t<> them. In brief, it was through them that the Pope K arnt the de>ins and needs of all Christendom.

It was to them that the Nuncios at foreign courts and other officers of the Holy See reported; they managed its uliairs ; through them posts and benefices were geiierallv conferred. And, what was of much more importance, through them the Cardinals were appointed. The cynical dovau says that it was through them that the Pope made known his thoughts and distributed his favours, and that their assistance, more than any thing else, gave him the strength to bear the heavy burden of the pontificate.

From his Cardinal Nephew, Sixtus V., according to the instructions, required a good deal. ". . . Absolute devotion to the objects proposed by the Pope ; sufficient means to live with splendour and dignity ; a marked discretion in choice of friends, clients, and employees ;


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uncompromising defiance of those who were indiscreet or treacherous who are, as the Pope observed, a pestilen tial class of servants ; a blending of gravity and suavity of manner ; much care in the selection of expressions ; perfect knowledge of the workings of the Holy See, of the Roman nobility and of all parties in history ; an intimate familiarity with foreign affairs drawn from reading, conversations, even from theatrical representa tions in which foreign manners are put upon the stage ; benevolent approachability, especially to the poor, the weaker sex, the religious, and the unfortunate ; a great respect for justice, which ought to be superior to in fluence ; an elevation of view which takes in the whole state of the entire body of the Christian Common wealth ; a certain tact in preparing for the conversations which he has to hold with the Pope. . . . managing to be brief, to commence the interview with ease and agreeable topics ; a certain boldness in reply if the Pope inclines to an unjust decision ; sufficient persuasive ness to work in objections and contrive to adjourn the decree, if the Pope inclines towards a vexatious decision ; and, lastly, a pious assiduity in invoking the Holy Spirit."

From being the Pope s confidential assistant, the Cardinal Nephew, by force of circumstances, rapidly developed into a high official in the Papal administra tion. As early as 1621,* Cavaliere Lunadoro, who was a member of the household of Cardinal Cinzio Aido- brandini, Cardinal Nephew of Clement VIII., in his book on the Court of Rome, laid down that the Pope s secretary is always the Cardinal Nephew, who has many secretaries under him. The highest, the Secretaries

  • According to Silvagni this was published at Venice in 1664,


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of State, divide between them the Nunciatures and the Provinces ; and among them is one Cypher-Secretary. During all that time the title of Secretary of State was reserved for subordinates. The Cardinal Minister was called Secretary of the Pope and Superintendent-General of the Kcdesiastical State. Later on he was called the Secretary of State, and the title of Cardinal Nephew passed out of use definitely.

From the time that Innocent XII., in 160,2, abolished the custom of associating the Pope s nephew in the power of his uncle, up to the nineteenth century, the Cardinal Camerlengo had extensive political powers even during the life-time of the Pope. But between him and the Secretary of State there were disastrous rivalries ; and he was, in addition, the Pope s man, personally chosen. HI- was a sort of agent of the Sovereign, and, at that time, instead of his powers commencing when the Pope died, he lost them at the death of the Pontiff, and went back to the position of simple Cardinal. The Secretary of State, on the other hand, was regarded as the representative of the Sacn-d College, over which he had the right to preside from the moment of the Pope s decease. In the time of Pius VII. the rivalries between the Cardinal Camerlengo and the Secretary ol State became so aggravated that Gregory XVI. deprived the office of Camerlengo of its political prerogatives, and created a second Secretary of State, for Home affairs. Now that the Home affairs of tin- Papacy are confined to the administration of the Vatican there is once more only one Secretary of State.

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important acts of the Papal Curia. He exercises an office, says Goyau, in his epigrammatic way, which imposes certain duties upon him, and he occupies a post of which the requirements are less definite. His office makes him the wielder of the Pope s diplomacy ; his post makes him the alter ego of the Pope, and he is constantly associated with him in all kinds of affairs which are not strictly diplomatic. There are, as is generally known, a good many Ambassadors and Envoys at Rome, accredited to the Holy See by foreign countries, in addition to those who represent their countries at the Court of Italy.

In fact, until quite recently, Great Britain and the United States were the only important exceptions, but now France must be added to the number. To most of these countries the Pope sent a Nuncio in return, but the one case is not dependent upon the other, for Holland, which sends no Envoy to the Holy See, receives a Nuncio ; and Russia and Prussia and the Principality of Monaco receive no Nuncio, though they send an Envoy themselves. But since a minor German State, which sends an Envoy of its own, receives a Nuncio, there must obviously be some political reason which prevents the Pope sending a Nuncio to Berlin and St. Petersburg.

Pius VI. had occasion to define the status of the Nuncio, because certain German Prelates, such as the Archbishop of Cologne, who have always shown con siderable independence of the Holy See, were giving trouble; and Leo XIII., on several occasions, drew attention to the respect due to Nuncios and the right they have to the attention of publicists and men of affairs in Roman Catholic countries.

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Twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, the Pope s Secretary of Mate receives the Ambassadors to the Holy See, one after another; and the Ambassadors of the great countries having almost always some business to transact, arc constant attendants at these functions. These receptions rank first among the duties of the Secretary of State. Next to them comes his corre spondence with the Nuncios. He receives their reports and communicates his instructions to them. The reports which have recently appeared in the Knglish news papers ot the stream of important correspondence which passed between the Secretary of state and the Monsignore who remained to represent the Xuncio at Paris when that functionary had to leave France, are illustrative of the importance of this second duty of the Cardinal Secretary, lor every point that turned up was referred from Paris to him for his personal consideration, and, of course, referred by him to the Pope.

His third duty is to preside at the diplomatic ban quets at the Vatican, for etiquette prevents the Pope from being present. Luckily for the Cardinal Secretary, there are very few, except on the occasion of the holding of Consistories.

  • P>y a curious exception in Papal etiquette, the Pope

may receive guests at dinner when he is away from Rome ; this does not matter much now, unles the present Pope should determine to use the summer palace at Castel Gandolfo, which was secured to tho Papacy by treaty. Pius IX. often entertained his friends there before the fatal year 1870.

Every morning the Pope receives the Cardinal Secre tary, and they discuss the condition of the Church.

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When they have finished their consultation, the Secre tary attends to the correspondence. He may write the replies himself, or may leave it to the prelates attached to his office, and instruct them to look into delicate questions upon which the decision has been postponed. He has, of course, to carry out the instructions he receives at the audience, and to prepare the business he is going to submit to the Pope at the next audience. It might be thought that this was too much to be crowded into the life of any man. But, in addition to this, it is the custom of the Cardinal Secretary to receive non-official visitors every evening for an hour after the Angelus. He is consulted upon all sorts of questions at these receptions ; he is the Pope s Prime Minister ; he has to be as familiar as the Pope himself with every question which touches the Church. He is the regular representative of the Holy See. Every piece of informa tion, and every application intended for the Pope, has to be transmitted through him.

The Cardinal Secretary needs encyclopaedic knowledge and almost superhuman intuition and tact ; gifts with which Cardinal Merry del Val is richly blessed. He has to pass from subject to subject without losing the threads ; to know what people are talking about ; and to divine their real aims ; and to send them away satisfied that everything of which justice admits will be done.

One visitor may have important information or suggestions to make about the embroglio with France ; the next may be breathing, undiplomatically disguised, bribes or threats to push the candidature of an American Archbishop, who thinks he ought to be made a Cardinal ; and the next may wish to get the Pope to take his side in a petty squabble.

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No I ri;,.- Mini>ter in Kurope is so accessible, and, since everything that concerns religion i> considered to conic under the Pope s authority, ^hc poor Cardinal Secn-tary i- robbed ol the >tate-inan < favourite refuse, (jo ne\t door/ which is nowhere- plaved with such exa-p -ratn ilarity a- in the varion- Departments

1 the Italian < io\ rninent.

I he ( ardinal Secretary i-. allowed the widest di— cretion, because one of his mo-t important functions i- to save th i from unii i ce^> l ir\ bu>ine^s.

I here are teW people who kllo\V SO Illlicll of tile

i ehi;ion- atlair> ol all countri -.^ as Cardinal Merrv del \ al ; he i> >nnpl\ obliged to keep hiin-ell ju ccHrjut, and beiiiL; halt an I ; .nuli>hinan Jie \\a^ born in London , with Knjji-h a- much hi- native tongue a> Italian, he ha- a ura-p o! th.- atlair- ol the vanou- 1 iote-tant se< t- and ol I.niji-di and American opinion which no pievioii- Papal Secretary oi ^tate ha- evi-r had. More than that, his intuition into Knu h-h and Ameri can character, which i- wonderful, rests on the linn ba-i- of having himself the sterling Anglo-Saxon (jualities.

ill- tune lor book reading i- : irily limited, but

the wa\ he ke.-p> up with new-paper- i- extraordinary, and there may !>< a 14 real d-al in the \\itican tradition that much is learnt by patiently listening to the vi>itors \ ho conu- to reception-. He has, of course, in addi tion, an army ol correspondents and confidential a- ents ; and he has need of them all. for as Goyau

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ob-erves, hi> position exposes him peculiarly to am- bu-hes. He is obliged to make personal enemies by his decisions, and, in addition, all the enemies of the Church are his enemies. The mo>t trilling demand



The stiitue <>t" St. IVtc-r, from the Old B;isilir;i, seated on the throne of Benedict \1I V in the Chapel of S. M. delki Bocouila in the Crypt of St. I eter s.


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may mask important moves ; the acts of the Holy See, at the present day, when it is no longer only a fierce light which beats upon the throne, but a search-light levelled by the Press of the world, are commented on with peculiar assiduity ; a secret significance, a possible import is imputed to the most simple of them. Before he allows himself to issue one word in the name of the Pope, the Cardinal Secretary has to divine what de ductions will be made from it by commentators in good or bad faith ; and, in order to write what he wishes to say with safety, he has to think, not only what his words do mean, but what they can be made to mean. Since 1870, says Goyau, the Papal Palaces being the only place where the Pope reigns, the Secretary of State, the former coadjutor in his royalty, is Prefect of the Apostolical Palaces and President of their house holds.

Though there is only one Secretary of State nowa days, he has two bureaus under his orders that of the Secretariate-of-State and that of Ecclesiastical Affairs Extraordinary. In the former, one of his most im portant colleagues is the Prelate Substitute of the Secre tariat and Secretary of Cypher, whose special function is, of course, to put into cypher the Pope s despatches to his Nuncios, and to decipher the despatches received from them. On Tuesdays and on Fridays, the days upon which the Cardinal Secretary receives the Ambas sadors, he takes his place at the audience with the Pope. He is at the head of the staff of the Secretariate-of- State, which consists of six writers, ecclesiastics and laymen, and two archivists.

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affairs when it was first created by Pius VII., in [814.

There were several States in which were either new creations or had new constitutions, and relations had to be established with them. (iovau states the dilemma in which the Pope found himself, with his usual epigram matic neatness. It onlv politicians were consulted there was a risk of the inviolable character of certain principles being forgotten ; if onlv canonists were consulted there was a risk of their being blind to the necessities of the times. The first, being too optimistic, would have been too inclined to make concessions ; the second, being too unaccommodating, would have been too liable to obstinacv. Acting together in the (^on^rc^.ilnm of Ecclesiastical Affairs Extraordinary, thev might be ex pected to enlighten and moderate each other respectively.

The Pro-Secretarv, the Sub-Secretarv, and their four assistants, are engaged in incessant observation of the ecclesiastical happenings in various countries, as also is the Bureau of the Secretariate-of-State. When a grave question, wliich affects the position of the Church in a foreign country, demands from Rome a prompt and careful solution, then the Cardinals of the Congrega tion are summoned.* According to the Gcrarchia, they are thirteen in number. The Secretary of State is cx- of/icio one of them, and consultors are associated. It is at their meetings that the most delicate political decisions of the Holy See are drawn up and matured.


  • l- nr the present crisis with France the Tope has appointed a special Pontifical

CommisMon. The Cardinals belonging to it have to make their investigations inde pendently, and vote upon every decision. The I ope presides over it, at a round table, in \\hii h the Cardinals of the Commission sit in order of seniority from his right hand to hi* left. Cardinal Meiry del Val, as the youngest, sits on the Tope s left hand, and gives his opinion and vote first,


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The Bureaus of the Secretariate-of-State and the Ecclesiastical Affairs Extraordinary form a sort of Diplomatic College. The prelates do a term there to qualify themselves for Nunciatures. A post in these offices is the first step in the political career of the Roman prelate. The Nunciatures are the second step. Those of Paris (up till now), Vienna, Madrid, and Lisbon rank first. After passing through one of these the Nuncio is usually made a Cardinal. Nunciatures which are second class, are a stage towards the Nunciatures of the first class.

One more side of the Cardinal Secretary s duties re mains to be noted. The correspondent of the Daily Chronicle, in Rome, wrote in the issue of January 4, 1907 : " Europe has been talking much of late about the policy of Cardinal Merry del Val, his statesmanship or lack of it, and the result of his counselling Pius X. ; but only the dwellers in Rome are aware of what a Cardinal Secretary of State can do for the poor of a teeming people. The Roman poor are not, civilly, the Pope s subjects, but the King s ; yet, if they were still under the temporal power, they could have no better friend than this reactionary Cardinal. The new and miserable quarter of Rome that has risen near the hill made by the broken earthenware of ancient Rome is the principal scene of his untiring labours."

What the life of the Cardinal Nephews, who came before the Cardinal-Secretaries of State, was like, one can gather from the glowing pages of Silvagni, drawing upon Lunadoro, translated by Mrs. Maclaughlin. He is describing the Court of that same Cardinal Cinzio Aldobrandini, nephew of Clement VIII.

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Nephew, sat down to dinner, a most elaborate ceremony was gone through. The table was always decorated with a profusion of the rarest flowers and fruits, the plates were of silver, and the china from Urbino and l : aen/a. At one end of the dining-hall stood a splendid buffet covered with enormous silver salvers and vessels cf < <] niid -diver. There were hundreds of silver dishe- al-o pili d upon it for the u-< 1 of the quests, and vases b\ the famous < iion. ione da (iubbio, and majolica of the finest manufacture.

" Amidst all this splendour the Cardinal j)laeed him self at table. His cup-bearer brought a silver basin and poured water over \\ \< tinkers, and his steward otlered him a napkin to dry them with, removing it alter use in another silver dish. Then the carver took up his position behind his master s chair, the steward lifted the cover from the dish, and the cup-bearer tied a napkin under the great man s chin, just as nowadays children are put into their bibs.

"The assistant gentlemen-in-waiting offered water to any prelates or gentlemen who were dining with His Eminence, and the napkins for wiping their hands wen 1 presented by the pages and valets, \\hosr duty it was to serve the gue>ts -the pages having the privilege oi putting on their caps after the meal had begun, while, the other attendants continued uncovered.

" When the Cardinal wished to drink, the gentleman- in-waiting who held the cup, took off its cover, and the steward offered a napkin for his master to dry his lips upon. Whenever the Cardinal drank the same cere mony was repeated the napkin, however, being changed every time, while the one already used was passed to an attendant. If other Cardinals were at table they were


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served in a similar manner. The meat was ushered into the room with great ceremony, for the dishes were not put upon the table, but handed to the guests as they were ready to partake of them. First came a groom of the chambers, with his sword by his side, but without cap or mantle ; then the house steward, with a napkin over his shoulder ; then the under-steward, with a tureen of soup ; then two assistants, carrying two other dishes, to give the Cardinal a choice of viands. These latter officials wore their swords, and had on caps and cloaks. The gentiluomini di toga did not serve at table, and only assisted at dinner-time if they belonged to the Cardinal s court. The major-domo, house steward, groom of the chambers, secretaries, and other officials, were in the dining-hall, but took no part in the service. The house steward s duty was to stand behind his master s chair, and see that everything was conducted properly. The chaplain asked a blessing, and returned thanks. The train-bearer read aloud a spiritual book- that is to sav, he went through the form of doing so, for as soon as the Cardinal asked for wine, the book was always closed, and conversation beguiled the rest of the repast.

" The Cardinal s chair was distinguished from those of his less honoured guests by being higher, and being covered with velvet or brocade ; and he never gave up his place except to some brother Cardinal, the Arch dukes of Austria themselves having to allow him prece dence. If the Ave Maria, or mezzodi, sounded while a meal was in progress, the cup-bearer suddenly lifted His Eminence s berretta, and all the guests were required to do the same ; and while the chaplain repeated the office, the steward made a deep reverence, which he


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repeated when the party rose from table, to signify that the meal was at an end.

Snpprr was served in a very similar fashion, excepting that tlu- officials were preceded into the room by pages bearing lighted torches. The ceremonial was, however, so rigorous and complicated, that Monsignor Bonifazio Vannazzi tilled two large volumes with instructions for the servants and gentlemen-in-waiting, besides a special chapter fur the guests in case they were doubtful ho\v to conduct themselves."


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CHAPTER VII.

A VISIT TO CARDINAL MERRY DEL VAL IN THE BORGIA ROOMS OF THE VATICAN.

As is well known to all who visit Rome, the celebrated Borgia Apartments, which, after the Library of the Cathedral of Siena, have the most splendid series of frescoes in existence from the brush of Pinturicchio, can seldom be visited, because they form the official residence of Cardinal Merry del Val, the Pope s Secretary of State, corresponding to our Prime Minister. Miss Grace Christmas, sister of one of the Camerieri Segreti, kindly offered to introduce me to the Cardinal. On the drive there she told me that he had been her confessor for ten years, so there was no awkwardness. The Cardinal receives at 6.30 p.m., when he leaves the Pope. In the earlier part of the afternoon he is never in the Borgia Apartments, and allows tourists, in parties of five, to inspect them. But for permission it is necessary to apply to his secretary many days before, as it is given in order of application and only a very few parties are allowed in each day. The Cardinal complains that so many tourists cast their eyes up for a few seconds and say, " Is this all ? " So he sometimes doubts as to whether it is worth while giving leave except in special cases.

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the card of Cardinal Merry del Val had a magical eflect. We were handed on with ever-increasing unction. At the door of the apartments themselves, after all those stairs, no one was on guard. We walked through the tapestry room and into the first Pin- turicchio room, and had deposited our coats and umbrellas before anyone met us. But in the third room were two secretary priests, and to them we gave our cards. We were then shown into the exquisite room, called bv Hare the " Camera dclla Vita del/a Madonna," and by Baedeker, " The Room of the Church I e-^tivaK" Here and in the next room are the world s most beautiful ceilings, exquisite miniatures of Pin- turicchio in his most gracious mood, paint-jewels, set round the ribs of a late Gothic ceiling in a riot of deep moulded gilt and colour embossing, like the Buddhist Temples built in the Golden Age of Japanese Art. What the great pictures in the lunettes lose in their < clouring they gain in distinctness as the full power of the electric light is turned upon them ; and until you have visited them by night you cannot be said to have seen those glittering, gnu-starred ceilings.

T wondered if the Cardinal had time to appreciate the privilege of living in these rooms, more richly frescoed as a suite than any in the world; one of the sacred spots of art for more than four hundred years ; no longer a dead city, no longer only a classical thing, but the appropriate surroundings of the most powerful Cardinal in Christendom, the representative of the power of the Papacy. To go over a royal building being put to a royal use, with the owner himself there to welcome you and talk freely of his own, was rather like being shown over Alnwick Castle by the Duke of Northum-



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berland. We were there before the Cardinal. He came through with a little train on his way back from the Pope. We were not kept waiting long ; there were only a father, mother, and a child before us, a merely formal presentation which occupied a few minutes. Then we were conducted into the Camera delle Vite dei Santi the chamber of the Lives of the Saints, which lights up even better, because its lunettes are larger and its colours brighter and simpler. Then almost immediately we were ushered into the third room, and received at the door by the Cardinal. Miss Christmas stooped and kissed his ring ; I tried to do the same, but the Cardinal was resolute. He kept hold of my hand, and forced his own hand down to give it a hearty English shake ; he then led us to the corner of the room arranged Sicilian fashion, a sofa horse-shoed between three chairs on either side. He sat on the sofa ; we sat on the two chairs nearest his right hand. He wore his little pinky Cardinal s skull cap, a black soutane, and a large incised gold cross four or live inches long. At first he made a few inquiries about Miss Christmas s family, and confined himself to the usual conventional conversation with me. But I had a message to give him from Commendatore Orazio Marucchi, author of the well-known " Elements d Archeologie Chretienne," the principal ecclesiastical antiquary of Rome, and this at once brought conver sation into an easy channel.

I told him that on the Thursday previous Professor Marucchi had been good enough to take me over the catacombs of Santa Priscilla (at the mention of the name the Cardinal at once became interested), and knowing that I had written much about Sicilian


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mosaics, which, being executed by the hermits of Mount Athos, preserve ancient traditions, had taken me to look at a little fresco of an old man seated with two other figures In-side him ; and that lie had asked, " \Yho is that ? " That 1 had said at once : " It is the St. Peter of the mosaics." And that he had said : " Please tell Cardinal Merry del Yal this when you see him. He has subscribed to the excavation work and has shown much interest in it." The Cardinal became very interest ing as well as interested. " This, of course," he said, is Professor Marucchi s hobby. He is always anxious to receive independent testimony on the matter. The evidence seems to show that there is more in favour of his theory of the catacomb of S. Priscilla being the catacomb where St. Peter baptized than there is in favour of any other ; but we have not got conclusive proofs vet ; at anv rate, not sufficient to declare it to be a fact."

I then asked His Eminence if I might mention a thing that had struck me when I was going over the crypt oi St. Peter s. He nodded, and I said that 1 thought it would be such an appropriate thing if the city of Venice would show its pride in the Holy Father being a Vene tian by paying for the erection in St. Peter s of the pieces of the tomb of that other Venetian Pope, Paul II., of which so many splendid fragments by Mino da Fiesole are preserved in the crypt of St. Peter s. " It would be superb to see it standing up in some chapel of St. Peter s, where it could be shown off to perfection. I suppose there is a drawing of the original tomb some where ? " I said.

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connected with St. Peter s. There is a complete model of the old church somewhere."

The Cardinal seemed to think my idea striking and a ppropriate, and passed on to tell me that it had been in his mind for some time to inaugurate a museum of St. Peter s like the Opera del Duomo at Florence, and transfer to it the museum objects from the crypt of St. Peter s. By this he meant, I suppose, the numbers of objects erected against the walls, etc., of the Grotte Nuove, as distinct from the tombs which fill the Grotte Vecchie like the crypt of the Cathedral of Palermo. The Car dinal informed me that there were a great many other things belonging to St. Peter s in the sacristies and in various parts of the Vatican, which might go properly into such a museum, especially sketches of Old St. Peter s and plans for the building of New St. Peter s, and the model above mentioned. A charge of fifty centimes, he suggested, could be made, which would help to extinguish the annual deficit in the fund for keeping St. Peter s in repair. Funds of this kind at the Vatican are falling off very much.

I asked him about the crypt ; why it was made so difficult to get into it. " It is not difficult any longer now," he said. " You have, it is true, to ask for leave from Monsignor Bisleti, countersigned by another Mon- signore who lives in the Via d Aracceli, but these are formalities. A few years ago it was really difficult, and the police warned the Pope that he should take care that no dynamiters got into the crypt of St. Peter s."

I interrupted him.

  • " But surely you have no fears for St. Peter s like
  • This was before the dastardly attempt made with a bomb upon the venerable Pope

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there are for Royal Palaces ? It must be protected by its sanctity."

< Xo," said the Cardinal. " There are a number of

fanatics and of people who want to do something start ling to make themselves known, to whom nothing is sacred. The late Pope was seriously alarmed about it, and at one time would allow no one to give visitors leave to see the crypt except himsell personally. Now it is different."

Something brought it into my mind at that moment that it was the late Pope who gave the Cardinal Ins sobriquet of " the angel of the Vatican."

The Cardinal is a tall man with a very graeeful iigure. He has regular and singularly refined features. Ik- strikes one as a perfect and well-bred gentleman, and as a genuinely good man rather than a militant ecclesiastic. His baldness gives him a studious appearance, and he is rather English-looking.

I asked the Cardinal if he had been at school in England, apologizing for my ignorance in not knowing. He said, " But why should you ? Yes. 1 was at school in England till 1 was thirteen, and afterwards 1 was at a Roman Catholic college in the north of England near Durham, till I came to study for my priesthood in Rome. I regarded England as my home for many years. I was born in London, and my nearest relations were in London. Until 1903 I always spent my holidays with them, and in 1903 1 had my portmanteau ready to start when the old Pope sickened in his last illness. But in 1902, when I was saying good-bye to England, I had a strong presentiment that I should never go back to it, or, at least, not for many years."


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I ventured to ask if it would be etiquette for him to leave Italy now, supposing that he could.

" I believe not," he said. " But the question could never arise. I never get any holidays at all, except when I run up to Castel Gandolfo for a few days at a time in the summer, and even then my letters go with me. I don t know when I shall get a holiday again. It wouldn t be a holiday if I did go, for there would always be clergy wishing to see me whom I could not refuse."

I took him to imply that it was easier to deny himself to people in Rome. He did not look in the least tired with it all. I thought he looked remarkably fresh and full of energy, though I found him rather silent until he became interested in the message from Professor Marucchi. I asked him if he had made a study of Pin- turicchio since he became possessor of the finest frescoed residence in the world.

" Alas ! I never have any time to look up," he said. " I have always to look down. I can only feel that they are there."

He was amused when I told him that behind the bricked-up door in his reception-room, which has the old Spanish tiles on it, the custode locates the room where Cesare Borgia strangled someone or other. It is very likely," he said. " There are some small rooms there, used for nothing in particular, which belong to and gave access to the Borgia rooms." He pointed out the Borgia bull and crown on the tiles on this door, and said that they were repeated in the old tiles in his study, which is the celebrated tower room. I asked if I might be permitted to enter it.

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name in a book for Mis? Christmas. I had looked through after him, and seen a largo tiled room at the top of a flight of steps about ten feet high. It is much longer than the other Borgia rooms, except the first, \vhere the arrases are. lnder tin* ceiling it has the painted frieze which gives this room its name of the Hall "i the Credo, in which the twelve Apostles are depicted by some painter of Pmturrichio s school, each holdm- a s, T (ll inscribed with the portion of the Apostles ( reed which he is supposed to have written. It has a painted ceiling, and some of the tiles on the floor are original. The room contains hardly any furniture, except a plain writing-table by the oriel window. This is the room most directly associated with Alexander VI. -the execrated Borgia Pope s ghost, for it is in the tower of refuge which he built, the Torre Borgia ; but the ( animal, who is often in his study till quite late, has never seen or heard anything of it. The Hall of the Credo is not such a lofty room as those below. The ( ardmal did not otter to show me the remaining room- the Hall of the Sibyls which opens oft this ! He pointed out the original arabesque paintings <, n the walls of one of the other chambers.

These," he said, have been left wherever they were not utterly destroyed, to show what the rooms were like originally, and where they have been re-painted the original ideas were carried out as far as possible." Having been in the Vatican for twenty years, he could remember the rooms when bookcases went right up to the bottom of the pictures. He came into them when the bookcases were first cleared out, and thought how enviable the rooms were ; and the remembrance came back to him when it fell to his lot to occupy them.


CHAPTER VIII. AN AUDIENCE WITH THE POPE.

IN theory, to obtain an audience with the Pope you require an introduction to his Maggiordomo from a person of sufficient standing ; any Monsignore will do, or your banker. But in practice, a decent-looking person, who cannot manage such an introduction, can obtain from one of the hangers-on at the Vatican an invitation to an audience, which has been issued to some other person who does not require it.

Gentlemen are expected to wear evening dress, but are generally admitted in any kind of black clothes. Ladies must wear black dresses and cover their heads with black lace scarves or mantillas.

Introductions are presented to the Maggiordomo about 6 p.m. His secretary is then instructed to take a note of your name and address, and to let you know when the Pope can receive you. It is rather a thrilling moment when the hotel porter comes to you full of importance to announce a messenger from the Vatican. A letter of half a dozen lines, printed except for the names of the persons to whom the audience is granted, announces that His Holiness will receive you at such a time on such an afternoon, and the messenger has no delicacy about accepting a tip, for which there is almost a recognized tariff.

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to the Court of S. Damaso ; if it is wet you may be per mitted to enter by the Bronze Door, and, climbing the stairs which lead to the Maggiordomo s apartment and to the Borgia. Apartments, enter the door on the right, and proceed up many stairs to reach the stately Sala Clementina, which leads to the various rooms where the Pope give- audiences larger, for public audiences; smaller, lor special audiences all so arranged that he may go through the formality, which must be tiresome to him, as cxpeditiously as may be compatible with dignity and graciousness.

From the moment that you enter the Bron/e Door you feel that something is in the air. The Swiss Guard who is standing sentry, has taken off his overcoat and put on his pikeman s steel morion (a sort of fireman s helmet as the finishing touch to his uniform of motley, with its striped stockings and enormous breeches. He may even be wearing body armour. Your invitation is inspected bv a policeman, Papal guards, and Papal beadles, and when you reach the anteroom, by the Bussolanti splendid people in tabards of crimson brocade, with hose to match and Shakespearian shoes. If you have brought a wrap or an umbrella, you deposit it on the seats of the anteroom, which look rather like pews, with "Pins X. Ponti/cx Mtiximus" painted on them. Kveryone is his own cloak-room attendant, and hopes that no pickpockets are going to receive the blessing of the Holy Father. Then you move forward through a safer-looking cloak-room to the chamber where His Holiness is to receive you.

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Its rich gilt and blue are the top notes in a strong scheme of colour, for the walls are hung with crimson, and the floor carpeted with bright grass-green, separated by a ring of black figures, seated as close as a line of infantry. In these public audiences the numbers are regulated to a fraction by the seating accommodation which the wall space allows. An official of higher rank, in evening dress relieved by a gold jewel, hung with many chains, marshals the beatificiaries to their places not a very easy task, for the bulk of them may be Protestants new to the Vatican and politely eager to secure the best places. His Holiness welcomes the Protestants who desire his blessing, and Roman Catholics naturally prefer private audiences and use all the influence they can bring to bear to secure them.

We were told to be there the best part of an hour too soon, and a whole hour before almost every seat had been taken. We grew very tired of watching the men struggling with the impossibility of reconciling dress clothes and daylight, and the women thinking how they looked in black lace mantillas. Only an Italian or a Spaniard or a Portuguese could wear a black mantilla un-self consciously. Of the others, it was difficult to say which did it the worst, those who thought they looked fascinating in them, or those who thought they looked frights, for a mantilla is a very difficult thing to wear effectively with a high black dress. All the women were laden with objects for His Holiness to bless. The wife of an English clergyman had a Madonna on her knee, but the other women were content to load their wrists with rosaries and bring armfuls of reliquaries and crucifixes. In the half-hour while they were waiting, a party, not very near us, were discussing in


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voices we could hear plainly, the prices they had paid for these objects of art which were going to be objects of blessing, naively explaining that the good ones were for themselves, and the cheap ones to give away. The former were some of them little less than exquisite, the latter mostly more than execrable. The men kept the keepsakes which they had brought in their dress- coat tail-pockets, reasoning that the virtue emanating from His Holiness must reach all that entered the chamber ot blessing.

I tried not to look at the black figures engrossed with such irreverent thoughts ; but to fix my eye on the gilt angel gazing up at the- crucifix at the end of the room opposite the Papal Throne. A place had been assigned to me near the Throne. The upper part of the walls were taken up with frescoes ; those round me told the story ot S. (iian (iualberto and the great Abbey of Yallombiosa. It was best to raise one s eyes to the old bowed golden ceiling, reminiscent of great old days.

At length the period of expectancy was brought to an end. The head official entered, clapped his hands and made a swift upward wave of them. The audience rose like one- figure, but His Holiness did not appear for some minutes, and at the last moment the same official waved the audience down to their knees. And then the Pope passed in, attended by a Cardinal and his Maggior- domo and six other high officials, three lay, three clerical. The laymen were in evening dress and wore rich orders.

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round the room, holding to each his hand to be taken and kissed on the ring, he began with looking straight down into the upturned faces, till his kindliness was checked by the headstrong attitude of those who had seen no harm in scheming for an audience at which they intended to make a protest of their ill-bred consciences. It is not easy to describe the innate condescension which has given Pius X. a majesty of his own. He is the very personification of the meek inheriting the earth. His complete gentleness impressed me more than Leo XIII. s strong dramatic sense of fitness. As I saw the white-capped, white-robed figure of the Head of Roman Christendom pass, unhurrying, undelaying, with an air of blessing, round the kneeling ring, I knew that I was in the presence of true greatness. Each person, after he had kissed the great ruby on the Papal finger and paused a few minutes to meditate or pray, rose.* When the Pope had completed the circuit all knelt again while he gave his prayer and benediction in a voice free from all academic artifice.

During the whole audience the tall Cardinal and the purple-clad bearer of the rich scarlet Papal hat, as glittering as a crown, and the scarlet cloak, stood by the door.

As suddenly as he had entered, His Holiness was gone, and the doors were closed to prevent the hurry of passing feet and the scramble for cloaks breaking on the dignity of the scene. For autograph-hunters have no respect for persons, a fact which is especially recognized in the letter which confers the invitation to an audience. It bears a printed notice forbidding anyone to bring

  • The etiquette is said to be that no one should rise from his knees till the Pope has

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photographs to ask the Pope to autograph them. 1, for one, \vas grateful that the doors were closed, so as to ensure the sacred circle not being broken and every thing ending drirntly and in order, to use the words of our own prayer-book.


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CHAPTER IX. HOW THE POPE LIVES.

ALL accounts of Pius X. are agreed in one respect- that the Head of the Roman Catholic world is rich in the force of simplicity. He weighs everything in the balance of sincerity, and having decided on its absolute merits, subjects it to the touchstone of his duty to the Church.

The simplicity and sincerity of his opinions are the reflection of his life : he is the enemy of all affectations : he is unaffectedly human as regards himself and un affectedly hostile to pretensions in others. As he feels that his position will prevent him ever visiting his beloved Venice, he has a trunk-line telephone of his own to the Bride of the Adriatic. Nor is this the high- water mark of modernity in the Vatican, for the Pope has the first wireless telephone ever erected for practical use.

The Papal Masters of Ceremonies are sometimes in despair : they are naturally conservative in their tradi tions, and, if the Pope disagrees with them, it is almost impossible to move him from the position he has adopted. They are naturally not willing to give in stances of this, but they are quite willing to tell little stories, some of them very amusing, of the Pope s strong- mindedness.

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in Rome, the leaders of the Blacks that is, the section of the Roman Nobility who attach themselves to the Court of the Pope, while the Whites attach themselves to the Court of the King were much disturbed in their minds. The Pope s sifters are not aristocratic ; they are as simple as their brother about keeping in sight the humbleness of their origin. The Patri/iato, or their womenkind, thought the Pope - sisters would be easier to handle in Society if the Pope made them Coulisse. The Pope was hardly able to conceal his amusement. I have made them sisters of the Pope," he said. If they are not satisfied with being sisters of the Pope, they are not going to get any more from me."

The city of Lucca is a very dignified and conserva tive place. In the days when it was an independent Principality, it was a very prosperous, well-managed and loyal little State, and it looks upon itself as a (irand Duchy still. When the Archbishopric of Lucca fell vaeant the Pope appointed a man whom he knew personally to be eminently fitted for the post. But the new Prelate was not a person of any birth, and the proud Lucchesi asked the Pope to cancel the appoint ment and give them an Archbishop connected with their own aristocrat \\ Then I am to understand," replied Pius X., " that a few months ago you would certainly have rejected me if I had been appointed Archbishop of Lucca instead of Pope."

A similar objection was made when, as Cardinal Sarto, Patriarch of Venice, he wished to appoint a poor but zealous and hard-working parish priest to a vacancy in the Chapter of St. Mark s. The suggestion was objected to and Cardinal Sarto gave way. But soon



The marble Shrine of the Virgin now in the Crypt of St. Peter s. From / is/o/c si s " // I a/ica/io."


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after he became Pope, the humble parish priest was summoned to Rome, consecrated Bishop, sent to Venice to administer that diocese in the Pope s name, and later on was appointed Patriarch with full jurisdiction. The man who was deemed unfit to become a member of the Chapter now rules over them as Patriarch.

The Pope is undoubtedly fond of FZngland. Numbers of our countrymen Protestant as well as Catholic- could bear witness to that. His partiality for English people was always noticeable in Venice, and many are the instances that could be given of his attentions to visitors from this country. If anything, that partiality has become more pronounced since he assumed the Papal tiara. Last year and the year before he graciously condescended to be photographed in the Sala Ducale, surrounded by a considerable number of English pil grims who had gone to Rome under the auspices of the useful organization known as the Catholic Association. He takes a keen interest in the new Cathedral at West minster and is always pleased to receive news about its progress, remembering how Cardinal Vaughan visited him in Venice to study the mosaics of St. Mark s and to consult him as to the possibility of introducing something similar into the huge and noble Byzantine pile at West minster. The church music, as rendered there, has his whole-hearted approval, as is evident from the observa tions he recently made to one not wholly unconcerned upon the pleasure he derived from reports and hear say about that subject. " So you English people have taken my Venetian basilica to London," was the remark he made not long ago to another traveller from these parts, and those few words speak volumes.

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serious expression of his photographs, he is always ready for a joke. There is a story current at Rome that at the suggestion of some zealous Dumc Romanic his sisters appeared before him one day wearing ambitious Parisian hats instead of the time-honoured Venetian shawls, which had been deposed as out of keeping with their new position. Pius X. burst out laughing the moment he caught sight of them, and then ex claimed : " Oitinito sictc brutte, figlic mic / " (" How very ugly you look, my dears ! "). The story, .sr non c vero, , (>cu tn>\\it<> t and is quite characteristic. In 1005, when lie was going to be photographed in a group <>f English pilgrims with Archbishoj) Bourne, of Westminster, Bishop \Yhiteside, oi Liverpool, and Bishop Casartelli, of Salford, beside him, the photographer suddenly rolled out a few carefully-prepared Ciceronian phra>es which were dfvisrd to convey his instructions with due reverence and decorum, but only the funny side of it seemed to strike the Pope : his lace became so wreathed in genial smiles that it was quite evident that he could hardly refrain from laughing. Of course it was con tagious. Monsignor Bisleti followed the Pope s example, and an ill-repressed titter went all round.

Another of his characteristics is a great and tender love for children. He is evidently delighted when they are presented to him, descends to their level with the greatest of ease, soon makes them feel quite at home, instils into their little hearts such instruction as is suit able to their age, and is quite loth to let them go.

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influenza. Before leaving the Pope s presence she re quested a special blessing for her little one at home. His Holiness immediately asked for full particulars, gave the desired blessing, and then, with a genial " aspetta " (" wait "), retired for a moment to his study. He soon returned with some medals in his hand, and, presenting one to the mother, " Take this home," he enjoined, " to your little girl with my blessing, and, as soon as she is better, bring her round to see me." He gave orders to his chaplain to take note of this promised audience and left the parents with an earnest " don t forget."

The Pope s life in the Vatican is simplicity itself, but this does not prevent him from performing all the social duties of a Pope of the new n gime and performing them with a fine natural dignity. Though he never leaves the Vatican precincts, he is the reverse of a re cluse, as is shown by the Abbe Cigala in the excellent account of the daily life of the Pope which he gives in "La Vie Intime de Pie X."

"The Pope is a very early riser. He is one of those who see the day dawn in summer and dress by candle light in winter because they cannot wait for the dawn. He always shaves himself and dresses without a valet, As soon as he is up, while his secretaries are still asleep, he goes to his private chapel and kneels down on a modest prie-dieu covered with red cloth before the Tabernacle and remains an hour in meditation. Then he recites the Prime out of an immense breviary bound in stamped leather, placed on this prie-dieu, which is the Pope s most valued possession. He often finds in it the text of his meditations, in the homilies of the festival or in the lessons of the day. After his meditations the Pope


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celebrates Mass, generally about six o clock. Strangers are sometimes allowed to be present, but, of course, only in the ante-chapel, and then the Mass takes place a little later. The Pope is always delighted when he can administer Communion with his own hands to those who beg the favour of attending his Mass. Like Leo XIII., he considers that it assists him in fulfilling his mission.

" Following the advice of S. Alfonso, the Pope is generally brief in the celebration of Mass ; he rarely takes more than twenty-live minutes over it, and afterwards lie assists kneeling at a second Mass celebrated by one of his Chaplains. He says a few words to every one who is presented and has for all of them a message of consolation or encouragement ; he is the Good Shepherd who knows all his sheep and whom all his sheep know.

"IK- then takes a little black coffee in his bedroom and at eight o clock receives his private secretaries. The Pope s chief confidant is the faithful Monsignor P.ressan, who followed him from Venice as his Privy Chaplain and Caudatario. The other Camerieri Segreti Partccipanti, Monsignur Sardi, secretary of the Latin Letters, MonsignorGalli, secretary of the Hrevi ai Principi, and Monsignor Hisleti, the Maggiordomo and acting- Maestro di Camera, come at this moment to take the orders of the day. The work is given out and then the Pope remains alone until nine a.m. At nine he receives the Cardinal Secretary of State, and discusses important questions with him. Kvery day the Secretary of State gives the Pope an account of political events and reports which have reached the Vatican. This consultation sometimes lasts several hours. The Pope then receives from ten to twelve, according to the


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day, the various Cardinals who are Prefects of the Congregations, foreign Ambassadors, Bishops, and the Generals of Religious Orders. At noon the Pope recites the Angelus with the members of the Famiglia and then goes off to his dining-room. It is the tradition that the Pope should dine always alone at a little table under a baldachin. The present Pope sometimes breaks the tradition and invites prominent prelates to his table. Those who are invited sit on his right or his left, but never facing him, out of respect for him who has no equal on the earth. The meal is very simple, monastic for a Pope even when he is alone. It is said that he only allows his food to cost him five francs a day, but that Leo XIII. allowed eight. After dinner he goes into the Gardens of the Vatican and takes a long promenade, generally on foot, accompanied by some prelate these are the best hours for audiences if you can get the favour of being invited. When the Pope is alone he talks with the Noble Guard in attendance on him, or the gardeners at their work, and chats with them quite paternally. About two the Pope returns to his apartments and remains alone till five o clock, which is the hour of prayer and contemplation. The Pope enjoys reading his breviary simultaneously with the churches and monasteries of Rome which chant their Vespers before the setting of the sun.

(( At five that is post- time, as it is called in official language the Pope receives his secretaries again to transact current business. He then receives official personages as in the morning ; it is rare not to find some bishops or prelates waiting in the little aula after having got through the various antechambers sentinelled by the Swiss Guard, the Palatine Guard, the Noble


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Guards, and the Chamberlains. All have to take their turn except Cardinals, who are shown in immediately."

A friend of mine who has seen a good deal of the Pope told me that he had never noticed so many changes in anv person s face as those which chase across the Pope s lace when he speaks or listens at an interview or addresses an audience. The expression of his features is con- tinuallv changing.

" At eight o clock the Pope takes a light supper while his secretarv reads from some religious work. It is generally a chapter of that little hook which he loves ahove all others, and which he ti-ed to give away as a souvenir when he was Patriarch the Imitatio Christi of Thomas a Kempis. At nine, once more, following the custom of Roman Society, he receives persons ol di^tinc- tion, or intimate friends with whom he discusses busi- n- s^ good works, or plans. It is otteii eleven o clock, <ometimes midnight, when he be-nis to think of taking a little rest. All his attendants are already in bed. The Pope, to make waiting on him easier, has chosen for his bedroom a little room over his study in a sort of low entresol which comii.unicates hv a winding stair case with his apartment^. It is a regular monk s cell. In it, as at Venice, he has nothing but a simple iron camp bedstead. It is there that the Supreme Head of the Church spends his few hours of rest. All tin- Vatican has retired to rest long before Pius X. thinks of sleep."


CHAPTER X. THE PAPAL COURT.

THE ultimate authority for all accounts of the Papal Court is, of course, La Gerarchia Catholica, the official peerage of the Papal hierarchy, which is published in the Vatican itself. The most eminent members of the Papal Court can be distinguished by comparing the Gerarchia with the Almanacco Italiano, which, like our " Whi taker s Almanack," gives tables of the leading public men. And a Frenchman, M. Georges Goyau, has shown much skill in presenting these materials with the lucidity and point for which his nation are famous. In the following sketch I am largely indebted to his scheme of arrangement ; though, for my facts, I have gone direct to the official Italian sources.

M. Goyau divides the prelates of the Vatican into two classes : the first and less numerous being those who perform actual duties in attendance at the court ; the second, whose limits are rather elastic, comprising a certain number of prelates who happen to live at Rome, and a great many who live elsewhere. Their offices, which are purely honorary, allow them to wear the purple and be addressed as Monsignore. There is no pay attached to their titles ; they receive nothing but prestige from them. At the head of the Famiglia Pontificia come the three Palatine Cardinals (Cardinali

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di S. R. C. Palatini] : the Cardinal Pro-Datario (Cardinal Angelo di Pietro), the Cardinal Secretary of State (Cardinal Kaiiaele Merry del Val), and the Cardinal Sc^rtlario dei Bred v Cardinal Luigi MacchiX

Chief among the prelates on the active list, after the three Palatine Cardinals, e<>me the prelates of the Palace : the most important of whom, the Maggiordomo, Mon- signor (iaetano Bisleti, is the head of the Pope s house hold. \\ itli certain reservations the internal arrange ments of the Vatican arc- in his charge.

lie appoints its officers, and distributes the cards ol invitation for the public ceremonies at which the Pope appears. \\\> superintendence is limited naturally by the powers of the Cardinal Secretary of State, who is Prefect of the ApoMolic Palaces. In theory the Maestro di Camera, whose office is at present vacant, distributes audiences : his introduction is indispensable for ap proaching the Pope. The Secretaries of the Congrega tions have to be received at regular intervals by him to submit their decisions. It is the Maestro di Camera who arranges each half year the roster of the regular audiences. Roman Catholics who desire an audience with the Pope have recourse to the Maestro di Camera. He eiiMiro invitations to them if there is room. At the present time the duties of the Maestro di Camera are being performed by the Maggiordomo.

The Uditorc Generate, della Rcvercnda Camera Apostolica, whose office is at present vacant, prepares the work of the Consistories. The Maestro del Saero Palazzo Aposto- lico (Monsignor Alberto Lepidi, a friar preacher) is the keeper of the " Roman Library." Formerly all the writings published at Rome required his imprimatur. The Saenst (Monsignor Guglielmo Pifferi, an Augus-


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tinian) has charge of the Sacristy of the Pope : he takes care of the relics which are kept there, and he is Cure of the people who live in the Vatican. The Segretario delle S. C. Cerimoniale (Monsignor Ludovico Grabinski) is the authority on procedure ; the Prefect of Pontifical Ceremonies sees that it is observed.

Under the common title of Camerieri Segreti Parte- cipanti, the Gerarchia includes the Elemosiniere Segreto (Monsignor Giuseppe Maria Costantini) ; the Segretario dei Brevi ai Principi (Monsignor Vincenzo Sardi) ; the Sostituto delta Segretaria di Stato e Segretario delta Cifra (Monsignor Giacomo della Chiesa) ; the Sottodatario (Monsignor Francesco Spolverini) ; the Segretario delle Letter e Latine (Monsignor Aurelio Galli) ; and four others who really perform the duties of Camerieri Segreti Partecipanti, viz., the Coppiere, or cup-bearer (Mon signor Riccardo Sanz de Samper), who was formerly in attendance upon the table of the Pope when he received a duty of which he has been relieved since 1870 ; the Segretario d Ambasciata (Secretary of Em bassy), Monsignor Raffaele Scapinelli di Leguigno, whose duty it was to conduct the Princes visiting Rome to the presence of the Pope ; the Guardaroba (Monsignor Camillo Caccia Dominion!), who has charge of the Pope s ward robe ; and a fourth chamberlain (Monsignor Adamo Sapieha), to whom the Gerarchia does not assign any special duties. The fourth of these officers is not with out duties, and the three first are not occupied only with the special duties which give their offices their names. The four of them form the constant attendants of the Pope and really perform the duties about his person.

The Collegio dei Prelati Protonotari Apostolici the College of the Apostolical Protonotary Prelates was

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formerly of great importance. Its working members are nominally seven in number : (Mons. Vincenzo Xnssi, Mons. Francesco Spolverini, Mons. Ascenzo Dandini, Mons. Giacomo Poletto, Mons. Benedetto Melata, Mons. Giuseppe \Yilpert, Mons. Pietro Piacenza). But at present they have an eighth Emeritus member (Mons. Diomede Panici, Archbishop of Laodicea). There are also a great number of ineffective members of the College forty-eight Protonotari Af>ostolici Sopran- numcrdri, and live hundred and twenty-six Protonotari Afiostolici ad Instar Partecipantium.

The Protonotari Partedpanti have still a place and lunction in the Consistories. They arrange the pro- < I dings at certain solemn moments of funerals and the Conclave ; and, finally, the attachment of a Pro- tonoturio to the Congregazioni of the Sacri Riti and the Propaganda, shows that the office of Notary Apostolical has not yet become a complete sinecure.

The name Prclati di Collegia is, according to Go van, given to the members of the undermentioned four Colleges of prelates :

1. Sacra Rota Romana.

2. Reverenda Camera Apostolica. j. Segnatura Papale di Giustizia.

4. Collegio de Prelati Abbreviated del Parco Maggiore.

Goyau explains the Tribunale delta Rota as a sort of Court of Appeal, which has nothing to do now, though its vacancies continue to be filled up ; it consists of nine Uditori Monsignori (Giovanni de Montel, Carlo Mourey, Giovanni Befani, Alessandro Carcani, Gustavo Persiani, Riccardi Costantino Contini, Giuseppe Magno, Guglielmo Sebastianelli, Basilio Pompili).


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Monsignor de Montel is Dean of the College ; he is an Austrian, and Monsignor Mourey is a Frenchman.

They assist in the work of the " Riti," and occupy the posts of Sub-Deacons attached to the Pope. And in diplomatic negotiations between the Vatican and foreign countries, if there happen to be any Uditori of the Rota belonging to these countries, they may take part in the discussions. " The character of their title, the nature of their duties, suits them to serve two masters the Pope and their country. They escape the proverbial danger by working for an entente between both masters, and their discreet and assiduous efforts form a material assistance to national diplomacies."

The second College is that of the Reverenda Camera Apostolica, which consists of eight Prelati Chierici di Camera (Monsignori Giuseppe Giustiniani, Salvatore Talamo, Giacomo Poletto, Pacifico Pierantonelli, Giovanni Maria Zonghi, Giuseppe de Bisogno, Vincenzo Maria Umgherini, Pietro Angelini). They are under the direction of the Cardinal Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church (Cardinal Luigi Oreglia) and the Vice- Camerlengo (Monsignor Lorenzo Passerini, Patriarch of Antioch). There is also an Auditor-General, and a Treasurer-General (offices at present vacant), a Secretary, a Warden, and a Chancellor-Notary. Almost the only duty of this College is to take control of the Apostolical Palaces during the interregnum when a Pope dies.

The third College, that of the Segnatura Papale di Giustizia, was, in the days of the Papal States, the Court of Cassation ; which reviewed such matters as violations of forms of procedure and the rulings of judges. Its vacancies are always filled up. It consists of six Prelati


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Votanti (voting prelates), and forty-five Prelati Referen- dari Secondo 1 Epoca del Giuramcnto (Referendaries). Their offices are sinecures. At the present moment the office of the Cardinal Prefect, who directs their proceedings, of the Auditor-Secretary, of the Auditor of the Prefecture, and the Notary-Chancellor, are all vacant. The voting prelates are : Monsignor Rocco Micura, Moiis. Ferdinando Prur.i vini di Montescaglioso, .Mons. Tonunaso Terrinoni, Mons. Filippo de Nicola, Mons. Rinaldo Deggiovanni, and Mons. Luigi Martini.

The fourth Collfgc is that of the Abbrcviatori del Parco Mni^ioyc, who do the signing of the Bulls in the Cancellcria ^oi Papal Chancrrv, from which emanate all the public acts of the Pope, and which is concerned with his relation to foreign states, and has to authenticate all Papal acts and documents.

Tuker and Malleson, page 559, give their definition of the curious term Parco Ma^iorc. " These prelates were called Abbreviators, brrausr they originally tran scribed and made a resume of Papal Bulls : now they only sign them. The signing takes place in the hall of the Cancellcria Palace the hall of the 100 days. A portion of this, which they alone might enter, is called the Par co Maggiore, or greater corner, and is set apart for the Abbreviators, who sit round an immense table and sign in turn until the circle is completed."

The Cancellcria Apostolica is under the direction of Cardinal Antonio Agliardi, the Vice-Chancellor and Sommista ; and Monsignor Cesare Spezza, Regent and Sotto-Sommista. There is practically no Chancellor, because the office is permanently attached to the arch bishopric of Cologne. There are two Prelati A bbreviatori (Monsignor Giulio Campori and Monsignor Raffaele


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Virili, Titular Bishop of Troy). They are called Abbre- viatori Titolari. There are twelve supernumerary Abbreviatori, two of whom are Emeriti, with a Secretary. There are five Sostituti (substitutes) for the above prelates ; three Sostituti Minutanti ; nine supernumerary Sostituti Minutanti, some of whom hold positions, like the cashier, and the imposer of the lead seal, and the accountant ; and finally, there are nine Scrittori and four Emeriti officials. The number is not excessive considering that every Bull requires thirty signatures for its authenti- fication.

Certain Camerieri Segreti of rank less exalted than the Camerieri Partecipanti, says Goyau, take a considerable part in the functions of the Pontifical Court. They form the Colleges of the Masters of Ceremonies. There are eleven of them, six of whom are supernumeraries. The Congregazione dei Cerimoniali has them for advisers. Finally, there are the Cappellani Segreti, who officiate in the Papal chapel. There are six of them ; Leo XIII. s private secretary, Monsignor Angeli, was one.

These prelates, with the Cardinals, of course, form the real Court of the Vatican. Besides them there are a number of honorary prelates. These comprise, first of all, the College of Patriarchs, Archbishops, and Bishops attached to the Pontifical Throne which includes, at this moment, one hundred and thirty-six Patriarchs, Archbishops, and Bishops. These Prelati Assistenti, wlun they are at Rome, form the Pontifical Cortege at great ceremonies. (2) Then come the five hundred and twenty- six Protonotari Apostolici ad Instar Partecipantium. (3) Then over eight hundred Prelati delta Casa della Sua Santita. (4) Over six hundred supernumerary Camerieri Segreti (privy chamberlains). (5) Three hundred and


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forty-two Camcricri d Onore in abito Paonazzo, i.e., entitled to wear violet. (6) Eighty Camcricri d Onore extra urlcm, i.e., non-resident. (7) About eighty Cap- pellani Sc^rcti d Onore, i.e., Honorary Privy Chaplains. ^ About forty C appellant Scgrcti d Onore extra urbcm non-re<ident Honorary Privy Chaplains". The number of prelates is unlimited. The Pope raises to one of these dignities am ecclesiastic whom he wishes to recompense. The honour routers the right to use the title of Mon- signor and to wear the violet stork whirh is the emblem of the entire Prelacy. According to their rank, their violet costume bears more or less resemblance to the episcopal dress. Tho^e who are only Honorary Chamber lains and Chaplains extra urhem cannot use the title or the dress m Rome. But if the Pope leaves Rome they can be in attendance on him.

The^, different classes of prelates, says Goyau, are under no obligation ; only the supernumerary (\inierieri Scared and Camcricri </ Onore in a^i/o Paonazzo, if they reside in Rome or are making a sufficient stay, can, if thev aspire to it, be in attendance at the Court for one week in the year, the first in the Antieamcra Scgreta, the second in the Anhcamcra d Onore. There are parallel ranks of lay chamberlains to these ecclesiastical chamberlains : first the six " di numero " and the three hundred and twenty supernumerary Camcricri Scgreti di Spada c Cuppa ; then the hundred and fifty Camcricri d Onore di Spada c Cappa,oi whom all but six are super numerary. Right at the head of these minor digni taries are the Camcricri Scgreti di Spada e Cap pa Partecipanti Prince Ruspoli, Maestro del Sacro Ospizio (a sort of Master of Ceremonies); D. Alessandro Ruspoli, Prince of Cerveteri, Coadjutore al predetto con successione


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(his associate, with rights of succession) ; the Marchese Urbano Sacchetti, Foriere Maggiore dei Sacri Palazzi Apostolici ; Giulio dei Marches! Sacchetti (his associate, with rights of succession) ; the Marchese Luigi Serlupi Crescenzi, Cavallerizzo Maggiore di S. S. (Grand Master of the Horse to His Holiness); Prince Massimo, the S. G. P. ; and Conte Edoardo Soderini, Latore della Rosa d Oro (Bearer of the Golden Rose) ; seven high persons of the Roman aristocracy. Higher still are the Principi Assistenti al Soglio (the Princes in attendance on the Throne) Prince Colonna and Don Filippo Orsini, Duca di Gravina, and the Maresciallo Perpetuo cli S. R. C. e Custode del Conclave (Hereditary Marshal of the Holy Roman Church and Warden of the Conclave), Prince Chigi-Albani. One of the two Principi Assistenti al Soglio is always a Colonna and one an Orsini.

Goyau reminds us that all these splendid functionaries are not for the gratification of the Pope s vanity, but for the gratification of the vanity of the people who receive the appointments. The vast majority of the prelates and lay functionaries who fill the Gerarchia have no duties to perform. The Chamberlains who come to Rome to do their week s attendance in the Pope s antechambers receive as their only reward the medal which every year commemorates some important act of the Pontificate. " Many of the institutions of the Famiglia Pontificia," he says, " serve less to exalt the Papal Court than to enhance the positions of a number of high Roman Catholic personages in their private circles."

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a ereation of Pius VII., are recruited from that portion ot the Roman nohilitv which has not deserted the Papal Court for the Court ot the King. This corps con sists of a Captain-Commandant Lieut-General Prince l\ospiglio>i ; an hereditary Standard-Bearer of the Santa Komana Oiiesa Lieut. -General tin- Murchese Filippo Naro Patrizi Montoro ; two lieutenants, who are also Brigadier-Generals ; a supernumerary Lieutenant the l- it Pope r nephew, Brigadier-General Count Camillo )( ( ( i <li Carpineto ; an honorary Sub-Lieutenant, who i^ also a Brigadier-General; nine Lsenti, with the rank of Colonel ; and forty-eight Xoble Guards. They were the original bodvgnard of the pope ; they rode beside his carriage, accompanied him on his journeys, and attended state functions.

I he unilorin of the Noble Guard in which they are always seen now, i- really their undress uniform: a blaek coat with gold epaulette-, dark blue trousers, and steel helmets with a !4"ld crest. They wear a gold cross- belt, with an ornament, bearing tin- letters (,. X. p. Gnanlia Nobile i apale They have not worn their full- dress uniform since iX;o. It was rather like our Life Guard uniform without the cuirass, with its scarlet coat braided with gold , white breeches, and tall riding- boots. The Palatine Guard, which is really a sort of Papal Militia, ha- been reernited from the petty bourgeoisie and tradesmen ever since Pius IX. s time. There are said to be four hundred of them, under the command of a Commandant (Brigadier-General Count Camillo Pecci, mentioned above), a Major and a Brevet- Major. Their uniform consists of a black tunic with crimson facings ; a black capote with crimson tufts, and the inevitable blue trousers. Like the Xoble Guards, the


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Palatine Guards are for court rather than military duties. They are never used en masse except for great ceremonies, but both of them furnish every day a picket for the ante chamber of the Pope. No drill is demanded of them : they have only to know how to present and order arms.

For the maintenance of order and other police duties there are the Papal Carabinieri, called Gendarmeria Pontificia, consisting of a Captain-Commandant (Count Paolo Ceccopieri), and one hundred and twenty gens- darmes. They have to guard the staircases, the Cortile di S. Damaso, the corridors and the gardens. A stranger walking about the Vatican is constantly being challenged by them ; he meets them at every corner. The Gen darmeria are the police of the Vatican.

For more than four hundred years the Swiss Guard have been the chief military force of the Popes. They are commanded by a Captain-Commandant (Colonel the Barone Leopold Meyer de Schauensee) ; a Lieutenant, with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel ; and a Sub- Lieutenant, with the rank of Major ; and they are a hundred and twenty in number. They always mount guard in three places the Portone di Bronzo, at the Bronze Doors, where the Vatican is entered from the Piazza of St. Peter s ; at the Cortile della Sentinella, which you see on your right as you turn out of the Cortile del Forno to ascend the hill which leads to the entrance of the Sculpture Gallery ; and in the grand ante chamber of the apartments of the Pope. At the Bronze Door you will see a sentry on guard, and a dozen others hanging about, unless the approach of a high ecclesiastical dignitary or an Ambassador to the Papal See is signalled, when they fall in and salute.


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The Barrack of the Swiss Guard is in the back part of the Vatican, behind St. Peter s, in the courtyard entered between the Sistine Chapel and the Borgia Rooms. Close by this in a very narrow space the dual monarchy which exists at Rome is strikingly en evidence. There is a sort of square, with a fountain in the middle, at the back of St. Peter s, which is called the Cortile del Forno, at the end of which is the Courtyard of the Vatican, known as the Cortile della Sentinella, with a gate guarded bv the Swiss, the only point at which von can drive into the Vatican. On the other side of the road, which leads up to the Sculpture Gallery and Gardens, on a little hill, is the Zecca, the ancient Mint of the Popes. Thi> is the only pure of Italian territory within the Vatican precincts. On its terrace are the superb Carabinieri of the King ; the ivsolute and active men, lions of strength and bravery, who show us the fibre of which the Romans, who conquered the world, were made. Tl!> soldit-rs of the Pope and the soldiers of the King have been facing each other here, almost at bayonet s length, for many years. " Hut there has only once been an incident," says (ioyau, " when, on the fifteenth of July, ifyo, the carriage of the Pope, passing out of the Vatican and up to the Sculpture Galleries, crossed the Cortile del Forno. The Press of the Ouirinal party concluded that the Pope was emerging from his retirement : the Press of the Vatican replied that the Cortile was Papal territory, and that the Pope, in showing himself there, wished to do an act of proprietorship. This is the only time the Pope has driven out of the Vatican gates since 1870 ; but he was still technically in the Vatican."


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CHAPTER XI.

THE SACRED CONGREGATIONS AND PONTIFICAL COMMISSIONS.

I HAVE now to deal with the " Congregations/ Pon tifical Commissions, and a few things of that kind. The idle reader had better skip this chapter, for it deals with dry facts which it is not easy to convert into good reading, but they are too important as reference matter to be omitted. When you are dealing with Ecclesiastical Rome, the word " Congregation " is constantly before you, for the Congregations provide the day s work for the Cardinals.

For a long time Consistories, in which the Sacred College met under the presidency of the Pope, were the only machinery in the Government of the Church, says Goyau. They met nearly every day ; they were the regular council and ordinary tribunal of the Pope. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries special tribunals were established, and in the sixteenth a new form of Council was inaugurated. The Consistories became mere formal meetings where the Cardinals had no voice ; hardly anything was done at the Consistories except the Pope s nomination of new Cardinals and proclama tion of new Bishops, unless there was a Canonization. The Consistory of June 3oth, 1889, at which Leo XIII. delivered a discourse on the celebrations in honour of Giordano Bruno, was quite exceptional.


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I he sixteenth century saw the principle of the divi sion of labour introduced into the Church ; in addition to the Consistory, a number of administrative sec tions were formed to push matters through their ele mentary stages. These are the famous Congregations. One after another were created the Congregation of the Holy Office, the Congregation of the Index, and >o on.

Sixtus V., who was the founder of so much of the Vatican which we have to-day, in institutions as well as in buildings, by his Hull " Immensa Acterni Dei," effected a revolution. He established fifteen Congre gations, of which nine concerned the administration of the Church, and the others the administration of the Papal States. In the course of three centuries, not only the arrangements, but tin- very names of the Con gregations have been varied ; some of them have dis appeared as having no longer any )\ns<>n d etre ; such as those which were concerned with the administration of the Papal States. The name of one of the>e, the Sagra Consults, a sort of Council of State and Cassation, has a picturesque interest, because its name still adheres to the Palace of the Concilia, opposite to the Ouirinal, which is now occupied by the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs. Others have become merged, either for want of business, as in the case of the Congregazione dell Immmiitii, which has been united with the Cungregazione del Concilia, or to prevent clashing, as in the case of the Congregazione dei Vescoi-i e Regolari, which happened as far back as the reign of Sixtus V. There have also been temporary Congregations for special purposes,* but

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the principle of government inaugurated by Sixtus V. more than three hundred years ago has been maintained without interruption. Leo XIII. , however, added a new machinery to several of the Congregations : to those, for instance, of the Propaganda, of the Vescovi e Regolari, of the Concilia, and of the Sacred Rites, he added a consultative body of prelates who were deprived of their occupation by the loss of the Papal States. The Pope assigns to each new Cardinal the duty of serving in four Congregations. If they do not reside in Rome they are excused from attendance ; their nomination merely gives them the power of taking part in the Congregations of which they are members, when they enter the precincts of the Holy City. On the other hand, the Cardinals who reside in Rome devote all their time to Congregations ; they are, therefore, both members ad pompam, and working members in the Congrega tions. The first, in various parts of the world, are busy with their dioceses ; the second would have nothing to do if it were not for the Congregations, and they cannot leave Rome without the Pope s permission. Three Cardinals form a quorum for a Congregation ; the most important Congregations have over thirty Cardinals serving in them, of whom ten or fifteen may live in Rome. Since the seventeenth century the Congregations have had Prefects. The Pope nominates them, taking into consideration their ability, their know ledge, and their temperament. For some Congregations, for example, a knowledge of law is more necessary, and for others, theological learning. Before the institution of Prefects the senior Cardinal present used to preside. If the matter is merely formal the Prefect and Secre tary of the Congregation practically settle it. There are


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other cases in which their decision, though they are quilt competent to give it, has to have the sanction of the Pope.

The procedure in important and contentious questions is very different. Certain details the Secretary sub mits himself to the Congregation ; but very momentous matters he puts into what we should call a brief, and places it in the hands of a Cardinal, who is called a Puncnt, the day before the Congregation. If it is one of the Congregations which has a consultative body of prelates attached to it their opinion is taken before the Congregation meets. If there is a dispute between two parties, the pitas of both are lodged by their advocates with the Cardinals, for in the Roman Con gregations the pleading is all done in writing. At the meeting, the Poncnt lays the business before them and i;ivfs his volt. The decision is by numbers ; there is no debating ; the Cardinals say Yes or No ; sometimes they say Nihil, which means that they have nothing to say, and sometimes Dilutathat is, adjourned.

When the meeting is over the Monsignor Secretary recapitulates the arguments ; mentions which Cardinals voted for and which against, and records the decisions. The Cardinal Ponent guarantees its correctness, and writes below the minute Ita est This is so. Once a week Ihe Secretary has an audience with the Pope, and submits the various decisions. The Pope either ap proves them or summons the Cardinals to a further examination. After this, when Ihe decision has been sealed by the Prefect and the Secretary, it acquires the force of law.

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Those of the Holy Office, the Bishops and Regulars, the Sacred Rites, and the Concilia } are very much occupied ; the others have more leisure. They have their archives, which contain innumerable precedents, and their etiquette. Formerly certain matters of an undeter mined nature could be referred to more than one Con gregation, but the application can now only be made to one Congregation. If the Pope permits an appeal, it is laid before the same Congregation again. If a deci sion were obtained in any other Congregation it would not be valid.

I must now give a brief sketch of the Sacred Con gregations and Commissions. The first of the Con gregations is the S. Romana ed Universale Inquisizione (the Inquisition), which has the Pope himself for its Prefect, and includes Cardinal Vincenzo Vannutelli for its Secretary, and ten other Cardinals. Its business is the examination of heresies and doctrines. Called technically La Congregazione della Inquisizione, it is spoken of generally as The Holy Office.

In 1542, Paul III. made six Cardinals " Commis sioners on the affairs of the Faith, Inquisitors-General and Generalissimi." Paul IV., the persecuting Caraffa Pope, gave the Congregation its present form in 1558, except that it is deprived of the support of the Temporal Power, and can only rely on the activities of the Pro paganda. Doctrines suspected of heresy are examined by it, but the examination of books belongs to the Congregation of the Index. It is more devoted to pre serving the Purity of the Faith. The question of miracles comes before it. The Visionaries of Loigny were condemned by it. Discipline as well as Orthodoxy is in its charge ; it has to grant the dispensations from

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fasting, permissions for mixed marriages, and so on. It meets three times a week in its Palace at the back of St. Peter s. The assessor is the most active member of this Congregation ; it is his duty to keep the Pope en rapport.

The second is the Congregazione Consistoriale (Consis- torial Congregation), which again has the Pope for its Prefect, and sixteen Cardinals, but at present has no secretary. Its work is to consider and investigate all matters relating to the nomination of Cardinals. The office is in the Cancelleria,

The third, until the recent Motu Proprio of the Pope, was the Congregazione sopra lo Stato dei Regolari (Con gregation on the state of the Monastic Orders). It had its offices in the Cancelleria , and existed for enforcing and considering the rules of the regular clergy. It has ju->t been merged in the Congregazione Vescovi e Regolari. The fourth is the Congregazione S. Visita Apostolica, which has the Pope for its Prefect, the Cardinal Vicar, Cardinal Respighi, for its President, and three other Cardinals. This Congregation is for visiting and report ing upon the Churches of Rome, and regulating the celebration of Masses which have been founded. It has its office in the Cancelleria.

The fifth is the Commissione Pontificia per la Reunione delle Chicsc Dissidenti (the Pontifical Commission for the Reunion of the " dissenting " Churches). It has the Pope for its Prefect, and seven Cardinals among its members. It was created by Leo XIII. to facilitate the accomplishment of the union between the Eastern and Western Churches, and the absorption of other churches of Christendom by the Roman Church. Its offices are in the Vatican.



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of the Council of Trent formulated a catechism and a code, the aboutissement of the Catholic Faith. Pius IV., in 1564, charged eight Cardinals to see that its decrees were observed. They had merely to keep a watch when any point arose on the sense or bearing of a decree, for only the Pope might settle it. The Pope remained the sole legitimate interpreter of the Council of Trent. But Sixtus V., in 1587, assigned to the Congregation the duties of interpreting its disciplinary decrees, only reserving to himself dogmatic questions. This made this Congregation the authority on ecclesiastical dis cipline. For nearly two hundred years there have been annual volumes of its judgments, which Goyau calls, " the arsenal of the canonists." Difficulties of the con science, and demands for the nullification of marriage come before it. It revises the acts of Provincial Councils and Diocesan Synods, and decides in cases of disciplinary divergence between priests and their bishops.

The ninth is the Congregazione Specials per la Revisione de Concili Provincial^ Presa dalla Stessa S. Congrega zione del Concilia, which has also Cardinal Vincenzo Vannutelli for its Prefect, and six other Cardinals. Its offices are in the Cancelleria. It has the same Prefect and Secretary as the Congregation of the Concilio. In this Congregation is included a Commission for the examination of the relations of the Apostolic Visitors for the Dioceses of Italy. Cardinal Vincenzo Vannutelli is also Prefect of this, and it includes five other Cardinals.

The tenth is the Congregazione Immunita Ecclesiastica (the Congregation upon the immunity of the Clergy). This is, for the present, provisionally attached to the Congregazione del Concilio, with Cardinal Vincenzo Vannutelli for its Prefect. It was established by


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Urban VIII. in 1622. Goyau dismisses it briefly and pithily : " The privileges of clerks, the questions con cerning the competence of Ecclesiastical Tribunals, the conflicts between Imperial and Spiritual jurisdic tions, were in its care." In Catholic countries these immunities are in general abolished or reduced by Concordats. In other countries they are not recognized at all, which explains the decadence of the Congregation of Immunities. The very well-informed Almanacco Italiano says : * This Congregation used to occupy itself with the ecclesiastical privileges of the clergy of the whole world ; but after the universally accepted theory of the rights of man, started by the French Revolution in 1789, the Ecclesiastical Court was abolished everywhere, and this Congregation was reduced to preserving the memory of its antique privileges."

The eleventh is the Congregazione Residenza dei Vescovi (Residence of Bishops). The Cardinal Vicar, Cardinal Respighi, is its Prefect. Its offices are in the Can celler ia. Its function is to study the applications of Bishops who desire with good reason to change or retire from their dioceses.

The twelfth is the Congregazione de Propaganda Fide. Cardinal Gotti is its Prefetto-Generale, Cardinal della Volpe is its Prefetto dell Economia, and it includes twenty-one other Cardinals. Its special objects are the propagation of the Faith and the government of the Church in other countries. The Palace of the Propaganda in the Piazza di Spagna is one of the landmarks of Rome. A prominent feature of the establishment is the polyglot printing of religious works. This is the most important of all the Roman Congregations, so important that its Cardinal Prefect is called the Red Pope, as the head of


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the Jesuits is called the Black Pope. It occupies itself with everything that has to do with missions in all countries, and under it are the Bishops, Delegates, Vicars, and Prefects who propagate the Faith in heathen countries. It confers the title of Missionary Apostolici. No Minister of Foreign Affairs is so well-informed upon African affairs and the affairs of the Far East, and the remote islands of the South Pacific, as the Prefect- General of the Propaganda. In connection with the " Propaganda " are a Commission for Examining the Constitution of New Religious Institutes, with Cardinal Satolli as its President, and two other commissions.

The thirteenth is the Congregazione de Propaganda Fide per gli A flan del Rito Orientate, with Cardinal Gotti for its Prefetto-Generale and Cardinal della Volpe for its Prefetto dell Economia. This also has a commission for the revision and correction of the books of the Oriental Church, under the direction of two Cardinals, with offices in the Palace of the Propaganda in the Piazza di Spagna.

The fourteenth is the Congregazione Azienda Generate della Rev. Camera degli Spogli, with Cardinal della Volpe as President. Its offices are in the Palace of the Propaganda. Its duties are " administering the affairs and recuperating the receipts of vacant benefices " (Tuker and Malleson).

The fifteenth is the Congregazione del Indice (the famous Congregation of the Index), which has Cardinal Steinhuber as Prefect. It includes twenty-four other Cardinals and has Monsignor Lepidi, the Maestro del Sacro Palazzo Apostolico, for its Assistente-Perpetuo. Its offices are in the Cancelleria. This Congregation was the outcome of the Reformation. Paul IV., with the


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assistance of the Holy Office, prepared the first Index Expurgatorius of books which the faithful were forbidden to read. Pius IV. published a second in 1564. It was S. Pius V., in 1571, who created the Congregation of the Index. According to Goyau, the procedure is as follows : The denounced book is given to one of the twenty-nine consulting Prelates by the Friar-Preacher, who acts as Secretary, to read. He prepares a report, which is printed. Under the chairmanship of the Secretary, a preparatory meeting composed of six of the Con- sultori, and the Maestro del Sacro Palazzo, who is also a Predicante, and used to have the licensing of all the books printed in Rome, is held, and prepares an avis. Then the Cardinals of the Congregation of the Index meet. They deliberate in the first place if the book is worthy of condemnation ; in the second place, if its condemnation is opportune, since in these insidious days books are sometimes written with the express purpose of getting placed on the Index Expurgatorius as an advertisement. If they are not clear as to the course to be pursued, they postpone the case for further examination. When their decision is matured, they acquit the book, or condemn it, either outright or subject to correction. But every condemnation is submitted by the Secretary to the Pope for his assent."

The sixteenth Congregazione is the Sacri Riti, Indul- genze e Sacre Reliquie (Sacred Rites, Indulgences, and Sacred Relics), which until the recent Motu Proprio of the Pope was the Congregazione dei Sacri Riti, which has Cardinal Cretoni for its Prefect, Cardinal Tripepi for its Pro-Prefect, and has among its numbers thirty-one other Cardinals, including all the most important. Its offices are in the Cancelleria, and various commissions


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arc affiliated to it, such as the Commissione Liturgica, the Commissione Storico-liturgica, and the Commission for the Vatican s publication of the Libri Liturgici Grcgoriani, and the Commissione per la Musica e il Canto Sacro. "The official Prelates" attached to this Congregation are equally important : Monsignor Pifferi, the Pope s Sacrist, Mons. Piacenza, the Protonotary Apostolic, the Dean, and two of the Auditors of the Rota the Maestro del S. Palazzo Apostolico (Mons. Lepidi), the Promotore dell a I<cde (Promoter of the Faith), and his assessor ; and the Masters of the Pontifical Cere monies (Maestri dcllc Ccrimonie Pontificic), and the othiT members of the Rota can be called to its delibera tions. In addition to which there are eighteen Con- sultori, a hymnographer, a scrittorc, an archivist, and so on. This is because the prayers and hymns of the Church are revised by this Congregation. The intro- durtion of images and statues into churches comes before it, and the celebration of Mass at unprescribed times. Canonizations, upon which Urban VIII. and Benedict XII. were the principal legislators, come before this Congregation.

The seventeenth, until the recent Motu Proprio of the Pope, was the Congregazione delle Indulgenze e Sacre Reliquic (the Congregation of Indulgences and Sacred Relics), which had Cardinal Tripepi for its Prefect, and thirty -six other Cardinals, among its numbers including all the most important. Its offices were in the Cancetteria. It dealt with all questions relative to indulgences, and the authenticity of " relics " ; but it has just been merged in the Congregation of Sacred Rites, which is now called the Congregazione Sacri Riti, Indulgenze, e Sacre Reliquie.


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The eighteenth is the Congregazione Cerimoniale, which has Cardinal Oreglia (Dean of the Sacred College) for its Prefect, and thirteen other Cardinals. In this Congregation the Maestri delle Cerimonie Pontificie are consulted. Its work is to consider all questions of cere mony which are not strictly liturgical, such as recep tions, court etiquette, and so on. Its office is at the residence of its Secretary, the Pope s Director of Cere monies, at the Palazzo of S. Maria Maggiore.

The nineteenth is the Congregazione Esame dei Vescovi in Teologia. No Cardinals are attached to this at present ; in fact, its only official is the Maestro del S. Palazzo Apostolico. Its duty used to be the examina tion of the bishops-elect in theology and canon law. But now that they are exempted from this formality it exists only in name.

The twentieth is the Congregazione Reverenda Fabbrica di S. Pietro, which has the Arch-Priest of St. Peter s, Cardinal Rampolla, for its Prefect, and five other Cardinals, and has its administrative, legal, and technical sections, as well as its architects and its Studio del Mosaico, with Professor Nobili at the head of its atelier. The Secretariat of the Reverenda Fabbrica is at No. 2, Via D Aracceli, where orders to go over the Crypt of St. Peter s have to be countersigned. The sole duties of this Congregation are the maintenance and repair of St. Peter s, the administration of its property, and the dispensing of pious legacies and such matters.

The Studio del Mosaico (Mosaic Factory of the Vatican), which copies in mosaics famous pictures for various churches, is under its control.

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pilgrimage church of Loreto on the Adriatic coast, where the Sacred House or Home of the Virgin Mary was trans ported by angels from Nazareth to a grove of laurels (laureto). Cardinal Merry del Val, the Pope s Secre tary of State, is its Prefect, and it includes thirteen other Cardinals. Its office is in the Palace of the Dataria Apostolica, near the Quirinal. There is an unfinished Palazzo Apostolico at Loreto, and in the old days the Congregation dealt with the whole town, which was very important on account of its immense number of pilgrims. Hut since the occupation of the town by the Italian troops its jurisdiction only extends to the Sacred House itself, and a strip of ground two yards wide all round it. The n-st of the Church, like the rest of the diocese, is under the Bishop of Loreto.

The twenty-second Congregazione is that of Affari Ecclesiastici Extraordinary, which includes sixteen most important Cardinals, and has its offices at the Vatican. Its duties are to examine politico-religious affairs in the relations between the Holy See and all foreign Govern ments. The duties of this Congregation are treated more fully in the chapter on the Duties of the Secretary of State.

The twenty-third Congregazione is that of the Studi, which has Cardinal Satolli for its Prefect, and thirty- one other Cardinals. Its offices are in the Cancelleria. It was created by Leo XII. , in 1824, chiefly for the instruction of the people in the Papal States, who are no longer the Pope s subjects. It confers the power of giving degrees on certain ecclesiastical colleges in Rome, and has under its patronage the Roman Catholic Uni versities founded abroad. It deals with education in general and the erection of Catholic L^niversities, and


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confers Academic degrees which are recognized in all countries. To these must be added the Pontificia Com- missione per gli Studi Biblici (Commission for Biblical Studies), which is under the direction of Cardinals Rampolla, Satolli, Merry del Val, Segna, and Vives y Tuto, and has established a special room well furnished with Protestant, as well as Catholic, books of reference in the New Leonine Library.

The Commissione Cardinalizia per gli Studi Storici (Cardinals Commission for Historical Studies) is under Cardinals Capecelatro and Segna, and has its offices in the Vatican. It was founded by Leo XIII. in 1883. This was one of that Pope s measures for making the Vatican a great scientific centre.

The Commissione Cardinalizia per I Opera " Prae- servationis Fidei " (the Cardinals Commission for the Work of the Preservation of the Faith), which includes six Cardinals.

The Commissione Cardinalizia Amministratrice dei Beni della Santa Sede (the Cardinals Commission for the Administration of the Property of the Holy See), which has Cardinal Merry del Val for its President, and nine other Cardinals.

The Penitenzieria Apostolica, which has Cardinal Serafino Vannutelli for its Grand Penitentiary and Monsignor Carcani, an auditor of the Sacra Rota, for its Regent. Its offices are in the Cancelleria, and its " duty is to consider difficult and referred cases of conscience, the ultimate referee being the Pope him self " (Tuker and Malleson).

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Sommista. Its offices are naturally in the Cancelleria, the superb palace erected by Bramante near the Campo dei Fiori, upon the site of the library of Pope S. Damasus. Its principal duty is the despatch and registration of Papal Bulls.

The Dataria Apostolica has Cardinal di Pietro for its Cardinal Pro-Datario, and Monsignor Francesco Spol- verini for its Sotto-Datario. It has various departments : that of the Appointments to Benefices (Sczione dclle Collazioni Beneficiali\ with Monsignor Guerri as its Prefect ; that of the Matrimonial Dispensations (Sczione dclle Dispense Matrimoniali), with Monsignor Jorio as its Prefect ; its Accountant s office (Computistcria\ its Cashier s office (Cassa\ and its Of/icio dclle Spcdizioni per la Via dcnominata de Curia, presided over by the Cardinal Pro-Datario himself, which has twenty-six Spedizionieri Apostolici. Its offices are, of course, in the Dataria Palace.

In the three centuries and a half between Martin V. and Pius VII. the archives of the Dataria amounted to 6,690 volumes ; they record all the petitions granted by the Pope in that time. When the Pope grants a petition, the Dataria stamps the date upon it : this is its function and gives it its name. The Datario, since the office is held by a Cardinal, is called the Pro-Datario, just as a Cardinal is never a Nuncio, but a Pro-Nuncio. The Cardinal Pro-Datario is called oculus papae (the eye of the Pope). Goyau says, " If the machinery which it controls were to stop, the life of the Church would be paralyzed."

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violet, according to the season of the Liturgical Year, the petitions for the Pope s approval, which the Pope signifies with the words " Fiat ut petitur " (" Let it be done as it is desired "). Then the Sotto-Datario retires with his purse and his petitions, while the Cardinal consults the Pope about vacant benefices.

The Officio del Sostituto del S. Concistoro has no Cardinal.

Lastly, there is the Elemosineria Apostolica ed Officio dei Sussidi Pontifici, of which Monsignor Costantini is Almoner, which has its offices in the Vatican.

I must confine myself to the history, personnel, and less known buildings of the Vatican ; the institutions, as well as the better-known museums, must be excluded, or the book would exceed all reasonable limits. For this reason I can only advert to the famous Papal Bulls and Briefs. The Bull is, of course, so called from the Bulla or lead seal appended to it. This name is applied to the Papal Edicts.

A Papal Bull, centuries old, with its yellow parch ment and faded ink and clean-cut leaden seal, bearing the images of the Apostles Peter and Paul, suspended from a hempen cord, is not only highly picturesque, but has the very odour of sanctity. For it opens amid the bold flourishes of the old engrossers, with the words (in the case of the Bull of Clement VIII. in my posses sion), " Clemens episcopus, servus servorum Dei," and is dated always from the year of the Incarnation of the Lord, as well as the Pope s own Pontificate. "Anno Incarnationis Dei millesimo quingentesimo nonagesimo secondo, anno pontificatus nostn primo," is the register of all existing Bulls. Tuker and Malleson define a Brief as a letter addressed to a Sovereign, society


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or individual, beginning with the words which form the heading of a Bull, but with the text immediately following them on the same line. They are dated Anno Nativitatis Domini. Besides these, there are the Brcvi ai Principi, which are letters written on parchment to princes and bishops, and persons whom the Pope especially desires to honour ; and the Encyclicals, circular letters in which the Pope communicates some idea of his to the Bishops, begin ning Venerabiles Fratres. They were instituted by Innocent XII. at the end of the sixteenth century. Lastly, there are the Latin Letters, written on paper and sealed with the Pope s Privy Seal instead of the Fisherman s Ring. Goyau, with a touch of sarcasm, says that they are used to write to less important persons, such as Catholic authors who desire to shelter their works under a Papal recommendation.



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CHAPTER XII.

THE VATICAN AND FRANCE.*

(By His Grace the Archbishop of Westminster.)

THERE is conflict at this moment between the Church in France and the Ministry in power in that country. Were we to believe the accounts circulated by one section of the Press, and generally received in England, we should be led to imagine that the whole blame is with the Church, and especially with the Holy See ; that the one desire of the French Government is to give a due measure of liberty and independence to the Church ; and that all would be well were it not for the intolerance of the " clericals," as they term them, who have no claim to represent sound Catholic feeling. They tell us that these clericals are the sworn enemies of the Republican system of government; that they would destroy it if they could ; and that, therefore, in very self-defence they must be crushed, and that Christianity, and even the Catholic Church, will be the gainers thereby.

Let us look at facts. It is no doubt perfectly true that many Frenchmen, especially in the early days of the Republic, hoped for a restoration of one or other of the previous forms of government. This they did, not because they were Catholics, but because by

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tradition, by family reasons, and by historical preference they were convinced that such Governments, identified as they were with glorious epochs of the past, would make for the honour and well-being of their country. Hopes of such restoration have become very faint, and cer tainly have for a long time past constituted no danger to the present order of things. But at no time have the authorities of the Church, whatever the preferences of individuals may have been, departed from the loyalty which duty dictates to a constituted authority. If there is a conflict now, if there has been almost constant difficulty in the past, the fault is not with the Church or with the authorities that rule her.

The third Republic has been in existence thirty-five years. During at least twenty-five years of that time the successive Ministries which have governed it have been imbued with the anti-Christian spirit, and with the desire to banish the name of God and the guidance of Christianity from the public life of the country. It is no longer matter for conjecture that Ministers have over and over again derived their inspiration from the Masonic sects, which in France do not conceal their hatred of Christ and of His teaching. It is because the Catholic Church in France represents the historic Christianity of that country that she is attacked. Could she only be overthrown, there would be no Christianity surviving for any length of time in that country. There is no hostility on the part of the Church to the Republican form of government. When legitimately constituted it claims and receives full allegiance. That allegiance in all essential things has been given even to the Third Republic of France, and if her rulers had but been animated by a different spirit, long ago the


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Republic might have gained not only loyal service, but the whole-hearted affection of all its citizens without exception. Sympathy has been alienated, conflict has been aroused by ruthless trampling upon the cherished convictions of millions of the most devoted sons of France.

I allude, in the first place, to the treatment of the religious orders and congregations. These institutes of various kinds are an integral, though not essential, part of the organization of the Catholic Church. With out them a great part of her work can hardly be accom plished. They exist for every kind of beneficent and educational work, in which, by their devotedness, they surpass, while in efficiency they fairly compare with, the efforts of those around them. On these institutes the wrath of various French Ministries has descended, not because they were inefficient, nor because they could be taxed with crime, but simply and solely because they were a great power in the Catholic Church, and thereby in the defence of Christianity. Twice have they been scattered : once, twenty-five years ago, when churches were closed, monasteries disbanded, and worshippers scattered by the armed forces of the State, without trial, without opportunity of defence, for no reason save that, in exercise of their inherent rights, men had chosen to live together and to unite all their powers and energies in the service of the Church. During the last few years the same violation of personal liberty has been accomplished with greater completeness and with greater outrages against the feelings of every civilized man. In every way save by the shedding of blood the religious of France, both men and women, have been treated in a manner that is simply inhuman. Their

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houses have been taken from them ; they have been deprived of their property wherever the Government could lay hands upon it ; they have been obliged to leave their country or to abandon the community to which they had devoted themselves for life. I often wonder whether folk in England understand all that has taken place ; that hundreds of houses which were private property have been seized ; that their inmates have been expelled ; and that the property has been put up for public auction ; that thousands of men and women have been driven out of their own country as the sole means of continuing the life they had chosen ; that thousands, especially of the women, have been unable to find a new home for themselves, and are con demned to penury and to want of the necessities of life, because their dwellings and their means of subsistence had been arbitrarily and brutally taken from them. Many have been forced to seek a livelihood in domestic service, others have had no resource but to tend cattle in the fields, while large numbers have failed to find any means of existence. And these things have been done in many cases after the religious had been assured that they and their belongings would be respected, if only they would seek authorization from the State and make known what they possessed for the informa tion of the Government. Truly they were deceived and cajoled in order that they might be more effectually despoiled. Who will be bold enough to assert that the existence of these religious women was a menace to the safety of the State, or that the treatment that they have received can be characterized as other than a cruel, unmerited, and incredibly harsh spoliation ?

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the Holy See has been marked by the same disregard of elemental rights. I will pass as briefly as I can over the various points in which, in the judgment of every Catholic, the Supreme Authority of the Church has been set aside.

(i) By the first article of the Concordat of 1801, the free exercise of the Catholic religion was formally recog nized. The Holy See conceded to the French Govern ment the right of nomination to episcopal sees, reserv ing to itself the granting of canonical institution. It is absolutely impossible for the Sovereign Pontiff to pledge himself to grant such institution unless he is satisfied as to the canonical fitness of the nominee. Hence occasions may arise in which the Pope, for con scientious motives, is bound to refuse canonical institu tion to a person named to a bishopric by the Govern ment. Every Catholic knows that this is the case, every Minister in France is perfectly aware of it. Happily such occasions have been very rare. But M. Combes, in search of a quarrel in which he might make the Holy See appear in the wrong, took care that such occasions should arise. He made choice of men to whom the Holy Father could not, without violation of his duty as Supreme Pastor on earth of the flock of Jesus Christ, grant canonical institution. In every point in which he could yield he gave way ; in proof of this witness the controversy on the clause, " Nobis nominavit." M. Combes insisted. See after see became vacant, and remained vacant to the detriment of reli gion. The Holy Father expressed his willingness to accept some of the candidates put forward by M. Combes, but he declared that in conscience he could not accept them all. Then M. Combes invented a

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ne\v and previously unheard-of theory, namely, that sees must be filled in the order in which they became vacant, and that the Holy See must accept all the can didate s whom he had chosen, or that all the widowed dioceses must remain without Bishops. He then pro- <vr< led to the unspeakable impertinence, contrary to all agreement and precedent, of publishing the names of his choice, leaving the bearers of them to arrange matters as best they could with the authorities in Rome. This state of things continued until the violent breaking of the Concordat, and at that moment at least fourteen sees were without Bishops.

2 The same indifference to Catholic right and sen timent was evinced in connection with President I.oubet s visit to Rome in 1904. To understand the attitude of the Holy See on this point, we must briefly n-call the events of 1870. It is of sovereign import ance to Catholics all over the world that the Supreme PaMur of the Church should be absolutely independent in the exercise of the authority Divinely entrusted to him. To this end he must not be the subject of any Temporal Ruler, lest the temporal interests of that Ruler should be made to interfere with his spiritual authority, and thus lessen his influence and independence in dealing with the world-wide religious interests which are committed to him. This Pontifical Independence, as it is termed, is essential to the free, full, and un lettered exercise of the authority of the Sovereign Pontificate. Whenever it is lessened or impaired, the Catholic world protests, and rightly complains that an essential right of the Church is being violated. For a thousand years it was felt that this Pontifical Indepen dence could not exist without a Temporal Sovereignty,


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and the Temporal Power was conceived as a necessary correlative of Spiritual Independence.

By force, by deceit, by the mockery of a Plebiscite, that Temporal Sovereignty was set aside thirty-six years ago, by men who believed or feigned to believe that their cherished dream of a United Italy rendered this outrage of International Law, and this spoliation of a weaker neighbour, an action of which men might approve. The order of things which had guaranteed the independence of the Holy See for many centuries was swept away. What was offered in its place ? The so-called Law of Guarantees. I need not discuss the provisions of that law. Were it all that its framers and admirers pretend that it is, did it satisfy every wish and desire of the Holy See, still it would be utterly worthless and valueless in the eyes of Catholics as the safeguard of that which they hold most sacred, on account of the radical and fundamental flaw in the ground upon which it rests. It is the creation of that most unstable thing, a fluctuating Parliamentary majority. The power that made it can unmake it to-morrow, and this is all that is offered to the Holy See and to the Catholics of Christendom in place of the Temporal Power which was the safeguard of the Ponti fical Independence amid all the changes which have transformed the face of Europe. Can we wonder, therefore, that Pius IX. and Leo XIII. and Pius X. have never ceased to declare that the present position of the Papacy is unsatisfactory and abnormal, and most detrimental to the sacred cause of which it is the highest embodiment ? And on this account the Holy Father has never consented to receive at the Vatican the Chief of any Catholic State, who by an official visit to the


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King of Italy at the Quirinal has seemed to accept as normal and satisfactory the existing condition which the Government of Italy has forced upon the Holy See. A visit to the King of Italy in such circumstances could not be regarded as other than an intentional affront to the Sovereign Pontiff. These things were perfectly wc-11 known to the President of the French Republic, and in 1902 the then Minister of Foreign Affairs officially denied the disquieting rumours that M. Loubet in tended to pay a visit of this character. But in 1904 such a visit was actually paid, and the hope was ill- concealed that the Holy Father would feel himself so affronted as to break off all diplomatic relations with France, and thus enable the French Ministry to avoid the odium of that rupture of the Concordat to which they were so rapidly hastening.

(3) I need not refer at length to the sad incident of the resignation of the Bishops of Laval and Dijon. Any unprejudiced man who will read the actual documents as they are set down in the Vatican White Book, that can be so easily procured, must admit that the action of the Holy See was characterized by the greatest pru dence, gentleness, and patience, while the French Ministry could not conceal their anxiety to find fresh grounds of difficulty and to hasten to the end of the fatal dispute which culminated in the abrupt breaking off of diplomatic relations on July 3oth, 1904. Through out the whole of this excessively painful controversy the Holy Father could not have acted otherwise than he did without failing in the duty of his office.

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was a bilateral contract, entered into by the Holy See on the one hand and by France on the other. In spite of this, it has been set aside without any communica tion with the Holy See, without any attempt at arriving at a mutual agreement as to modification or abroga tion. The anti-Christian faction was determined to bring about a rupture ; they endeavoured and failed to throw the blame thereof on the Holy See, and at last they broke the agreement which had lasted more than a hundred years.

The Concordat made some slight provision for the needs of the Church to replace the endowments which had accumulated during many centuries, and which had been confiscated in the Great Revolution. These subsidies, in defiance of all justice, are now denied to the Church.

Ecclesiastical buildings may still be held for eccle siastical purposes, but in such a way and under such conditions that the constitutive rights of the Church are ignored. The associations cultuelles, which under the new law are to be the holders and administrators of ecclesiastical property, have been condemned by the French Episcopate, and that condemnation has been solemnly confirmed by the Sovereign Pontiff.

The bishops and clergy of France are thus deprived of all legal right to the endowments which were un doubtedly given for ecclesiastical use, and to the build ings which had no purpose but an ecclesiastical one in the minds of those who founded them ; and they are told that, if they wish to continue to enjoy the use of these buildings, they must conform to regulations which are at variance with the constitution of the Church. It is the old attempt in a disguised form to set up a


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Civil Constitution of the clergy, without regard to the law of the Church herself.

\\V have been told often already, and we shall hear the same thing again, no doubt, that the only object vhich the framers of these laws had in view is to deliver tlio Church from the bugbear of Clericalism, and to make it truly free and independent. These things are said more frequently here in England ; they would cause a smile in most quarters of France. No one who knows the facts will be misled for a moment by these pretty statements. If there is a fierce conflict to-day between -hurch and State, it is because men are in power who hate Jesus Christ and who hate the Christian faith, and they know full well that the one real opponent with whom they have to count is the Catholic Church. To destroy her, if they can ; to weaken her by internal dissensions or by schism, if they cannot destroy this is their aim. In moments of candour they do not deny it, though for the most part their object is disguised.


PART II.

PARTS OF THE VATICAN NOT GENERALLY SHOWN TO THE PUBLIC.


CHAPTER I. THE ORIGIN OF THE VATICAN.

THE Vatican is not one oi the seven hills of Rome, and, as Mr. Dyer points out in the " Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography/ it was even less a part of the city than the Janiculum ; it was not included in the walls of Aurelian. The origin of the name itself is uncertain. One theory is that it was derived from Vates, a seer or prophet, because the Romans gained possession of it from the Etruscans through an oracular response Vatum responso expulsis Etruscis ; another from Vati- cinia, which means prophecies or oracles. Mr. Dyer, a very great authority, has even less confidence in Niebuhr s assumption that there was an ancient Etruscan city there called Vatica or Vaticum. The flat ground round it was called the Campus Vaticanus ; and it was here that the great dictator Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus had his farm of four acres, the Prata Quinctia, which have impressed their name on that portion of the city.

As it is the first legend connected with this famous site, I will quote the passage from Livy which tells how the envoys found Cincinnatus when they went to tell him that he had been chosen Dictator in the crisis of the war with the Sabines. " They sent for the consul Nautius, yet not supposing him capable of affording


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them sufficient protection, resolved that a Dictator should be chosen to extricate them from this distress, and Lucius Ouintius Cincinnatus was accordingly appointed with unanimous approbation. Here they may receive instruction who despise every quality that men can boast, in comparison with riches ; and who think that those who possess them can alone have merit, and to such alone honours and distinctions belong. Lucius Ouintius, the now sole hope of the people, and of the Empire of Rome, cultivated a farm of four acres on the other side of the Tiber, at this time called the Quintian meadows, opposite to the very spot where the duck-pond stands. There he was found by the deputies, cither leaning on a stake, in a ditch which he was making, or ploughing ; in some work of husbandry he was cer tainly employed. After mutual salutations, and wishes on the part of the commissioners that it might be happy both to him and the commonwealth/ he was requested to put on his gown, and hear a message from the senate. Surprised, and asking if all was well ? he bade his wife, Racilia, bring out his gown quickly from the cottage. When he had put it on, after wiping the sweat and dust from his brow, he came forward, when the deputies congratulated him, and saluted him Dictator ; requested his presence in the city, and informed him of the alarming situation of the army. A vessel had been prepared for Quintius by order of government, and on his landing on the other side, he was received by his three sons, who came out to meet him ; then by his other relations and friends, and afterwards by the greater part of the patricians. Surrounded by this numerous attendance, and the lictors marching before him, he was conducted








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to his residence." After he conquered the .Equians, and on the sixteenth day, Cincinnatus resigned the Dictatorship, which he had received for the term of six months.

Dyer points out that there were no buildings in this quarter before the time of the Emperors ; and that almost the only one of any note in all antiquity was a sepulchre the tomb of Hadrian.

The second important mention we get of the hill is that of Caligula building a Circus here for racing in the gardens of his mother Agrippina. The Circus in which St. Peter was crucified should be called the Circus of Caligula, and not that of Nero, who merely adopted it ; though its ruins in the Middle Ages were called the Palace of Nero.

Tacitus tells us in his history that the district was noted for its unhealthy air ; while Cicero says that its soil was unfruitful ; and Martial execrated its wine in an epigram : " Vaticana bibis, bibis venenum " (" If you drink Vatican wine you drink poison").

At this point we must go to Lanciani, who informs us that two roads issued from the bridge called in differently Vaticanus, Neronianus, or Triumphalis, which spanned the river between S. Giovanni dei Fiorentini and the hospital of Santo Spirito. The Via Triumphalis, which corresponds to the modern Strada di Monte Mario, and the Via Cornelia, led to the wood lands west of the city between the Via Aurelia Nova and the Via Triumphalis.

When the Apostles came to Rome, in the reign of Nero, the topography of the Vatican district, which was crossed by the Via Cornelia, was, says Lanciani, as follows :

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Caligula, and finished by Nero ; on the right, a line of tombs built against the clay cliffs of the Vatican. The Circus was the scene of the first sufferings of the Christians, described by Tacitus in the well-known passage of the Annals/ xv., 45. Some of the Christians were covered with the skins of wild beasts, so that savage dogs might tear them to pieces ; others were besmeared with tar and tallow, and burnt at the stake ; others were cruci fied (crucibus adfixi), while Nero, in the attire of a vulgar Auriga, ran his races round the goals. This took place A.D. 65. Two years later the leader of the Christians shared the same fate in the same place. He was affixed to a cross like the others, and we know exactly where. A tradition current in Rome from time immemorial says that St. Peter was executed inter duas metas (between the two metae)."

Inter duas mctas is considered by scientific historians to signify the spot marked by a square stone just out side the Sacristy of St. Peter s. It was formerly marked by the obelisk,* which now stands in the Piazza of St. Peter s, and was removed to its present position for Sixtus V. by the architect Fontana in 1586.

This obelisk, says Lanciani, is the only relic left of the famous Gardens of Agrippina, the mother of Caligula. It is a monolith of red granite, brought over from Heliopolis, and is the only one which has not been thrown down since the fall of the Empire. It is first called the guglia, or needle, in a Bull of Leo IX., 1053, wno a ^ so calls it the tomb of Julius Caesar, thinking that the bronze globe at the top held his ashes.

Leo XIII. allowed a tablet to be put up on the wall close by, declaring this to be the scene of the execu-

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tion ; but he had not reckoned on the clamour that would be provoked. There was a tradition a few centuries old that it had taken place on the spot marked by the Tempietto of Bramante, in the cloister of the church of S. Pietro in Montorio on the hill called the Janiculum in the time of Lars Porsena of Clusium, and now called the Passeggiata Margherita, and by other names. The monks of S. Pietro in Montorio make a respectable income out of selling dust from the sacred spot, and did not relish the idea of losing it. S. Pietro in Montorio is under the protection of Spain ; and the Spanish Ambas sador to the Vatican was instructed to demand the removal of the obnoxious tablet. The Pope yielded, but scientific opinion has been too strong, and the Vatican is soon to make a pronouncement on the subject. The whole controversy hangs upon the words, " Inter duas metas." St. Peter is recorded to have been buried inter duas metas : common sense would apply the words to the two goals of Nero s Circus in which he was executed ; but the contention of the monks of S. Pietro in Montorio can best be understood from Professor Marucchi s lucid summarization, which I here translate. :< According to the Apocryphal acts of St. Peter, which may date as far back as the third or fourth century, St. Peter was crucified near the Palace of Nero near the Obelisk of Nero, and tradition adds, Inter duas metas Now there was no obelisk on the Janiculum, but there was a celebrated obelisk in the Gardens of Nero, not far from the Temple of Apollo, and exactly between the two metae of the Circus. Later on it was pretended that the two metae must be looked for in the two pyra mids called the tombs of Romulus and Remus ; one was by the Porta S. Paolo (this was what we now call the


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pyramid of Caius Cestius), the other, which was destroyed in the time of Alexander VI., stood near S. Maria Traspontina.

" According to the Liber Pontificalis, St. Peter was buried in the place of his martyrdom, that is to say at the Vatican. It was there, as we know from other authorities, that the first victims of Nero were buried in the year 64 A.D. Monsignor Lugari pretends that the Janiculum was the place especially sot apart for crucifixion."

It is in vain that the partisans of the Janiculum seek a proof in the direction nc.ir the Xaumachia ; for, though it is true that there was a Naumachia at the foot of the Janiculum, there was another actually in the Gardens of Nero. Marucchi says that the tradition in favour of S. Pietro in Montorio was due to scholars who misinterpreted documents, and that up to the fourteenth century there was no important tradition of St. Peter here.*

He has the great authority of Lanciani to support him, who tells us that for many years after the peace of Constantine, the exact spot of St. Peter s execution was marked by a chapel, called the Chapel of the Crucifixion ; that the meaning of the name and its origin, as well as the topographical details connected with the event, were lost in the darkness of the Middle Ages ; that the memorial chapel lost its identity, and was believed to belong to Him who \vas crucified that is, to Christ Himself ; and that it disappeared seven or eight centuries ago, about the time when the

  • In the last year of the thirteenth century, Giotto painted for Cardinal Stefaneschi a

panel of the Crucifixion of St. Peter, which is now preserved in the Sacristy of St. Peter s, and reproduced in this book on the opposite page. On it the Apostle is represented as being crucified midway between the Meta Romuli and the tomb of Caius Cestius (Meta Remi).



The Crucifixion of St. 1 eler by Giotto now in ihe Sacristy of St. Peter s. The earliest known work of art in which the Tomb of Romulus and the Tomb of Caius Cestius are shown as the DuaeMetae. I- roin Pistoles? s " // [ (t/ff ano."


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words inter duas metas, by which the spot was so exactly located, lost their proper interpretation and began to be applied to the tomb of pyramidal shape for which the Latin word also is meta the meta of Remus being that which we now call the Pyramid of Caius Cestius, and the meta of Romulus, a pyramidal tower which once stood near the Church of S. Maria Traspontina. There is a curious monumental evidence of this on the stone screens (preserved in the crypt) of the Confessio of Old St. Peter s, which Matteo Pollaiuolo executed for Pope Sixtus IV. in the middle of the fifteenth century. Pere Dufresne, in his " Les Cryptes Vaticanes," says, "The Apostle was put to death, according to ancient documents, inter duas metas. Abandoning the natural interpreta tion, one would see in these metae, namely, that they are those of the Circus of Nero ; it was believed at the end of the Middle Ages and during the Renaissance that they were the Pyramid of Caius Cestius and a sort of tower constructed near S. Maria Traspontina. These two monuments are represented in the panel of the martyrdom of St. Peter on each side of the cross. The relatively modern tradition to which they refer has no lack of partisans, but it is otherwise difficult to sustain." Dufresne adds that there is the same confusion on the old Bronze Doors of St. Peter s with regard to St. Peter s martyrdom. These were made in 1445, by Filarete and Simone Ghini, for Eugenius IV., whose reign was about forty years earlier than that of Sixtus IV.

Lanciani goes on to show how the line of the Via Cor nelia can be traced by the classical tombs discovered at various times along its borders ; and gives a very clear plan showing how the Via Cornelia, in passing along the north edge of the Circus of Nero and Caligula,

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cut right through Old St. Peter s east and west, inter secting the Confessio just at the south of St. Peter s tomb. It must, in fact, have intersected the site occupied by the chapel of St. Peter s tomb in the crypt to-day. The old tombs destroyed by the Emperor Elagabalus, in fact, were on the site of the nave of Old St. Peter s, and were re-discovered in the time of Paul V. scattered all round the tomb of St. Peter. We need not here enter into the disputed question whether Linus, the second of the Popes, was buried near St. Peter, though Lanciani accepts the evidence. " It seems hardly- possible for anyone to doubt that St. Peter was buried here by Linus and Anacletus, successively second and third Popes." Even Mr. Bernard W. Henderson, in his great " Life and Principate of the Emperor Nero," pub lished by Methuen & Co., allows that he was executed on this spot ; for he says that " the Church of S. Pietro crowns the site of his martyrdom, as, in Catholic belief, it enshrines, not the memory alone, but also his holy relics. Tradition and in this respect it is absolutely worthy of all credence never varies in choosing Rome as the city where he ended his life by his triumphant death. Thither he had come but a few months perhaps before his end. Thence he had written his great Catholic Epistle, bearing undismayed witness to the peril which threatened all the Christians." Mr. Henderson s opinion is of great value, because he can be most iconoclastic. A few pages earlier he is ruthless in disposing of the idea that St. Peter went to Rome in 42 A.D. " Saint Peter, who vanishes from the Scripture records between the years A.D. 42 and 51, going, says St. Luke simply, f to another place, is held to have proceeded from Jerusalem to Rome, there to have preached the Gospel


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and founded the Roman Church some fifteen years before his greater colleague St. Paul addressed his epistle to that Church. None of these traditions can be accepted as even probabilities."

One thing must be remembered: that there is no inherent improbability in the tomb having survived. The Romans spared the tombs even of Carthage, and, as Lanciani says, the privileges which the Roman law allowed to sepulchres, even of criminals, made it pos sible for the Christians to keep these graves in good order with impunity. Of the successive buildings which grew up round the tomb of the Apostle I shall speak in another chapter.


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THI-: beginnings of the Vatican Palace arc almost lost in antiquity. But they may be traced back historically to the Kpiscopia which Pope Symmaclms (.498-514) erected. The buildings were much enlarged In- Innocent III. 1198-1216 . and, of course, by Nichola HI [277-1280), who, (iregorovius says, may be regarded as " the earliest founder of the Vatican residence in its historic form. As early as the begin ning of the sixth century the Vatican basilica was surrounded by a mass of buildings, chiefly chapels and mausoleums, but including one or two monasteries. In the time of Stephen II. 752 these were largely increased, and mingled with houses for pilgrims and a multitude of people who made a living by ministering to their wants. As early as the days of S. (ire-gory III. (73*- 741) there were three monasteries; and Stephen II., in 752, added a fourth, and built the bell-tower of the atrium oi the basilica, which he overlaid with gold and silver. Gregorovius considers that the belfry towers which form such a feature of the basilicas of Rome, began in the eighth century. Stephen also restored the ruined tomb of the wives of the Emperor Honorius, which stood outside St. Peter s by the present Sacristy, into a chapel which he dedicated to S. Petronilla, who is supposed to have been the daughter of St. Peter. He left at any


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rate one of the graves undisturbed, of which the con tents were discovered and ruthlessly destroyed under Paul III., as related elsewhere. Innocent III., one of the greatest men who ever sat on the throne of St. Peter, and who reigned from 1198-1216, con tinued the buildings at the Vatican begun by his predecessor, Celestine III. He not only enlarged it, but surrounded it with walls and gate towers.

The Vatican, standing on a hill beside the Tiber, and within strong walls erected by S. Leo IV. (a magnificent fragment of which still remains in the Vatican Gardens), was a much safer residence for the Popes, when rioting was going on, than the Lateran. So the Popes, from this time onwards, made the Vatican their principal residence. Innocent IV. (1243-1254), the arch-enemy of the Emperor Frederick II., also enlarged the Vatican. But the conception of the Vatican, as we have it, must be attributed to Nicholas III., Gian Gaetani Orsini (1277- 1280), and Nicholas V., Thomas of Sarzana (1447-1455). The Orsini s architects were two Florentines named Fra Sisto and Fra Ristori. Gregorovius tells us how he made the approach to the Vatican free, and planned the gardens, surrounding them with walls and towers. His foundation was called the Viridarium Novum, from which the gate beside St. Peter s received the name of the Port a Viridaria. The feeling for nature thus again woke, and for the first time for centuries the Romans saw a park laid out."

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residence at the Vatican, which has been their principal residence ever since. Gregory XII. (1406-1409), who had fortified himself in the Vatican against Louis of Anjou and John XXIII., united the Vatican with SanC Angelo by a walled-in passage. In the same year live large wolves were killed in the Vatican Gardens.

Nicholas V., the simple scholar of humble birth, who founded the Vatican Library and was the first of all the Popes to appreciate and try and preserve the glorious buildings which they had inherited from ancient Rome, also conceived the magnificent idea of making the Vatican Hill rival the Palatine- with its Imperial Palaces and gardens. The ruinous Borgo," says Gregorovius, " was to become a gigantic Papal city. From a piazza in front of SanC Angelo, three streets forming the l /cw.s (^urialis, were to lead to the Piazza of St. Peter s, with six great porticoo, covered markets, workshops for artists, and banks of exchange. He contemplated the Pope and the entire Curia dwelling in the most mag nificent of palaces, a combination of sumptuous build ings and parks. The palace was not to have its equal on the earth. He would even construct a theatre for the Imperial coronations, a hall of Conclave, and a theatre for spectacles. The Papal fortress was to be entered through a splendid triumphal gate. A new cathedral with a lofty cupola, in the form of a Latin cross, with two towers in front of the vestibule and spacious buildings at each side for the clergy, was to be erected in the place of the ancient basilica."

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and part of the wing which, now bears the name of the Borgias.

The buildings of Paul II. (1464-1471), the magnificent Venetian Pope who erected the Palazzo di Venezia, have entirely disappeared. But Sixtus IV. (1471-1484), the first of the two della Rovere Popes, whose conceptions were smaller, immortalized himself by his contributions to the Vatican, for he built the Sistine Cnjpel, whose walls he had frescoed by the greatest masters of his day, Perugino, Pinturicchio, Ghirlandajo, Botticelli, Cosimo Rosselli, and Luca Signorelli.

It must be borne in mind that the end wall over the High Altar now occupied by Michel Angelo s " Last Judgment," was originally filled with three frescoes by Perugino. The " Last Judgment " was not painted till more than half a century after Pope Sixtus s death, and Michel Angelo did not begin the ceiling to which the chapel owes its fame until twenty-four years after that Pope s death. But the exquisite screen by Bregna, in the manner of Mino da Fiesole, was executed for him. Gregorovius is right in saying that t\is chapel, built in 1473, is " more a hall than a chapel; simple to barrenness, it seems nothing more than the beautifully decorated scene for Papal functions. It breathes no air of reli gious feeling. And only to its purpose, and to Michael Angelo s paintings, does the Sistina owe the fact that it has become the most celebrated chapel in the world." Raffaelle designed the tapestries, which bear his name, to fill the bare spaces on the walls below the Fifteenth- Century frescoes. When these, the most impressive of all tapestries, were in their places, the tout ensemble must have been almost beyond rivalry. Sixtus IV. also built under his chapel a library which was afterwards


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converted into a store-house, though it was considered, when he built it, the most sumptuous in the world. Innocent VIII. (1484-1492) had a beautiful villa con structed for his use in the Vatican Gardens, as Pius IV. and Leo XIII. did after him. Their casinos are still used for their original purpose : this, which was called the Villa Belvedere, was constructed for him by Antonio Pollaiuolo about 1490, and decorated with frescoes by Mantegna, which have perished. It was about a quarter of a mile from the Vatican Palace until Julius II. con nected them, (iregorovius calls it Innocent s finest work, and Innocent was a man of taste, and built a good deal. His successor, the execrated Borgia Pope, Alexander VI. (1492-1503), in the midst of all his am bitions and excesses, found the time and money to embellish the Vatican with one of its greatest glories, the Appartamenti Borgia, the suite of rooms embellished by Pinturicchio with frescoes, which, as chamber decora tions, have no superiors, except the same artist s glorious frescoes illustrating the career of Pius II. in the library of the Cathedral of Siena. His successor, Pius III., survived his elevation for less than a month, and then came the magnificent megalomaniac, Julius II. (1503 1513), who packed all the gigantic works of his Pon tificate into a brief ten years.

In the period from the accession of Nicholas V., to the death of Leo X. (1447-1521), a space of seventy-four years, there were ten Popes, and all except three of them had generous ambitions for the extension and embellishment of the Vatican. Pius III., Francesco Piccolomini, who was only Pope for twenty-six days, cannot be counted. Calixtus III., the first Borgia Pope, and Pius II., ^neas Sylvius Piccolomini, had an honourable reason for


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suspending their building operations, for the capture of Constantinople by the Turk under Mahomet II. a few years before filled them with apprehensions for the fate of Christendom, unless fresh crusades could be organized by leaguing all the Christian Princes. But the spectre soon diminished when the Papacy entered into a not very honourable treaty with the Sultan Bajazet II. for detaining his brother and rival for the throne, Prince Djem, as a sort of state captive in the Vatican, in con sideration of a huge annual sum. Djem, when he was defeated by Bajazet, fled to the Knights of St. John at Rhodes, who had distinguished themselves by defying the assaults of his brother. The crafty Knights would not surrender him, but undertook to keep him a prisoner if the Sultan paid thirty-five thousand ducats a year and promised to maintain a lasting peace with Christen dom. For greater safety the Knights sent him to France, where he remained imprisoned for nearly seven years, when Innocent VIII. secured the custody of his person and the money paid by his brother, in return for facilitating the marriage of the King of France with the heiress of Brittany, which did not up till then belong to the French Crown, and by making the Grand Master of the Knights a Cardinal. The Sultan also presented to the Pope the Lance (head) which claimed to be the actual weapon with which the Side of Our Lord was pierced, and was con sidered to be the genuine relic rather than those previously shown at Paris and Nuremberg.

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Belvedere to the Vatican by the Cortile of the Belve dere, which, before it was intersected by the Library and the Braccio Xuovo, was twelve hundred feet long. Bramante \vas the architect : he designed the upper part for a garden terrace, the lower for a tournament ground. One cannot help being reminded of the neighbouring Circus of Caligula and Xero, out of which, as the place ol St. Pcter ^ execution, the whole Vatican group of buildings grew. The Piaz/a," says Gregorovius, was to be surrounded with a beautiful portico with three- rows of pilasters, one above the other, and to end in huge niches, an upper one for the Belvedere, and a lower one with rows of seats for the spectators of the games. Xicholas V. had already entertained the idea of a secular theatre in the Vatican, and would have had classic comedies represented there. Julius II. would probably instead have given the Romans combats with animals and tournaments. Even later Popes had games ol chivalry celebrated in the courtyard of the Belvedere, although not in the theatre, as Julius II. had intended."

Julius was so impatient to see this magnificent con ception carried out that he ordered the work to be con tinued day and night, but he died when only one portico was finished. And the masonry had been so badly exe cuted that in less than thirty years the walls required a support, and, half a century after that, the completion of Bramante s idea was rendered impossible by Sixtus V. building the great hall of his library right across the quadrangle.

But Julius also commissioned, and Bramante built, the Cortile of S. Damaso, one of the most wonderful in the world, for it is of vast size and is surrounded on


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three sides by the triple arcades of the Loggie, which Gregorovius calls the " most successful imitation of

the antique an unequalled example of vigour,

lightness, and grace. Some of them were frescoed by Raffaelle, and he was the architect, who completed them after Bramante s death. Julius II. is hailed as the founder of the Vatican Museum ; for not only did he commence the collection in the Belvedere, the converted Villa of Innocent VIII., but he enriched it with his own statue of Apollo, named after the Belvedere, with the Laocoon, with the Torso of Hercules, and with the Ariadne. It was for Julius that Michel Angelo executed his immortal paintings on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, which made it the most celebrated chapel in the world. This was a task of almost filial piety, for it put a finishing touch on the chapel of the uncle, born Francesco della Rovere, to whom Julius owed his elevation.

Leo X., Giovanni de Medici, had the same magnificent and Maecenatic tastes ; it was he who completed the Loggie of S. Damaso under the direction of Raffaelle. It was he who had ten of the designs intended for these Loggie not executed in the Loggie, but in the Vatican tapestries woven at Arras in 1514. They were to hang on the walls of the Sistine Chapel below the frescoes : they are now kept in the Galleria degli Arazzi. Of them Gregorovius wrote : " In these Raffaelle ascends from the idyl to the drama in its loftiest and most exalted conception. In artistic unity of treatment and vigour of action, these designs surpass any of his works in the Stanze, and are his most consummate and grandest creations." Raffaelle s Stanze were originally commissioned by Julius II., and completed under Leo X. Raffaelle himself did not live to complete his task.


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Leo X. appointed Raffaelle architect of St. Peter s, and custodian of all the antiquities of Rome and the city territory. It was in these capacities that Raffaelle, who had a passion for the monuments of antiquity, conceived the famous scheme for making an illustrated plan of the city, in which he was engaged at the time of his death. He sets it forth in the letter long attributed to that Conte Haldassare Castiglione whose portrait painted by him is one of the chefs (Cifurrc of the Louvre. There are many persons," says he, Holy Father, who, estimating great things by their own narrow judg ment, esteem t he military exploits of the ancient Romans, and the skill which thev have displayed in their build ings, so spacious, and so richly ornamented, as rather fabulous than true. With me, however, it is widely different ; for when I perceive, in what yet remains ot Rome, the divinity of mind which the ancients possessed, it seems to me not unreasonable to conclude that many things were to them easy which to us appear impossible. Having, therefore, under this conviction, always been studious of the remains of antiquity, and having with no small labour investigated and accurately measured such as have occurred to me, and compared them with the writings of the best authors on this subject, I con ceive that I have obtained some acquaintance with the architecture of the ancients. This acquisition, whilst it gives me great pleasure, has also affected me with no small concern, in observing the inanimate remains, as it were, of this once noble city, the queen of the universe, thus lacerated and dispersed. As there is a duty from every child towards his parents and his country, so I find myself called upon to exert what little ability I possess, in perpetuating somewhat of the image, or rather


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the shadow, of that which is in fact the universal country of all Christians, and at one time was so elevated and so powerful, that mankind began to believe that she was raised beyond the efforts of fortune and destined to perpetual duration. Hence it would seem that time, envious of the glory of mortals, but not fully confiding in his own strength, had combined with fortune, and with the profane and unsparing barbarians, that to his corroding file and consuming tooth they might add their destructive fury ; and by fire, by sword, and every other mode of devastation, might complete the ruin of Rome. Thus those famous works, which might otherwise have remained to the present day in full splendour and beauty, were, by the rage and ferocity of these merciless men, or rather wild beasts, overthrown and destroyed ; yet not so entirety as not to leave a sort of mechanism of the whole, without ornament indeed ; or, so to express it, the skeleton of the body without the flesh. But why should we complain of the Goths, the Vandals, or other per fidious enemies, whilst they who ought, like fathers and guardians, to have protected the defenceless remains of Rome, have themselves contributed towards their destruction. How many have there been, who having enjoyed the same office as your Holiness, but not the same knowledge, nor the same greatness of mind, nor that clemency in which you resemble the Deity ; how many have there been who have employed themselves in the demolition of ancient temples, statues, arches, and other glorious works ! How many who have allowed these edifices to be undermined, for the sole purpose of obtaining the pozzolana from their founda tions ; in consequence of which they have fallen in ruins ! What materials for building have been formed


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from statues and other antique sculptures ! Insomuch, that I mii^ht venture to assert that the ne\v Rome which we now see, as lar^e as it may appear, so beautiful and so ornamented with palaces, churches, and other buildings, is- wholly composed of the remains of ancient marble. Nor can I reflect without sorrow, that even since I have been in Rome, which is not yet eleven years, so inanv beautiful monuments have been destroyed ; as the obelisk which stood in the Alexandrian road, the unfortunate arch, and so many columns and temples, hiefiy demolished bv M. Rartolommeo della Roveiv. It ought not, therefore, H<>1\ Father, to be the last object <>! your attenti(>n, to take care that the little which now remains of this the ancient mother of Italian glory and magnificence, be not, by mean- of the i jiorant and malicious, wholly extirpated and destroyed ; but may be preserved a< a testimony of the worth and excellence of those divine minds, by whose example we of the present day are incited to great and laudable undertakings. Your object, however, is rather to Fave the examples of the ancients to speak for themselves, and to equal or surpass them by the erection of splendid edifices, by the encouragement and remunera tion of talents and of genius, and bv dispensing amoni; the Princes of Christendom the hle^ed seeds of peace. For as the ruin of all discipline and of all arts is the consequence of the calamities of war, so from peace and public tranquillity is derived that desirable leisure, which carries them to the highest pitch of excellence." After this introduction, the author proceeds: " Having, then, been commanded by your Holiness to make a design of ancient Rome, as far as it can be discovered from what now remains, with all the edifices of which


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such ruins yet appear as may enable us infallibly to ascertain what they originally were, and to supply such parts as are wholly destroyed by making them correspond with those that yet exist, I have used every possible, exertion, that I might give you full satisfaction, and convey a perfect idea of the subject."

Hadrian VI. (1522-1523), who succeeded Leo X., was not an Italian at all ; but he only lived a year, and was succeeded by another Medici, Clement VII. (1523-1534). It was in his reign that the devastating sack of Rome under the command of the Due du Bourbon took place, which did more damage to the precious monuments of art and antiquity than any other catastrophe which ever befell the city. For the invading army included many Protestants. " The Protestant Germans, under Friindesberg, considered the smashing of images, the ransacking of churches, the tearing of priestly vest ments, and the razing of convent and monastery as part of their religious duty. They felt to the elaborate paraphernalia of the Roman Church much as the Early Christians did to the stone and marble gods and temples of the heathen. In each case the loss to art has been the same."

When the Imperial army withdrew, Clement VII. came out of the Castle of Sant Angelo, behind whose im pregnable walls he had taken refuge, and had Raffaelle s Stanze finished by his pupils. Clement VII. was succeeded by Paul III., Alessandro Farnese (1534- 1549), wno commissioned Michel Angelo to paint the Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel, for which three famous frescoes by Perugino were destroyed. This was unveiled in 1541. For the same Pontiff Michel Angelo also painted the two great frescoes in the Paoline


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Chapel, which, like that noble but baroquely painted chamber, the Sala Regia, was built for Paul by Antonio da Sangallo. Julius III. (1550-1555) had a stately flight of steps made for the Belvedere by Michel Angelo. Marcellus IT. was elected and died in that same year, 1555. Paul IV. 1555-1550 , (iian Pietro Caraffa, notorious as the Pope who took the most active part in the cruelties of the Inquisition, is also notorious for having had clot lies painted round the figures of Michel Angelo s Last Judgment during Michel Angelo s life time. In delightful contrast to him was his successor, Pius IV., (iiovanni Angelo de Medici 1^^^-1565) ; he ordered the great Court of the Belvedere to be finished after the plans of Bramante by Michel Angelo, who loathed the very name of Bramante ; for him was built the exquisite garden-house of the Vatican, Pirro Ligorio s masterpiece, the Villa Pia, the nearest to a classical building of any work of the Renaissance. Pius V. was the last Pope canonized as a saint ; he was too much taken up with the Turks to build much. It was in his reign that the great Battle of Lepanto was fought, which so pervades the Gargantuan frescoes of Sixteenth- Century Rome. In it the Venetian and Spanish fleet, commanded by Don John of Austria, and the Papal fleet, commanded by Mark Antonio Colonna, sank ninety Turkish galleys and captured one hundred and eighty, killed thirty thousand Turks, and took ten thousand prisoners, and freed fifteen thousand Christian slaves, with the loss of only fifteen galleys and eight thousand men. Gregory XIII., the Buoncompagni Pope, (1572-1585), was more than a maker of Calendars, though it is for the Gregorian Calendar, which we still use, more than three centuries later, that his name is a household


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word. He built the Loggie which connect the Loggie of Raffaelle with the apartments occupied by the Pope, and was a great patron of painters Federigo Zucchero, whom he employed on the Paoline Chapel ; Vasari, whom he employed on the Sala Regia, and others. But his fame as an embellisher of the Vatican is utterly eclipsed by that of his successor, the famous Sixtus V., Felice Peretti (1585-1590), the building Pope, with whom, in his brief reign of five years, the Romans thought that the Renaissance was beginning again. Nothing pleased Sixtus V. ; he wished to move the obelisk near the Sacristy of St. Peter s which marked the site where St. Peter was crucified into the centre of the Piazza in front of St. Peter s. It weighed nearly a million Roman pounds, but Fontana, the architect, was given carte blanche, and set about his task with eight hundred men, one hundred and fifty horses, and forty- six cranes. The story of its removal is one of the most famous passages in Hare : " The obelisk was first exor cised as a pagan idol, and then dedicated to the Cross. Its removal was preceded by High Mass in St. Peter s, after which Pope Sixtus bestowed a solemn benediction upon Fontana and his workmen, and ordered that none should speak, on pain of death, during the raising of the obelisk. The immense mass was slowly rising upon its base, when suddenly it ceased to move, and it became suspected that the ropes were giving way. An awful moment of suspense ensued, when the breathless silence was broken by a cry of Acqua alle funi ! ( Wet the ropes ! ), and the workmen, acting upon the advice so unexpectedly received, again saw the monster move, and gradually settle on to its base. The man who saved the obelisk was Bresca, a sailor of Bordighera, a village

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of the Riviera di Ponente, and Sixtus V., in his gratitude, promised him that his native village should ever hence forth have the privilege of furnishing the Easter palms to St. Peter s. A vessel laden with palm-branches, which abound in Bordighera, is annually sent to the Tiber in the week before Palm Sunday, and the palms, after being prepared and plaited by the nuns of S. Antonio Abbate, are used in the ceremonial in St. Peter s. The obelisk was formerly called St. Peter s Needle Aguglij di S. Pidru ;. In the Middle Ages it was believed that the bronze globe on the summit contained the ashes of Julius Cesar."

It was Sixtus who built the wing of the Courtyard of S. Damaso, which has been the residence of the Popes ever since. It was Sixtus who built the great hall of tin- Vatican Library, two hundred and twenty feet long, which, with its brilliant decorations in Pompeian style, is one of the finest chambers in Rome. But it destroyed the tmest cortile in the world, the Courtyard of the Belve dere built by Bramante to connect the Villa Belvedere with the Vatican, which it cut clean in half. It is the actual palace of the Popes, built by bixtus, though finally completed by Clement VIII., Ippolito Aldobran- dmi ,[1592-1005, who condemned poor Beatrice Cenci to death;, and succeeded him after the brief reigns of Urban VII. [1590,, Gregory XIV. [1590-1591,, and Innocent IX. ^1591, that palace which dominates the attention of the spectator as he lifts up his eyes to the hill of the Vatican from the Piazza of St. Peter s. Clement VIII. was also the Pontiff whose chance it was to gaze upon the tomb of the Apostle when its vaulting fell in while they were building the New St. Peter s. It was lie who built the chapel in the crypt in front of the


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tomb in the form of an inverted cross, and erected the altar in that most sacred place. He was succeeded for a few months by another Medici, Leo XI. - 1605, 3 and then by Paul V., Carniilo Borghese 1605-162 i y , who built the two great fountains in the Vatican Gardens and cared for the fortunes of his family in a more than usually open way. His successor, Gregory XV. , Alessandro Ludovisi - 1621-1623,, did nothing for the Vatican ; he- devoted his energies to promoting the Order of Jesus. He canonized St. Ignatius Loyola and St. Francis Xavier, and founded the Propaganda, which Gregorovius, in his " Tombs of the Popes/ calls the largest institution in the world. His name has been given to the mush room quarter of Rome in which new hotels and boarding- houses spring up every day. But it was called, not after him, but his nephew, Cardinal Ludovico Ludovisi. It was he who founded the Ludovisi collection, including the famous Juno, which has found its way to the National Museum in the Baths of Diocletian. Nor did he, as might have been imagined, found the Universita Gregoriana in the Collegio Romano. That was rounded by Gregory XIII. in 1582. The next two Popes, Urban VIII. and Innocent X., distanced all their pre decessors in their zeal for the endowment of their families. Urban VIII., Maffeo Barberini 1623-1644,, was not onlv a nepotist ; he was such a vandal in tear ing down ancient buildings to use their materials in his own constructions, that Roman wit coined the proverb, " Quod non jecerunt Barbzri, fecerunt Barberini," which may roughly be translated, What the bar barians would not do, the Barberini did." But Lrban VIII. may be forgiven something for the magnificence of his ideas. For he built the Barberini Palace, the


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greatest ornament to Rome of all the vast buildings erected by Popes or Cardinals, except St. Peter s itself. And he repaired the walls of Rome, especially that part which surrounds the Vatican Hill, with tremendous bastions, more like the rocks of nature than the works of man. And it was he who gave the original commission for that hill of stone, the Scala Regia, the enormous State staircase designed by Bernini for the Vatican. Also the Barberini Library, collected prin cipally by his nephew, Cardinal Francesco Barberini, purchased by Leo XIII. for the Vatican Library, is worthy of mention among the greatest collections which have gone to form the Vatican Library. It was Urban VIII., too, not Clement VIII., according to some, who put the finishing touches on the apartments founded by Sixtus V., which are the residence of the Popes. At all events, he added to Sixtus V. s great work, the Vatican Library, in order to house the Biblioteca Palatina, which had lately been bequeathed to it. And it was he who established the armoury in the rooms above the library to keep his army properly fitted out, just as he restored the walls of his capital against invaders.

His successor, Innocent X., Giambattista Pamfili (1644-1655), did little for the Vatican; his designing sister-in-law, Olimpia Maldaichini, who founded the gigantic wealth of the Pamfili family, saw to that. His successor, Alexander VII., the Chigi Pope (1655- 1667), was public-spirited enough. He will always be remembered as the patron for whom Bernini erected the glorious colonnade of the Piazza of St. Peter s, one of the very few works with which the megalomaniac Popes succeeded in rivalling the megalomaniac Emperors of


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Rome. It was he, too, who completed the superb Scala Regia, where he re-erected the famous bronze doors of Innocent VIII. , which had already been adapted by Paul V. Another commission which he gave to Bernini, the Sala Ducale, cannot be accorded equal commendation it is vulgar even for its age. Clement IX., Giulio Ros- pigliosi, reigned from 1667-1669; Clement X., Emilio Altieri (1670-1676), Innocent XL, Benedetto Odescalchi, (1676-1689), Alexander VIIL, Pietro Ottoboni (1689- 1691), Innocent XII., Antonio Pignatelli (1691-1700), Clement XL, Giovanni Francesco Albani (1700-1721), Innocent XIIL, Michel Angelo de Conti (1721-1724), Benedict XIIL, Vincenzo Maria Orsini (1724-1730), Clement XIL, Lorenzo Corsini (1730-1740), Benedict XIV., Prospero Lambertini (1740-1758), Clement XIIL, Carlo Rezzonico (1758-1769) ; though these and others of the Popes added to the Vatican collections, none of them made any substantial additions to the buildings till Clement XIV., Lorenzo Francesco Ganganelli (1769-1774), who with his successor, Pius VI., Angelo Braschi (1775-1799), converted the gardens of Inno cent VIII. s Belvedere Villa into the Museo Pio- Clementino.

Pius VI. built from their foundations the Sala degli Animali, the Galleria delle Muse, the Rotonda, the Sala a Croce Greca, the Sala della Biga, and the superb staircase that leads up to it. Gregorovius, in his " Tombs of the Popes," draws dramatic attention to the tragic ends of these two Popes : "In the year 1773 he (Clement XIV.) annulled the Order of Jesus. As men hinted, this was as good as if he had taken poison. Soon afterwards his appearance altered, he complained of pains in his vitals, he wasted away like a


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shadow. I am passing into eternity/ he said, and T know the reason why. 1 On September 22, 1774, he died at the age of sixty-nine. His body became black immediately, and decayed so rapidly that it was im possible to lay out the body for the ceremony of kissing his feet. And yet he had possessed an iron constitution, such as seemed capable of lasting till a hundred.

"But still more unfortunate than Clement XIV. was his successor, Pius VI., Braschi. In his reign occurred the dreadful catastrophe of the French Revolution.

" Pius VI. reigned twenty-four years, from 1775 to 1799, seeing many changes and enduring much. He has no tomb in St. Peter s. His body rests in the Grotte Vaticane, his heart at Valence, where Napoleon raised a monument to his memory. Only his statue by Canova kneels upon the floor of the Confession. and will kneel there so long as St. Peter s dome endures above it. Gazing into its sombre depths beyond the circle of ever-burning lamps, one beholds in vague outline the figure of this luckless old man. Who does not know how Pius VI., in the days ol the Franco-Roman Republic, was carried off forcibly from the Vatican, how place after place received the friendless exile, and how at length h? died in a foreign land ? And of the many who wander to-day through the gorgeous halls of the Museum Pio-Clementinum how few remember, amid the endless profusion of ancient masterpieces, the tragic fate of the two Popes who reared it there as an eternal delight for mankind !

" Thus the eighteenth century closed upon the Papacy in exile and despair."

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his vast erudition, that one haunts the beloved pages of Gregorovius.

A much later writer, Mr. J. E. C. Bodley, in his able little book on the great Vatican question of our own day, " The Church in France," talking of this Pope, says : " The constitution was never accepted by the Holy See. It was repudiated by Pius VI., who was destined to die on French soil, the victim of the Revolution. At Valence, a picturesque city on the Rhone, which thou sands of English people rush past every winter without stopping, the register of his death may still be seen in the municipal archives, where it is inscribed, after the manner of the time, as of one, Jean Braschi, who followed the profession of Pontiff.

Pius VI. not only established new ideals with these beautiful halls of the Vatican Sculpture Gallery, which were designed by Sermonetti ; he enriched them with two thousand fine specimens. Hardly, Miss Mary Knight Potter reminds us, had Pius got his collection into his museum before the Treaty of Tolentino, 1797, gave Napoleon the right of carrying them off to France, where they were deposited in the Louvre. And just a year later, on his refusal to renounce his temporal authority, when General Berthier entered Rome, he was taken prisoner and carried to Siena, Florence, Parma, Piacenza, Turin, Grenoble, and Valence, where he died a year and a half after his deposition. Pius VII., the Chiaramonti Pope (1800-1823), was also one of the great embellishers of the Vatican. He founded the vast Museo Chiaramonti, in one of the two great galleries which connect the transformed Villa Belvedere with the original Vatican Palace.

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statuary ; the statues arc not equal to those of the Museo Pio-Clementino, but they are a monument of his courage and love of art, for they are what he collected to replace the depredations of Napoleon. His also is the Gallery of Inscriptions and the Egyptian Museum. It was he who gave ten thousand scudi for the famous antique fresco called the Noz/e Aldobrandini, now shown in the Vatican Library. And it was for him that Raffael Stern built, in 1817, the Braccio Nuovo, the plain gallery, more than two hundred feet long, so admirably designed for its purpose, which houses some of the best statuary in the Vatican.

Like his predecessor, Pius VII. was carried off a prisoner to France : he had asserted the independence and neutrality of his dominions, when ordered to expel the enemies of I ; rance from his territory and their ships from his ports. He refused to resign, and excommuni cated the invaders sent to compel him. He was taken prisoner on July 5th, i8oq, and kept in France till the 2nd of January, 1*14. He had already, in 1804, visited France, under strong pressure, to crown Napoleon. After the French armies had been driven from Germany, Napoleon endeavoured to purchase a new Concordat, offering the Pope the Papal possessions south of the Apennines, but Pius refused to treat with him except from Rome, which he entered on the 24th of May, 1814. It must have been with peculiar satisfaction that, owing to the firmness of the English, he saw all the magnificent statuary taken from the Vatican to the Louvre by Napoleon restored with the exception of a few minor statues. Their value was more than compensated by the magnificent pictures which were sent back from Paris to him, though they had been taken not from him,


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but from various Italian churches. With them he founded the famous Vatican Gallery.

Pius VII. was succeeded by Leo XII., Annibale della Genga (1823-1829), and Pius VIII., Francesco Saverio Castiglione (1829-1831). Gregory XVI., Mauro Capellari (1831-1846), distinguished his reign by two great works. He saved the ancient town and monuments of Tivoli by creating a tunnel and the most majestic of artificial waterfalls to divert the waters of the Anio, which threatened the Tibur of Horace with destruction, and, by his patronage of the brothers Campanari, and his establishment of the Museo Etrusco in the Vatican, he did much for preserving the memory of one of the most extraordinary peoples who have perished off the face of the earth the Etruscans. Gregory was suc ceeded by Pius IX., Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, who reigned longer than any other Pope, and was the first " to pass the years of St. Peter."

No Pope has impressed himself more on the imagina tion of the Romans, for he loved the splendid pageants which passed away with the temporal power nearly forty years ago. And he loved his capital, and did much for its monuments, though he restored sometimes not wisely but too well. His principal addition to the Vatican was the completion of the Cortile of S. Damaso, and the magnificent Scala Pia, which leads up to the actual palace of the Pope.

Leo XIII., Gioacchino Pecci (1878-1903), made one supreme contribution to the glories of the Vatican by restoring the Borgia Apartments, whose frescoes are, after those of the Cathedral Library at Siena, the master pieces of Pinturicchio. These had for many years been almost invisible owing to the tall book-cases in which


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the whole of the printed books of the Vatican Library were crowded. Leo XIII. , as related in the chapter on

the subject, cleared out and entirely reconstituted the apartments under the threat hall of the Vatican Library and various adjoining rooms to form the new Leonine Library, which now contains all the printed books. In conjunction with this work he had the Borgia Apart ments restored bv the art director of the Vatican, Com- mendatnre Lndovico Seit/, who must be allowed to have carried out the work with singular success, lie showed sueh good taste, such a laudable dcsin- to alter as little as po^ible, so much knowledge and drlicacv in removing whitewash and re-backing the frescoes. Pope Leo also converted the Hall of Canonizations into a chapel, and spent a threat deal of money on beautifying the iloors and ceilings of the Gallcrid dcgli . Ir,/.::/ and the Gallcrid dci ( dudehihri. The present Pope succeeded too re cently for his work to show much, but his broad- minded and enlightened regime is certain to result in important and permanent improvements, among which he is contemplating a museum of Old St. PeterV



Kxtenor of < Id Si. 1 eter s, Rome. Reproduced by permission from the British Museum Guide to tin- Karly Christian and Byzantine Antiquities,.


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" FROM the .^lian bridge over the Tiber they traversed the long colonnade which led to the atrium of St. Peter s, with its fountain and its tombs of the Popes. There they witnessed the Pope, John XIII., and his Cardinals receive the Imperial party on the thirty-five steps of the entrance. With martial surroundings and sacerdotal pomp, the mighty Otto, his wife, and son, were con ducted into the basilica of Constantine, which had then been the venerated temple of Rome for six centuries and a half.

" The Vatican Basilica of the tenth century was, of course, wholly unlike the St. Peter s we see to-day. It was quite similar to the restored Church of St. Paul s fuori le Murd, as we now see it, but it was some twenty feet longer and a little wider, and had five naves divided off by four rows of vast monolith columns. There were ninety-six in all, of various marbles, different in style and even in size, for they had been the first hasty spoils of antique palaces and temples. The walls, above the order of columns, were decorated with mosaics, such as no Roman hand could then produce or ever restore. A grand arch, such as we see at the older basilicas to-day, enriched with silver plates and adorned with mosaic, separated the nave from the chancel, below which was the tribune, an inheritance from the praetor s court of old. It now contained the high altar and the sedile of the Vicar of Christ. Before the high altar stood the Confessio, the vault wherein lay the bones of St. Peter, with a screen of silver such as the Greeks called icono- stasis, crowded with silver images of saints and virgins.


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And the whole was illuminated by a gigantic candelabra holding more than a thousand lighted" tapers.

1 he Byzantine visitors were amazed to find the Cathedral of Old Rome so utterly different from their own Hagia Sophia at home. It was nearly one hundred feet longer and not much less in width. Its mosaics its monoliths, and its tribune resembled those of the great temple of Justinian ; but its (lat roof, long aisles, rude workmanship, and want of symmetry roused contempt and pity from the cultivated taste of the Greek artist. The basilica of St. Peter s was, indeed, but a crude adaptation <>f the la\v courts of the C;esars whilst the Church of the Holy Wisdom was one of the most original creations in the whole record of human art. l ; rederic Harrison, in " Thcophano : The Crusade of the Tenth Century: a Romantic Monograph."


I HAVE it on the authority of the most influential of the Cardinals that the Pope is thinking of establishing a St. Peter s .Museum, like the Opera del Duomo at Florence and Siena. As this Museum must consist chiefly of the remains of Old St. Peter s, I shall endea vour to recall all that is known of Old St. Peter s, and to give the best list I can of the remains of it which are to be found in the crypt of the present church and elsewhere. The most important paintings of it are preserved in a little German capital, where a Royal Abbess, who was too infirm to make the pilgrimage to Rome, was accorded the privilege of substituting visits to the church or convent embellished with these paint ings. Various pictures of it, of course, exist in Rome ; and there is a contemporary model of it preserved in the Vatican. But the chief recruiting ground we have for


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ideas for a Museum of Old St. Peter s is the crypt of the present church.

Until the present Pope s reign the crypt of St. Peter s was to the ordinary traveller terra incognita. It was as difficult to see as the museum of the Torlonias, who, unlike the old Roman nobility, rigidly exclude the public from studying their art treasures. Leo XIII. for a long time would allow no one to visit it without his personal permission. He believed that dynamiters wished to blow up St. Peter s, though it is difficult to think that so holy a place would not be sacred even to a criminal in search of advertisement. And a criminal, though regardless of sacrilege, might be deterred by the superstition, universally accredited, that some stupendous misfortune would happen to him who disturbed the grave of St. Peter.*

So firm is the belief, that no attempt has ever been made to restore to public view the glorious cross, weigh ing one hundred and fifty pounds, and of the height of a man, made of pure gold, which the Empress Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, erected at the head of the tomb, and which Clement VIII. (d. 1605) saw lying there, when a portion of the vault fell in. Accom panied by Cardinals Bellarmin and Antoniano, he examined it. He found that it bore the inscription : " Constantinus Aug. et Helena Aug. hanc domum regalem (auro decorant quam) simili fulgore coruscans aula cir- cumdat." He entertained at first the idea of clearing away the ruins and exposing the tomb, but was deterred, possibly by the superstition which is now so universal

  • Since writing these words the impossible has happened an anarchist, for

no imaginable reason, threw a bomb at the venerable and godly Pope who now occupies St. Peter s Throne, while he was celebrating at the Papal Altar.


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at Rome, that even if the Pope were to order the Cross to be removed into the projected Museum, no Roman would take part in the work. Clement had the opening hurriedly closed and covered with a thick layer of masonry. This cross is the most valuable example of its kind known to survive.

In Leo XlII. s day the crypt could only be seen by torchlight, and it would have been easy for a miscreant to have concealed himself in its dark recesses ; but the Vatican authorities have now very wisely had it illu minated with electric light, like the ancient Roman house of S. Cecilia, preserved under her church, and one, at least, of the catacombs. Only, though proper persons are allowed to visit it, the regulations are so puzzling that few people ever achieve admission except under the wing of a high ecclesiastic or Mrs. Pearde Beaufort, a pcrsotui grata at the Vatican, who lectures on the crypt.*

The crypt ol St. Peter s (known to Italians as the Grvttc Vatican?) is amazingly interesting, for the Grotte Vecchie (old crypt), which extends below St. Peter s from the tomb to the entrance, are actually part of the original basilica of Constantino. You stand on the very pavement trodden by the feet of Popes and Kings, and millions of the faithful, for a thousand years. In it are preserved the. grand old Gothic tombs of some of the greatest of the Popes, and in it, fragrant with white roses laid on them by the adherents of the lost cause, arc the tombs of the last three Stuart Kings James III., better known as the Old Pretender ; Charles III., better known as the Young Pretender, or Bonnie Prince

  • Information about these lectures can be obtained at Miss Wilson s English

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Charlie ; and Henry IX., better known as the Cardinal of York unwieldy sarcophagi of painted plaster. These unhappy and with the exception of the Cardinal of York unworthy princes rest here, and not beneath the elegant monument by Canova of an angel with tired wings, which George IV. had the good grace to erect to their memory on the first pier of the nave of St. Peter s. When I say unworthy, I must record this in James III. s favour, that had he seen fit to change his religion for the Crown of England, he would have reigned longer than any of our Sovereigns, not excepting Queen Victoria, for he survived his father by more than sixty-four years. Not many in the history of the world have given up so much for their faith.

The Grotte Vecchie, which fill the space between the floor of Old St. Peter s and the present church, will hardly allow a tall man to stand upright. Here are buried the brilliant young Emperor Otto II., and such famous Popes as Boniface VIII. (died 1303), Hadrian IV. (died 1159), Nicholas V. (died 1455), and Paul II. (died 1471). The fine sarcophagi of Pius II. (/Eneas Sylvius Piccolomini), the most courtly of the Popes (died 1464), and of Alexander VI., the fierce Borgia Pope (died 1503), do not hold their bones ; the latter never did. Hadrian IV. (died 1159), the only Englishman who ever grasped the keys of St. Peter, lies in a mighty sarcophagus of Oriental granite. Paul II., who had the finest tomb of all the Middle Ages fragments of which, carved with incomparable grace by Mino da Fiesole, fill up half the Grotte Nuove (new crypt), lies in a plain sarcophagus, with its front quite overwhelmed by the recumbent effigy on its lid, and covered by an inscription as close as a column of a newspaper. A very simple grave holds the


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greatest of the patrons of literature, Nicholas V. The Emperor Otto II. lies in a plaster leviathan. Christina of Sweden, who gave up her crown to be converted, and Charlotte of Cyprus, who had been spoiled by the H-yptiuns and an unnatural natural brother, and naively asked the Pope to make them disgorge her kingdom, lie under plain incised slabs. Only one woman not a queen rests in Old St. Peter s, Madame Agnes, the Colonna who married a Caetani.

The Grottc Nuove form the sub-structures of the dome, and are more in the nature of a museum than a ceme tery. Most important in them are the frescoes of the old basilica, and some of its glories, like the shrine of the Holy Lance. But there is a statue of St. Peter, older and more beautiful than the statue worshipped above. Its body was a Roman Consul, and its head was changed in the early days of Christianity. Near by are a beau tiful inscription of Pope Saint Damasus about the drainage of the Vatican Hill ; * and the exquisite bas- reliefs from Nero s Garden, winch may have been the inspiration of Mino da Fiesole, whose glorious sculptures, executed for the vast mausoleum of Paul II., fill, with the screen made by Matteo Pollaiuolo for the Old Con- fessio, half these Grottc Nuove. Mino never excelled his figure of Faith, holding a chalice on Paul II. s tomb. Matteo, in his inspired moments, approached Mino ; in his uninspired moments he was no better than his baroque successors. Beautiful, too, are the mosaics on Otto s tomb, and the noble throne on which St. Peter sits in the chapel of S. Maria della Bocciata.

What you can see of the tomb of St. Peter in the

  • This is still in working order under the Court of the Vatican, which bears

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crypt requires scant mention. You look upon nothing ancient, hardly anything mediaeval, or worth remem bering. It was inevitable that all its ancient features should be sacrificed to wealth and piety. Pope Clement VIII., to whom it had been vouchsafed to see the Apostolic tomb, lavished both upon the chapel which he built over it in his gratitude.

I must say no more, till a later chapter, about this rich museum of Old St. Peter s ; I must now try and draw a picture of the basilica itself.

Like the Lateran, St. Paul s Without the Walls, S. Lorenzo Without the Walls, S. Agnese Without the Walls, and SS. Pietro e Marcellino, it was one of the six basilicas attributed to Constantine the Great. No one of them has been suffered to continue in anything like its original state, and Gregorovius will not admit that the evidence in favour of any of them except the Lateran is more than presumptive. He says, in vol. i., pp. 92-93 (Hamilton s Translation) : " It is entirely unknown under what Pope and Emperor the Church of St. Peter was founded ; but besides the unanimous voice of tradi tion, all that can be gathered on the subject from the Acts of the Church, added to the testimony of the oldest chroniclers, lead us to the conclusion that it dates from the time of Constantine. The Liber Pontificalis states that at the request of Bishop Sylvester the Emperor erected a basilica to St. Peter in the Temple of Apollo, and enclosed the body of the Apostle in an irremovable coffin of bronze of Cyprus. The Temple of Apollo in Vatican Territory is certainly only known to legend ; but later excavations have shown that the Church of St. Peter was founded near a sanctuary dedicated to Cybele, whose rites were long celebrated in Rome, and

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survived even after the time when Theodosius knelt at the grave of the Apostle. Legend relates that Con- stantine himself inaugurated the foundation by turning the first spadeful of soil, of which, moreover, he carried tii drc biiskct/itls, in honour of the twelve Apostles. Whether the Circus of Caligula was already destroyed, or whether this occurred during the construction, we do not know ; it is, at least, certain that the basilica was built on one side of the Circus and out of its materials. This site was especially chosen for the Church of the Prince of the Apostles as having, according to tradition, been the scene of his crucifixion, and the spot being further sanctified to Christianity by the martyrdoms which it had witnessed under Nero."

Constantine, in 324 A.D., made Christianity the official religion of the world, and his basilica lasted with ever- increasing splendour till after the Reformation. Eighty- six of the two hundred and fifty-eight Popes were buried in it, and one of them, Paul II., had the most glorious tomb in all Italy. I can hardlv conceive a supreme artist like Bramante destroying it, but destroy it he did. He deserves his nickname of " the miner " (il Rovinante).

The church at Rome which gives us the best idea of Old St. Peter s would be San Clemente, if the Irish College kept the atrium open ; but San Clemente, for all its beauty and immense antiquity, is a small affair. We can understand Old St. Peter s better by com paring it to the basilica of S. Ambrogio at Milan. Gregorovius has told us of the broad flight of marble steps leading up to the atrium, upon which was the platform where St. Peter s successor received the successors of Constantine, when the latter came to pray


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at the grave of the Apostle, or at the later date to receive the Imperial Crown at the hands of the Pope." These admitted to a superb atrium or fore-court, one hundred and seventy feet long, and almost as wide, which was encircled by a colonnade and opened into a huge basilica over three hundred and thirty feet long, consisting of a lofty nave terminating in an apse, four aisles, and a transept, which projected slightly beyond the aisles and divided the nave from its apse. This transept was probably raised above the level of the nave like the transept of the great friar s church of Santa Croce at Florence, and made the church a " T shape, instead of cruciform, like our cathedrals. The nave was enormously high, one hundred and twenty- five feet, and lighted with a clerestory above the archi trave, which rested on nearly a hundred monolith columns of the most precious marbles taken from heathen temples. A double aisle on each side was divided by a row of columns : the roofs were of wood.

Of the original Constantinian Church Gregorovius gives as unflattering a picture as Mr. Frederic Harrison in his " Theophano," quoted above : " The great church was erected in haste. The execution and the work manship were bad, and the style from the first barbarous ; the apse and outer walls were built from materials col lected at random ; the architrave, which rested upon tha, columns within, was pieced out of antique fragments, and even the ancient pillars of marble or granite, ninety- six in number, did not correspond in either capitals or bases. Slabs of marble from the Circus, on which the original inscriptions or Pagan sculptures still remained, served for the threshold. We are surprised to find in the earliest basilica of St. Peter the charac-

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teristic peculiar to so many of the present churches in Rome, namely, the presence of Pagan relics in the shape of fragments, and patchwork of ancient marbles. The interior, which was entered by live doors opening into live nave>, was large and of imposing dimensions. The light descended into the lofty central nave through small arched windows disclosing the rough rafters of the roof, and flickered, now on a pavement formed of a patchwork <t ancient marbles, now on high walls as yet unrelieved bv mosaics."

Hut in process of time the interior became a glorv of mosaics and marbles, and in the preciousness of its materials, the flash of gold and mellowness of colour, must have rivalled the two gems of Christendom St. Mark s and the Royal Chapel at Palermo. Its facade was decorated with a mosaic representing the Lamb of (iod, between animals symbolizing the Evangelists, and at each end of its gable was a huge bronze peacock, the emblem of immortalitv. According to Klaczko, the atrium was filled with a profusion of tlowers and trees palms, cypresses, olives, and ro>e-trees and orna mented on all sides with a handsome Corinthian portico. At the right of the church door rose a slender and lofty bell-tower, of the age of Charlemagne, with a queer little pointed steeple. But the great feature of the atrium was the famous Cantharus, or fountain of lustration, in the centre. It was a magnificent fountain, sur rounded by eight porphyry columns, and protected by a gilded roof, with a great display of dolphins, peacocks, and dragons on it. A colossal pine-cone in bronze, reputed to have been brought from Hadrian s mauso leum, formed the core of the fountain

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founder of Babylon, whom he encounters in the lowest circle of the Inferno, says that the giant s head appeared to him long and large as the pine-cone of St. Peter s in Rome, and the rest of him to correspond. This pine- cone and the peacocks are still preserved in the Garden of the Pigna, which is surrounded by the Sculpture Galleries of the Vatican. It was of this fountain that S. Paulinus of Nola, quoted by Gregorovius (Hamilton s Translation), wrote: "Where the atrium expands into an entrance hall, adorned by the fountain which, refreshing our hands and lips with its welcome flow, gurgles under the shadow of the massive bronze cupola with its four pillars, forming a mystic circle round the gushing waters. Could there be any ornament more befitting the entrance to the church, preparing, as it does, all who come in for the sacred mysteries that await them ? "

Pope Saint Damasus added a Baptistery to the atrium in 366 ; we know from a poem of Prudentius that it had very fine mosaics. In it was placed the famous chair of St. Peter, which has, since the time of Alexander VII. (1655-1667), been preserved in the Tribune of St. Peter s.

Another building outside the main basilica was the famous Templum Probi, which occupied approximately the site of the present sacristy, and was the mortuary chapel of the Anicii, " the celebrated senatorial family which had embraced Christianity earlier than any other in Rome," and which numbered among its heads Gregory the Great himself. Anicius Probus, four times Prefect of Rome, who shared the Consulship with the Emperor Gratian, the last great Maecenas of Rome, was buried in it in the beautiful sarcophagus which is


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now preserved in the Cappella della Pieta of St. Peter s, junius Bassus, whose glorious sarcophagus is in the crypt of the great basilica beside the tomb of the Apostle, was also a member of the family. Near this was the imperial mausoleum built by the Emperor Honorius for hi> wives Maria and Thermantia, the daughters of Stilicho, which was turned by Pope Stephen II. into a circular chapel in honour of S. Pctronilla. 1 have referred to it in the chapter on the Sistine Treasure. " In the time ol Honoriu- the ancient basilica of St. Peter was a large and elongated brick building, the gable of which, snnnountt d by a cross, rose over the pillared, cloister-like vestibule (Gregorovius . It was Honoriu^ who persuadi-d the Kmperor Heraclius to bestow upon St. Peter s the famous gilt bronze tiles of the finest temple Rome ever had that Temple of Venus and Rome, of which the remains at the end of the Forum still fill us with astonishment, and which even the Vandal- had spared. This was the death warrant of the Temple. " Its tiles were removed to cover the roof of St. Peter s, and scarcely a Roman but rejoiced, scarcely one who bewailed the ruin of one of the finest monuments of antiquity " (Gregorovius).

Another great building Pope was Hadrian I. (772- 795), the friend whose name is inseparably linked with that of the mighty Charlemagne, by the famous epitaph preserved in the porch of the present St. Peter s : the Emperor aided him generously in his benefactions. But he was a restorer and embellisher rather than an originator. His principal work was the restoration of what must have been one of the finest architectural orna ments of Rome the great portico which led from the bridge remains of which are still embodied in


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the Bridge of Sant Angelo up to Old St. Peter s. It was he who restored the mosaics of Old St. Peter s, and covered the floor of the shrine with heavy tiles of silver and the walls of the inner shrine with plates of gold embossed with scenes from the Bible ; overlaid the altar with wrought gold ; and erected statues in massive gold of Our Saviour and the Virgin, St. Peter, St. Paul and St. Andrew. Everything else," says Gregorovius, was done with the same lavish splendour. Tapestries of purple and gold were hung between the columns of the nave at festivals. At Christmas and Easter, on the feast of each of the two Apostles, and on that of the Pope, the huge lamp, known as the great Pharos, or lighthouse, was lit. This lamp, which hung suspended from the silver cross-beams of the Arch of Triumph above the shrine, was also the gift of Hadrian, and with its one thousand three hundred and seventy lights well deserved the name bestowed upon it."

The place of Pope Hadrian s great Portico as an archi tectural link between the Tiber and St. Peter s is taken by the noble fifteenth century Archi-Ospedale di Santo Spirito, erected for Sixtus IV. by Caprina mellow old brickwork filling the site of the inn for pilgrims which the King of the West Saxons had erected for pil grims from England in 717, and which was burnt twice, first by the Saracens, and afterwards by Frederick Barbarossa. Vast numbers of Anglo-Saxon pilgrims came to Rome : at least three Saxon Kings died there.

The heroic but barbarous Cadwalla, King of the West Saxons, in 689, after covering himself with glory in war, determined to go to Rome and be baptized by the Pope ; he was baptized under the name of Peter on Easter Eve, clad in white and with a lighted taper in his hand, and


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was buried in the atrium of St. Peter s. His epitaph is still in existence, and does not at all tally with Professor Freeman s judgment of him. The example was con tagions : only twenty years later two other English Kings, Coenred of Mercia and Offa, King of the East Saxon-, went to Rome, not only to be baptized, but to give up their crowns and possession^ and become monks. Their long waving hair was cut olf and dedicated to St. PettT ; their royal youth was buried in the white frock of monasticism, and the princes from Arthur s heroic island deemed themselves fortunate in being permitted to disappear from sight, amid a swarm of obscure monks, in one of the convents near St. Peter s, with the pros pect of a grave in the atrium of the basilica, and a place among the blessed in Heaven ((iregorovius .

J>ut these monarchs are of small importance compared with the great Alfred and the mighty Canute, the most famous respectively of our Saxon and of our Danish Kings, both of whom visited Rome. Indeed, Alfred was there twice. When he was four years old, his father, Fthelwulf, sent him, it is thought in charge of St. Swithin, the masterful Bishop and rainy Saint of Win chester, to the Warrior Pope, S. Leo IV., who built the vast walls round the Vatican, which still tower above the gardens of the Popes. Leo not onlv took him for Pi>hop s son" or godchild, but hallowed him as a King (which, as Freeman says, was a curious proceeding, considering that England had nothing to do with Rome, and that Alfred was the youngest son ; nor did it prevent three of his brothers occupying the throne before him). Alfred returned to England, but two years later, when Ethelwulf, having made his country secure against the Danes and given a tenth of his goods to the Church,


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himself made a pilgrimage to Rome, he took Alfred with him.

Ethelwulf allowed the Pope to crown him, and deter mined, " for the welfare of his soul, to send yearly to Rome, out of his private income, the sum of three hundred marks, one hundred of which were destined to fill the lamps of St. Peter s with oil on Easter Eve and the morning of Easter Day, one hundred for the same service at St. Paul s, and one hundred were a present to the Holy Father himself. From this annual donation proceeded the so-called Peter s penny, or Romescot " * (Pauli).

He also rebuilt the " Saxon Schools," which had, as mentioned, twice been destroyed by fire, and gave enormous gifts to St. Peter s. Both on his way there and his way back he stopped at the Court of Charles the Bald, grandson of Charlemagne, whose beautiful young daughter Judith he married on the second occasion. Who knows what seeds of greatness may not have been planted in the mind of the child Alfred by that double visit to Rome and that double visit to the Imperial Court ? In Rome he stayed for more than a year.

Rome seems at any rate to have had a profound influence on Canute, who, as ruler of England and the Scandinavian kingdoms, was a more powerful monarch than either Pope or Emperor. This was in the year 1027, when the Emperor Conrad was crowned at St. Peter s at Easter, and walked from the church to his

  • In the time of Pope .Man n us 11., 942-946, a treasure oi Peter s Pence

830 silver Anglo-Saxon pennies of Alfred, lid ward the Elder, Athelstan, Edmund Ironsides, etc. was buried in the Atrium Vestaj, doubtless then a portion of the Palatine, which was occupied occasionally by the Popes for another six hundred years after that time. This treasure was dug up in 1883, and some of the actual coins are still to be purchased at Rome.


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palace between two Kings, Canute and Rudolph of Burgundy, who were present at the coronation. Canute, who was liberal in his gifts, showed his influence bv inducing the Pope to free the Fnglish School at Rome from all taxes. But the most remarkable feature about his visit to Rome was the fatn us letter to the Hnglish from ROIIH-. which is one of the greatest letters in all literature, and can onlv be compared to the last testa ment of .st. Loins, as he lay dying of the plague at Carthage. From it we know tli.it Canute visited the tomb ol St. IVtrr, and was moved to the vow of repent ance which ehangfd him to Midi a just King in the latter part ol his reign.

The cotlers ol the Pope were- oversowing with the offerings of the pilgrims. The Saxons had a church, Santa Maria, on the site of S. Spirito, and the church of >. Michele in Sassia, though entirely re-built, is the church of the Frisians.

In the eleventh and twelfth centuries St. Peter s, like the Pantheon, was often used as a fortress. Hi 1 great Pope Alexander III. stood a siege of eight days in it from Frederick Barbarossa. Tin- atrium and the tower of Santa Maria in Turn at the head of the staircase were fortified. At the close of eight days the fortifications were so battered down by Frederick and his allies from Viterbo, that the garrison laid down its arms to save St. Peter s from destruction. Then Frederick installed his Anti-Pope, Paschal III.

The atrium and narthex were used for those who were not full members of the Church catechumens, penitents, and others ; the fountain was for ablutions, like the fountains in the courtyards of Turkish mosques and Japanese temples. The nave and aisles were occu-


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pied at services by the laity who were full members of the Church ; the raised transept by the clergy and persons of distinction ; the presbyters of the Church sat on a circular bench running round the wall of the apse ; half to the right and half to the left of the Bishop s throne, which occupied the exact centre, as it still does in more than one of the Roman basilicas.

The Confessio, containing the tomb of the martyr, generally sunk several feet below the level of the floor, here as in S. Giorgio in Velabro, and other primitive basilicas, stood just in front of the apse. This is im portant, because the tomb of St. Peter is, with the excep tion of the floor of the basilica of Constantine, the only part of Old St. Peter s which exists undisturbed.

One must not imagine that the gold lamps (nearly a hundred in number) which burn in front of the burial place of Peter, the rock upon whom the Church is founded, or the glittering oriental alabaster to be seen to-day, go back to the times of the old basilica, much less of Constantine, but the grille in front of the tomb, though not Ancient Roman, is of respectable antiquity, for it was put up by the last great Pope but one, Inno cent III. (died 1216), who imposed his tyrannical will, not only on our weak King John, but on the mighty Philip Augustus of France, whom he separated from his lovely and beloved Agnes of Meran : so was the Fenestella Confessionis. Of the actual tomb of St. Peter one can see nothing. It is more than ever concealed since Clement VIII. had it walled over. It occupies approximately the spot beneath the Papal altar. Constantine had the remains enclosed in a great coffin of gold-plated bronze, and placed in a vault lined with gold, beneath lamps which, like the


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lamps hung round the Confessio of the present church, were never extinguished. There was an altar above the shrine, and over it rose a little temple on six porphyry columns. This kind of temple over the altar is a feature of most of the <> Id basilicas which have survived.

The \\ord basilica is only properly applied to the ancient Roman churches whose distinguishing mark is the altar in the centre of the church, at which the cele brant stands faring the people, like the Papal altar in St. Peter s. As a consequence, basilicas have their High Altar at the west end. In the Middle Ages, Klac/ko tells us, people were never wearv of endowing this tomb and altar with every imaginable splendour ot gold and gems ; the numerous spoliation-; they suffered trom >aracen, and even Christian, invaders, could not disconrag - the generous piety of the faithful.

After the Saracen sack of the ninth century S. Leo IV. covered the high altar with plates of gold set with precious stom > and enamelled portraits like the paliotto oi S. Ambrose at Milan, gave golden tables, one of which alone weighed two hundredweight, a silver crucifix set with diamonds and amethysts, weighing seventy pounds, a silver ciborium, with columns weighing three quarters of a ton, and a crossof gold encrusted with pearls, emeralds and opals, which weighed half a ton : not to mention vases, censers, lamps of gold and silver, jewelled chalices, lecterns of wrought silver, silver doors, rare tapestries and hangings, robes and altar-cloths of silk and velvet set with pearls and precious stones and covered with golden embroideries. It was nothing particular to have a golden ciborium set with the most precious stones. We know that Ethelwulf, the father of King Alfred, bestowed gifts, consisting of a gold crown of four pounds


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weight, two dishes of the purest gold, a sword richly set in gold, two gold images, silver-gilt Saxon urns, stoles bordered with gold and purple stripes, white silken gar ments for celebrating the Mass, decorated with figures, and other costly articles of clothing required for the services of the Church.

Narratives of the period never cease dilating upon the immense treasures gathered there tabernacles, ciboria, crosses, vases, candelabra, cherubs, and statues. There was a porphyry balustrade, surmounted by alabaster columns with an architrave of silver, decorated with chalices, fteur-de-lys, and translucent vases ; in the centre there was an arcade surmounted by a golden Christ, attended by tall silver angels. The alabaster columns were spiral, and were surrounded by carved vine sprays ; according to tradition tney came from the Temple of Solomon. It was these, says Klaczko, which gave Bernini the idea of his frightful baldacchino (three of them are preserved in the present basilica). He believes that Giulio Romano s fresco in the Vatican Stanze, known as the Donation of Constantine, is a representation of the Old St. Peter s. " The scene takes place in the old basilica. In the background, in front of the High Altar, there are visible the twisted columns standing upon a stylobate, and supporting an architrave from which are suspended lamps. Is the production exact at every point ? This I should not dare to affirm ; but it is the work of Giulio Romano and his companions ; it dates from a time when the chancel was yet standing." Raffaelle evidently had this balustrade in his mind in his tapestry of the beautiful Gate of the Temple of Jerusalem.

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a splendid fountain in its centre, surrounded by a rich mass of vegetation, as sad as cypresses and as gay as roses, in its cloister garth; and with the cloister itself, like the narthcx, filled with the tombs of early Popes and Kings. More than fourscore Popes were buried in Sylvester s basilica, and it was only after the lapse of centuries that they were allowed to crowd into the church. The early Christians considered it irreverent to erect tombs in the churches themselves : the ancient Romans did not allow burials in the city bounds at all. St. Peter himself was buried in the ancient Roman fashion, alongside of one of the great roads leading out of Rome, the Via Cornelia, selected as the scene of his martyrdom.

The facades of both atrium and church glittered with mosaics like the facade of Santa Maria in Trastevere to-day. Against the exterior there was an agglomera tion of convents, minor churches, hospitals and houses, clinging to it like barnacles to a rock which is sub merged at high tide. As this hive of buildings stood on its lofty terrace, approached by marble steps and backed by the towered and battlemented castle of the Popes, in the fifteenth century, it was an Italian Nuremberg.

Inside the church the number of mosaics is incon ceivable to those who have not seen St. Mark s or the Royal Chapel at Palermo, especially noteworthy, as we know from the paintings preserved of it in the crypt of St. Peter s, being those of the Holy Lance. The mosaics of the great Triumphal Arch went back to Constantine, who placed upon it the inscription which recited the supremacy of St. Peter. Five gates gave access to the nave and the four aisles ;


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the outside gate on the left was called the Port a or Janua Judicii, by which the dead were carried into the church. The massive gate in the centre was called the Porta Argentea, which was covered with silver plates. Next to it on the right was the Porta Roman a, which was reserved for the Roman people ; and on the left the Porta Ravignana, or Ravennata, because it was reserved for the inhabitants of Trastevere descended from the garrison sent from Ravenna by one of the Exarchs. The outside gate on the right, the Porta Guidonea, was used by the pilgrims.*

Old St. Peter s, with its atrium, was as long as the great church of to-day, and its width was not greatly less. It was venerable beyond all other churches in the world, not only for its hoary architecture, rich with the velvet touch of a thousand years, and its avenues of tombs of the great of the earth in mosaics and marbles ; it was rich beyond all other churches in relics of martyrs and apostles, yes, even of the Saviour Himself ; and the gold and silver offerings of the loyal and devout, which had accumulated in the centuries since the last sack of Rome. It was richest in sentiment and association, for it had been Christianity s Holy of Holies, where the successors of St. Peter had been enthroned, and had issued their messages to the world from the time almost the hour that Constantine made Christianity the reli-

  • " Honorius covered the middle door of entrance with plates of silver, 975

pounds in weight. This door was called the Janua regia major or mediana, and from henceforward, also, on account of its adornment, argentea. An ancient inscription in verse, stating that Honorius had put an end to the Istrian schism, was fastened to it, whence it follows that the work would not have been exe cuted until after the year 630. The inscription simply speaks of the Pope as Duke of the people, Dux Plebis. The silver covering of the door may probably have been adorned with chased workmanship, since we can hardly suppose it to have been a plating of simple metal." Gregorovius.


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gion of the Empire over which he ruled. In it Gregory the Great (d. 604) was borne to the tomb inscribed with the Conversion of England. In it Boniface VIII. (d. 1303), who died with unbeaten pride, was laid in the incomparable sarcophagus by Arnolfo di Lapo, which is still the glory of the crypt, though the actual sarco phagus is all that remains of his magnificent mortuary chapel : and in it Innocent III. (d. 1216), while smiting Europe with a rod of iron, found time to leave noble monuments in bronze and mosaic.

Old St. IVter s was the outward and visible sign of the Apostolic Succession. Here people could tread the stones trodden by the Christians in the day of Constan tino, who exulted in the fulfilment of the prophecy that the earth should be the Lord s.

It looked as if it had not been built by the hands of men, but moulded by time. The holiness which had accumulated in this building exceeded even the holiness of the Temple of Jerusalem. So many years, so many sacrifices, so many memories, so many remains of what was most sacred or most famous had been garnered into it. It is hard to believe that any Christian man would have dared to lay his hand on the church where nearly a hundred of the successors of St. Peter had been laid in the expectation that there they would rest till the Last Trump. But in the fifteenth century, the melting- pot of the Middle Ages, it began to be whispered that the old church was worn out and must come down. The best that can be said for those who repeated it is that Nicholas V. (d. 1455), the founder of archaeology, the first of all the Popes to love and try and save the treasures of antiquity, of which they were the heedless heirs, was convinced by the arguments of the Florentine


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architect Albert!,* and began to build a new church round the old. He broke off his work, Was it because his heart failed him ?

Julius II. (died 1513) took up the work. To him nothing was sacred but the prestige of the Popes. He was, like Nero, consumed with a desire to rebuild Rome on an unprecedented scale, and. by a curious coincidence St. Peter s stands on the site of the Gardens and Circus of Nero. Nero was accused of burning Rome to secure a site for his building operations. Julius II. did not go so far ; he only broke up the church, which had been the cradle of Christendom for nearly twelve hundred years, in such indecent haste that the tombs of eighty- six of his predecessors were reduced to rubbish heaps. He could not even spare the masterpiece of Mino da Fiesole, the mausoleum of Paul II.

With the destruction of Old St. Peter s the mis fortunes predicted by the ancient superstition for any one who disturbed the tomb of St. Peter seem to have overtaken the Papacy. Old St. Peter s was the taber nacle of all Christendom, the present church is hardly more than the tabernacle of Southern Christendom.

It is difficult not to execrate the memory of Alberti. In technical know

ledge of his profession he was a great architect : he showed both restraint and originality in the style which he evolved from a study of classical monuments, but like too many other Italians, he was ready to sacrifice the most precious monuments of antiquity to provide a platform upon which he could strut. He wanted Old St. Peter s to be destroyed, so that he might have the building of the New St. Peter s. " Here in 1457," says Gregorovius, " Alberti showed him his book on architecture, the first of the kind since Vitruvius, and his views on art, hostile as they were to Gothic architecture and Mediae valism, inaugurated a new age in architecture, which began with Nicholas V."


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MOST of the remains of Old St. Peter s are to be found in the crypt of the present church, the greater part of which, called by the Romans the (irotte Vecchie, pre serves the actual iloor of the old church intact. Another pi cce _a mosaic -belonging to the cha})el which John VII. (705-707) built in his short reign to receive the Volto Santo one of the major relics of the present church -is in the sacristy of S. Maria in Cosmedin. Coarse as it may seem in its present position, it never theless represents the most considerable artistic achieve ment of the age.

The remaining fragments are mostly in the present basilica. Important among them is a part of tin- mosaic called the Xavicella, designed by Giotto in 1298, but restored out of all recognition. It represented St. Peter walking on the waters ; and stood over the eastern entrance of the atrium in front of the old basilica. There are also three inscriptions which stood in front of the old basilica one of which is a grant of indulgences by the strenuous old Pope, Boniface VIII., on the occasion of the first jubilee, 1300; another, six hundred years earlier, records the grant of certain olive gardens for supplying the oil of the cathedral lamps by Gregory II. ; and the third far the most interesting of the three is that erected by Charlemagne over the tomb of Hadrian I., 77 2 ~795> which is thus


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Englished by Mr. R. W. Seton Watson in his translation of Gregorovius s " Tombs of the Popes," published by Archibald Constable and Co., with whose permission I reproduce it.

" Here has Pope Adrian found his rest the Father of the Church,

The ornament of Rome, the immortal writer. For him, to live was God ; Piety was his law, his glory, Christ ;

He was an apostolic shepherd, ready for every good deed. He was noble by birth, and sprung from an ancient race ;

Yet nobler far by reason of his holy merits. The devout soul of this good Shepherd burned ever and in all places

To adorn the temples dedicated to God.

He heaped gifts upon the churches, and embued the people with the sacred dogmas ;

To all he opened the narrow way to Heaven.

Generous to the poor, unequalled in piety, and instant in devout prayers for all men,

He was the glory of the City and the World ; By his doctrines, by his treasures, by the walls he built,

He raised thy citadels to honour, O noble Rome !

Death has not harmed him, since Death was conquered by the Saviour s death- Nay rather, Death has become the gate of a better life. I, Charles, have writ these lines, in tears over my father.

O my father, my sweet love, for thee I mourn. O forget me not ! My thoughts are ever with thee.

Mayst thou abide with Christ in the blissful realms of Heaven ! Clergy and People alike loved thee with ardent love ;

Thou alone wert loved of all, O best of Pontiffs. Most illustrious of men, I link thy name and titles with my own

I, Charles the King, thou, Adrian the Pope. Ye who may chance to read these lines, say, with devout and suppliant heart,

Have pity upon them both, most merciful God ! May this thy body rest in peace, beloved Father,

And may thy gentle soul joy with the saints of God- Yea, till the last trump shall sound in thine ears.

Then rise with Peter, Prince of the Apostles, to behold thy God. Thou wilt hear, I know, thy Judge s clement voice,

Enter thou upon the great joys of thy Lord ! Then, most loving Father, be mindful, I beseech thee, of thy son !

And say, Let this my son gain entrance with his father ! O blessed Father, seek Christ s heavenly Kingdom,

And thence aid with thy prayers thine earthly flock ! While yet the ruddy sun shines forth from his flaming chariot,

Thy praise, Holy Father, shall never cease on earth.

Pope Adrian, of blessed memory, reigned twenty-three years ten months seventeen days, and died on the seventh of the Kalends of January."

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It is needless to say that Charlemagne did not write it himself, because he could not write. It is generally assigned to the famous English scholar, Alcuin, the most distinguished scholar of the eighth century, who, from being master of the cloister school at York, became the friend of Charlemagne, and made his court a school of culture for the hitherto barbarous Prankish Empire.

The great bronze doors of the central entrance of St. Peter s, which are only open for grand ceremonies, also belong to the old basilica. They were completed by Antonio Filarete and Simone (ihini in 1445 ; and, of course, refer to the martyrdom of St. Peter and St. Paul. They are chiefly interesting as pourtraying several classical buildings which were then perfect, but have since been destroyed, including the so-called tomb of Romulus Meta Romuli , one of the landmarks on which the erroneous location of St. Peter s martyrdom was founded. From this, called also, in the Middle Ages, the tomb of Scipio perhaps in order to connect the great hero of Republican Rome with the chief of the Apostles -were taken the vast blocks of white marble with which Pope Donus paved the atrium of St. Peter s.

Inside the Cathedral the bronze statue of St. Peter, whose foot is kissed by the faithful, is of high antiquity. By its style it cannot have been the actual statue, as has been so often asserted, of Jupiter Capitolinus ; though it may have been cast from it, as another legend asserts, by S. Leo the Great, 440-461, since it is possibly of the fifth century, as Platner and Bunsen are ready to admit, though it is more like work of the sixth century. Marucchi thinks that Leo may have had the statue made out of gratitude for his repulse of Attila. The statue stood formerly in the oratory of St. Martin,




Ihc hron/e doors roinovod from Old St. I etor s to the present Church. They were made by Filarote and Ghini, and the bottom right panel shows the Tomb of Cains Cestius and Tomb of Romulus at the Duae Metae. - From, rhfo/. si s "II J a/ii a/io."


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afterwards in the Chapel of SS. Processus and Martinian. Paul V. erected it in its present position. It is supposed to be the statue about which Pope Gregory II. wrote to Leo the Isaurian, who had threatened to destroy it, That the people would know how to defend it, and that he would not be answerable for the blood that might be shed."

The bronze grille of the Confessio was given by the great Pope Innocent III., who also ordered the mosaics lining the little chamber behind, which is right over the tomb of St. Peter, and contains the golden casket made by Benvenuto Cellini, used for the consecration of the pallium.

The great relics of the church, such as the Volto Santo, or S. Veronica s Handkerchief ; the Lance of S. Longinus, which pierced Our Saviour s side; the piece of the True Cross; and the Head of St. Andrew, not to mention the relics of St. Peter and St. Paul, were, of course, transferred from the old basilica.

The story of S. Veronica s Handkerchief is best told by Gregorovius (Hamilton s Translation), vol. ii., p. 198.

Tiberius, afflicted with incurable leprosy, one day informed the senators that, being beyond the aid of man, he must have recourse to heaven. He had been told that a divine magician, named Jesus, dwelt in Jerusalem, and he ordered the patrician Volusianus immediately to repair thither and implore the renowned physician to accompany him back to the Imperial court. Storms delayed the arrival of the messenger for a whole year ; and on reaching Jerusalem, Volusian was met by Pilate with regrets that the Emperor had not sooner made known his desires, as the magician


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had already been crucified by the Jews. Volusian, unable to execute his commission, thought himself fortunate in obtaining a portrait of Jesus. Veronica, a pious matron, had wiped the face of the Saviour as lie passed, overpowered by the weight of the cross, and the Saviour, in return, had allowed the cloth to retain the impress of His features. Volusian conducted Veronica, and with her the portrait, back to Rome, bringing Pilate in chains on board the same vessel. When they arrived in the presence of the Emperor, Tiberius sentenced the ex-governor to life-long exile in the town of Ameria. The handkerchief he ordered to be brought before him, and hardly had he set eyes on it when he burst into tears, fell on his knees in adora tion, and immediately recovered of his leprosy. He heaped wealth upon Veronica, and had the handkerchief set in gold and precious stones, and preserved in his palace. He survived his recovery only nine months ; an interval which he spent in constant prayer to the Saviour and in adoration of His portrait."

Gregorovius adds in a foot-note, that the Jesuit Landsberg assures us that the portrait is true to life, and even discovers the print of the blow inflicted by an impious soldier on the face of Christ. He says that the legend is one of a number which bring the Pagan Emperors into Christianity, and attributes to the twelfth century the legend which relates that Tiberius, in conse quence of his miraculous cure, ordered Christ to be enrolled among the Gods, but admits that Bishop Orosius, who lived seven centuries earlier and who knew nothing of the Handkerchief, informs us that Tiberius, on the refusal of the Senate to enrol Christ among the


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Gods, became suddenly transformed from an amiable prince into a cruel tyrant.

Roman Catholic hagiologists recognize that Veronica is a corruption of Vera Icon (the True Likeness), and do not claim that the devout woman was called Veronica. She is said to have lived to be a hundred, and bequeathed the Handkerchief at her death to Pope Clement, the fourth Pope, who was elected A.D. 91. The Popes kept it in their treasury till the time of Boniface IV., at the beginning of the seventh century. He gave it a shrine in the Pantheon, where a chest is still shown with a Latin inscription to this effect : In this chest the Cloth of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ was brought from Jerusalem to the Emperor Tiberius/ though it obviously has no pretensions to the necessary antiquity. John VII., about a century later, built the chapel for it at St. Peter s mentioned above. The S. Veronica of the Hagiology is a fifteenth century saint.

At the west end of the right aisle, in the chapel of the Pieta, are several most ancient objects. The first is the white marble column called the Colonna Santa, one of the twelve which ornamented the Confessio of the old basilica. It is said, writes the Rev. H. W. Pullen, to have been brought from the Temple of Solomon at Jerusalem ; and to be the one against which the Saviour leaned when he disputed with the Doctors. It is highly ornamented with wreaths and spiral flutings, and is enclosed in a pyramidal cage of iron- work. The marble well-mouth which surrounds the base was added by Cardinal Orsini in 1438.

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It belonged to Anicius Probus, who was also Prefect of Rome, and was a member of the Anicii, the greatest family in Rome at that period. This sarcophagus was formerly used as a pedestal for the baptismal font, and came from the mortuary chapel called the Templum Pi obi, which stood on the site of the present Sacristy.

The monument of tin.- Countess Matilda of Tuscany, who was the chief founder of the temporal power of the Popes, is on the pier just by the next chapel that of S. Sebastian. It belongs, however, not to the date of her death in 1115, but to that of the removal of her remains from Mantua to St. Peter s in i(J5 by I rban VIII. It is the work of Hernini. In the next chapel, that of the Holy Sacrament, through which the Pope enters St. Peter s from the Vatican, is the- gorgeous medi;eval tomb of Sixtus IV., executed by Antonio Pollaiuolo in 14 ).], which, in spite of its rather decadent and quite irreverent character, is one ot the finest bronze monuments in Italy. A little plain slab beside it marks the tomb of the ambitious Julius II., the real founder of the New St. Peter s. The tomb of Sixtus, who built the Sistine Chapel, though rich and beautiful, is neither elegant nor good art. The two spiral columns of Tyrian marble in this chapel are like that in the chapel of the Pieta, from the Confessio of Old St. Peter s. In the next chapel, the Cappella Gregoriana, is an ancient image of the Madonna di Soccorso, dating from 1118, which was in Old St. Peter s. Opposite the left aisle of the tribune is the Madonna della Colonna, consisting of a picture of the Madonna and Child, painted on a column of Porta Santa marble. I leave for fuller treatment below one of the earliest and most precious monu-


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ments preserved in the Cathedral, the ancient Chair of St. Peter, which is kept either in the costly but hope lessly baroque monument, erected to receive it by Alex ander VII., or else, as some say, in a safe in the wall behind. In any case it occupies the centre of the tribune wall. The Cappella Clementina, near the entrance to the Sacristy, contains whatever remains there are, after so many removals, of the body of St. Gregory the Great. On a pier opposite the place where the body of the late Pope is always laid, until its new monument is ready, between the Chapel of the Presentation and the Choir of the Canons, is the tomb of Innocent VIII., erected in 1492, which is really the finest mediaeval monument in St. Peter s. Like that of Sixtus IV., it is by Antonio Pollaiuolo. But his brother, Pietro, collaborated in this monument, which is in far better taste. It was Innocent VIII. \vho built the villa in the Vatican gardens which is now the Sculpture Museum. Gregoro- vius, translated by Mr. Seton Watson, is perhaps a little too hard on this sculpture. " Like the Tomb of Sixtus^ it is paltry and full of affectation. The Pope lies upon a bronze sarcophagus, resting on the pier. Above the tomb he is represented once more, as in life, enthroned and raising his right hand in blessing, while he holds in his left the Holy Lance which came as a present from the Sultan Bajazet. On either side the niches of the pillars are filled with theological and moral virtues- Faith, Love and Hope, Justice, Courage, Moderation, and Wisdom. The inscription acclaims Innocent as the unwearied preserver of peace in Italy, and as the glory of the new world which was discovered in his reign."

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piece of porphyry which is wrongly claimed to have been the cover of the sarcophagus of the Emperor Otto II., who died in 983. It is also claimed to have been the lid of the sarcophagus in which Hadrian was buried in tlic Castle of Sant Angelo ; but it is now considered to have formed part of the sarcophagus of a much greater man the famous, or infamous, Crescentius, who was put to death by Otto III. in 996. Crescentius, calling hiinsi-lf Consul or Senator of Rome, on the plea of freeing the Roman- from the usurpations of Pope and Emperor, and giving them local self-government, seized the power himself. Otto, who was sixteen, had him executed in the Castle of S:mt Angelo and subjected his dead body to all manner of ignominy and contempt. Hut the Bonder of the icorld, as his own generation calls him, says Hryre in his " Holy Roman Empire," died child less on the threshold of manhood ; the victim, if we may trust the story of the times, of the revenge of Stephania, the widow of Crescentius, who ensnared him by her beauty, and killed him with lingering poison. Otto III. was not, as one guide-book states, buried in the crypt of St. Peter s ; he is buried in the choir of the Cathedral at Aix-la-Chapelle, where Charlemagne lies.

The Sacristy contains some remains of Old St. Peter s, such as the three panels from the Con/essio of Old St. Peter s which were painted by (iiotto on both sides for Cardinal Stefaneschi. The frescoes, by Melozzo da Forli, are not, of course, from Old St. Peter s, but from the church of SS. Apostoli. In the Treasury of the Sacristy is the celebrated Vatican Cross which bears the name of the Emperor Justin II., 565-578, for whom it was made ; the wooden panelling, representing Our


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Lord sitting between St. Peter and St. Paul, cannot, as Marucchi, the de Rossi of the day, points out, have been presented by Constantine the Great, as the legend on it claims, for it is clearly a work of the ninth century ; and the Slavonic inscription upon it has now been deciphered, and declares it to have been presented to the tomb of St. Peter s by S. Cyril and S. Methodius : Cyril was the church name adopted by a noble Roman of Thessalonica, named Constantine.

Of the famous relic of the Volto Santo, Marucchi says that, although it is certainly very ancient, there is no mention of it before Bernard of Soracte in the eleventh century. He adds that the reproductions of it are all imaginary ; on the original you can only see a few faint traces.

I suppose that the most of the general public imagine that the chair of St. Peter is the chair in which his statue sits in the nave of his cathedral for the faithful to kiss his foot, as the faithful have kissed the foot of this venerable image for twelve hundred years. This is not the chair of St. Peter. Only once in a hundred years do human eyes behold the chair which tradition claims to have been used by the Apostle in the meetings of the Earliest Church. Popular tradition believes it to be enclosed in the bronze chair, weighing, with its accessories, a hundred and nine tons, constructed at a cost of 24,000 by Bernini, for the rich Chigi Pope, Alexander VII. (1655-1667), a miracle of bad taste, one of the most vulgar monuments in the cathedral, which stands in the centre of the tribunal at the east end. It is not there, but in a cupboard behind, high up in the wall, locked with three separate keys, each kept by a different functionary. I append the description given of it by


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the chief ecclesiastical antiquary of Rome, Professor Marucchi, Ei mcnts d* Arch- ologic Chr- ticnnc." Professor Marueelii had the information from Signor de Rossi, one of the most famous of all Italian antiquaries, who was permitted by Pius IX. to examine the precious relic.

The chair <>t St. Peter is the most important relic of thr Apostle after his tomb. Several ancient testi- monii-s make allusion to tliis monument. Thus we have the words of St. Optatus of Milevum, \~itnnjuid fictcst diccrc in (\ithatrii I\ln ? quam ncscio si re I i>eutis nor it, et ad CHJUS tncmoriam non ueeedit </inisi schis)n(^t^c^ts. And for the seventh century at least we have the directions ot the I tint rant s. There also near the same road the Cornelian is the seat of the Apostles. YVe do not know where this chair was originally. I have shewn in a recent study entitled Sates itbi firms sat it S. I\ tn<s that we have ivasnns to place it in the cata comb of S. Priscilla, from whitdi it mi^ht ha\ - e been transported to the X atiean in the se\ eiuh century. It ha-, been >upposed that it is the same seat which served St. Peter in the Hou^e of Pudens, the magisterial chair of Pudens ; it is an idea inven for the first time in the .seventeenth century by Febeo. Altogether imaginary things have also been said on the other side. It has been pretended, lor example, that this chair was pagan. Lady Morgan has even affirmed that the inscription carved on it is Arabic, and contains a profession of the Mahometan faith. Signor de Rossi was able to study it at his leisure in 1867, when Pius IX. had it taken out of the monument constructed to receive it by Alex ander VII. and had it exhibited in the chapel of the Holy Sacrament. It is agreed that the actual chair is not


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in the form of the ancient curule chairs ; it is Byzantine, and seems to have been made towards the end of the sixth century. Four or five little pieces much eaten away are let into it doubtless all that remains of the primitive chair. The decorations are of ivory and classic in character. They represent the Labours of Hercules. They would not have been allowed if the chair had been original, or even if it had dated back to the third or fourth century A.D. In the sixth they could no longer have had any pagan significance. I have discovered no trace elsewhere of the Arabic inscription."

Gregorovius, vol. i., p. 98 (Hamilton s Translation), says :

" Bishop Damasus placed in the Baptistery the chair which tradition, from the second century onwards, had alleged to have been the actual chair and seat of Peter. This remarkable seat, the most ancient throne in the world, first occupied by simple, unpretending bishops, then by ambitious Popes ruling nations and peoples, still survives. ... It is in reality an ancient sedan chair (Sedia Gestatoria) , to the now worm-eaten oak of which additions have from time to time been made in acacia wood."

After taking the same view of the ornamentation as Marucchi, he adds :

" Beyond doubt this celebrated chair, if not belong ing to Apostolic times, is of very great antiquity, though the suggestion that it may be the Sedia Curulis of the Senator Pudens is altogether untrustworthy."

The most important remains of Old St. Peter s are to be seen in the crypt, most of which, as I have said, formed part of the old basilica. The most remarkable exception is the so-called tomb of the Apostle to which I


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have devoted much space in Chapter V. You can see nothing of the tomb ; all you see is the decadent altar which Clement VI II., \\ho did see the tomb (the only person, except two of his Cardinals and a few of his workmen, who had seen it for nearly eight hundred v<-ar> .erected between it and the eyes of future genera tion^ There is nothing in the Chapel of the Tomb to detain you one moment, except the infinite sanctity of the

  • pot vhicli \\as the second cradle of Christianity. But

the crypts abound in fragments of the grand old basilica, which was lor more than a thousand years to Christen dom what the Temple of Jerusalem was to the Jews. Right at the threshold of the Chapel of the Tomb is the sarcophagus of Junius liassus, the young prefect of Rome who embraced Christianity, and died in his year ot grace, litteeii hundred and fifty years ago, the one Christian sarcophagus in St. Peter s, if not in Rome, which still hold> the bones that were laid in it by the mourners.

And all round this >ide of the tomb, occupying perhaps almost the identical spot they occupied in Old St. Peter s, are the panels made to ornament th- Confessio by Matteo Pollaiuolo for Pupe Sixtus IV. These tell the story of the martyrdom of St. Peter and St. Paul; for the old basilica was dedicated to both saints.

On the opposite side of the semicircular passage which constitutes this side of the new crypt, are precious fragments of the High Altar which Sixtus IV. erected over the Confessio , twelve quaintly-carved Apostles from the atelier of Giovanni Dalmata, carved with the mediaeval suggestiveness the Japanese use in pourtraying their sages.

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entrance to the old crypt are the gems of Old St. Peter s, the masterpieces of Mino da Fiesole carved to decorate the magnificent tomb of the superb Venetian Pope, Paul II., including the exquisite representations of Faith, Charity, and the Original Sin.

Beyond that in the old crypt lie the tombs of the Colonna-Caetani Princess and all the Popes who were buried in Old St. Peter s except Gregory V., and one of the Borgias (seemingly Calixtus III. rather than the terrible Alexander VI.), whose uses we are beginnii g to discover. Young Otto s tomb close by, though ic may hold the bones of one who was the first figure in the world nearly a thousand years ago, has no value for us ; it is as clumsy as a plaster whale. The mosaics of the old church, saved in the old crypt, are mostly of the coarsest kind ; but there is the stone, if its identity can be established, on which the bodies of the martyrs St. Peter and St. Paul were divided ; and the tombstone of Charlotte of Cyprus, who succeeded to the kingdom of the Lusignans in 1458, just too late to be associated with the immortal discovery of printing in the Thirty-One- Line and Thirty-Line Indulgences of Pope Nicholas V. Here, too, is the epitaph of Amory de Montfort, the weakling son of Simon de Montfort, who was once dictator of England. He gave up the heritage of the Counts of Toulouse to France ; he was taken prisoner by the Saracens in the Holy Land ; but he warred mightily against the Albigenses, the defenceless heretics on his own lands, making us feel how good was that day at Evesham when the tall young Prince of England, who was to be the conqueror of Scotland and Wales, and to establish the manner of laws under which all the civilized world was to come in the fulness of time,


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struck down his father s haughty and rebellious subjects, the party of Montfort. The next inscription is almost the most interesting heirloom we have in the crypt of the Old St. Peter s, the celebrated copy, carved in marble, of the donation of the Countess Matilda.

f ; ew women have ever played so great a part in the world a^ the Countess of Tuscany, who founded the temporal power of the Popes by supporting them with all her lorces during her life, and bequeathing her dominions to the Holy See when she died. If she had held her hand, even Gregory VII., the mighty Pontiff who had been Hildebrand, must have gone down before the violence of the Emperor Henry IV., who did penance to him at Canossa. But for her, the Popes would have been no more than patriarchs, with no force but those of sanctity and righteousness moral powers, awed by violence, maintained by a willingness for martyrdom.

In the south arm of the new crypt, close by other precious memorials of the old church, fragments, for example, of the ciborium in which Innocent VIII. enclosed the pri/e of his life, the Holy Lance sent to him by the Turkish Sultan, are the mosaics from young Otto s tomb, bas-reliefs of exquisite beauty from the gardens of Nero, in whose Circus St. Peter was martyred; and sketches of the old church itself and of its various shrines, by those who had seen them iu their glory. The finest of the inscriptions here tells us that Pope Saint Damasus drained the Vatican Hill to provide the water for his Baptistery; his drain is still perfect under the courtyard of the palace which bears his name beneath the windows of the Pope. Here, too, are the inscriptions of the first four Leos, all saints, and a portrait in mosaic of John VII., executed in his life-




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time, and another panel of the mosaics which made his chapel of the Volto Santo the most famous building of his time. Here, above all, is the beautiful throne of the Avignon Pope, Benedict XII., who adopted the triple crown to show the three-fold nature of the sovereignty of the Popes. His image is there, strong, phlegmatic, almost Egyptian in its massive strength. There is no throne in all Rome as beautiful and majestic as his. On it is seated an old, old statue of St. Peter, a Roman Consul presented with the Apostle s head and hands. Here is even the great stone cross which stood upon the fa$ade of the elder church ; and the exquisite bust of the eighth Boniface, by Arnolfo himself. The statues of the Apostles come from the tomb of Nicholas V., the founder of the greatness of the Vatican.

And they all, as it were, lead up to that most holy image of the Virgin, who stood in the portico of the old church, and when she was struck on the cheek with a stone, bled like a human being. The stones where the blood fell are here too, protected by iron bars, for the lips and fingers of the faithful, if not the blood- drops themselves, had worn the spots into holes which threatened to consume the entire stones.

Truly Old St. Peter s is in the crypt. When we have permission to wander there we are surrounded by the faith, as well as the monuments, of the Middle Ages.


CHAPTER V. THE CRYPT OF ST. PETER S.

I Hl I.IMIXARV NOTE UPON HOW TO OBTAIN ADMISSION.

IN theory, anyone can obtain permission to visit the crypt of St. Peter s nowadays. Still, to get the permission involves a good deal of delay and difficulty. For first you must catch Monsignor Bisleti, the Pope s Maggior- domo at the Vatican, and obtain his permission, and then you have to get the further permission of another Monsignor at the Segretariat of the Reverenda Fabbrica cli S. Pietro, in the Via di Aracceli, more than a mile off ; and they are both at home only at rather inconvenient hours. If you are short of time it is an economy to take a three-franc ticket at the English Library for Mrs. Pearde Beaufort s lecture on the Crypt of St. Peter s. She is allowed to stay longer in the crypt than a person with an ordinary permcsso ; when you are with her you do not waste time in hunting out the principal objects yourself ; you are taken straight to them : and there is so much to see that there is not a minute to spare. The heads of various colleges for priests also give lectures, but not often in English, and admission to them is a favour. Unless you are a privileged person you are only allowed to remain in the crypt for half an hour.

There are several entrances to the crypt ; that by which the public are now admitted is at the foot of the



Plan of the Crypt of St. Peter s. From rislolcsis " // Vaticano."


A. Piloiie (Pier) and <~apt elln ( Chapel) of S. Veronica;

it is here that visitors descend into tlie i rypt.

B. Southern Corriilor of the Grotte Nuove leading to

the Cappella (li -. Maria della Bocciata.

C. Cappella del alvatorino.

/>. Capoella rti S. Maria della Bocciata.

E. South Corridor leading into the Confessio.

F. Cappella di S. Maria detta delle Partorienti.

G. Southern Corridor leading to the Grotte Vecchie. //. Pilone e Cappella di S. Andrea (Pier and Chapel

of St. Andrew).

J. The Colonna-Caetani Chapel. /., A ., L. The three Naves of the Grotte Vecchie. M. The Pier and Chapel of S. Longinus. A r . The North Corridor of the Grotte Nuove, leading

to the Grotte Vecchie.


0. The North Corridor of the Grotte Xuove, leading

to the Confessio of St. Peter s. P. The portion of the North Corridor of the Grotte

Nuove which contains the masterpieces of Mino

da l-Mesole.

Q. Pier and Chapel of St. Helena. I!. Portion of the North Corridor, the Grotte Nuove,

wlrch contains the northern portion of the

Confessio of Matteo Pollaiuolo. S. The Chapel of the Tomb of St. Peter, with the

Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus opposite its

entrance. T. The portion of the South Corridor of the Grotte

Nuove which contains the southern part of the

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pier in which the "precious relic of S. Veronica s hand kerchief is kept. In the time of Misson, who visited St. Peter s in the reign of Queen Anne, the public were admitted through the Confessio itself. He says, " Under this altar (i.e., the High Altar) there is a pair of stairs which leads to the chapel where St. Peter s body is pretended to be kept, and to the other Holy Places in the vaults of this church."

" At the entry to these grottos I observed a Bull en graved with marble (hue mulieribus ingredi non licet, nisi unico die Lunae post Pentecosteri), by which women are forbidden to enter the place, save only on Whit Monday, on which day it is declared unlawful for any man to come there ; and whosoever shall act contrary to either of these prohibitions is anathema. These places are dark, and the sexton told us that the order was occasioned by a certain amorous adventure. There is an Indulgence of seven years for every step of the stairs that lead to St. Peter s Chapel, granted to such as descend them with due devotion."

NOTE. It was inevitable that, in the writing of this chapter, I should constantly have to refer to Gregorovius s "Tombs of the Popes " and "History of the City of Rome in the Middle Ages." In the former I have always used the translation by R. W. Seton Watson, of Ayton, published by Archibald Constable and Co., and in the latter the translation by Annie Hamilton, published by George Bell and Sons. You do not know Rome till you have read Gregorovius.


THE GROTTE NUOVE. NORTH SIDE.

IF tradition may be respected, the invisible tomb of St. Peter, on which the whole mighty edifice rests, was erected by Linus and Anacletus, the second and third Popes, less than a hundred years after the birth of Christ,

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not far from the spot where the Apostle was crucified in the Gardens of Nero. His tomb was erected as the law ordained, on one of the roads which led up to the city gate the Via Cornelia. About two centuries after, in 306 A.D., according to a not very easily verifiable tradi tion, Constantino the Great, who was not at all great in the opinion of scientific historians, erected round the Apostle s tomb the great basilica which was to be St. Peter s, and the centre of Christendom for more than a thousand years. This we now speak of as Old St. Peter s. The tomb, as was usual with the tombs of martyrs in basilicas, was a good deal below the level of the church ; stairs led down to it. But at an early period, to protect the body of the Apostle from the risk of being carried off by the barbarians, who waxed bolder and bolder in their assaults on Rome, the tomb was walled over.

About the year 1450, in the reign of Nicholas V., it began to be rumoured that the church was dangerous, probably because Nicholas, who was the first of the Popes to appreciate the treasures of antiquity which the Papal See had inherited, was making a careful survey of his inheritance. Nicholas was such a keen lover of antiquities that much pressure must have been brought to bear upon him before he consented to the rebuilding of St. Peter s. When he had given his consent, plans were obtained from two great Florentines, Leon Battista Alberti and Bernardo Rossellino, brother of Antonio, the heavenly sculptor : and Nicholas began to build a new cathedral round the old. Not much was done to it after his time until the accession of Julius II. Julius II. was a great monarch, if in indifferent priest ; he suffered from megalomania as badly as Caracalla or



Ihe Temptation. Carved by Mino da Ficsole for Paul II. s .Mausoleum, now in the Grotte Nuove of St. 1 eter s Crypt.


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Diocletian. Their gigantic baths may well have inspired him with the idea of the New St. Peter s, which he entrusted to Bramante as architect. The old build ing was torn down in such haste that no care was taken to preserve the ancient monuments. It is to be hoped for the sake of art that Bramante yielded to force majeure. The Romans nicknamed him " il Rovinante." The scanty remains of the tombs of the eighty-six Popes who were buried in the old basilica show the ruthless haste with which the work of demolition was carried out.

With the building of the New and the demolition of the Old St. Peter s we are not much further concerned here, for we have arrived at the point at which we can understand the plan of the celebrated Grotte Vaticane the Grotte Vecchie e Nuove, the old and new crypts of St. Peter s. The old crypt is, roughly-speaking, Old St. Peter s to the height of six or seven feet from the pavement, for Bramante, with a sublime impertinence borrowed from the ancient Romans (Did not Augiistus build his house on the top of the mansion of the silver- tongued Hortensius ?), made the old basilica the foun dation for his new church as far as it would serve. But it was not broad enough for the vast Greek cross which formed the ground plan of his design, so he had to extend the foundations right and left, and he made them in the form of crypts to ensure dryness, since St. Peter s is very little above the level of the Tiber. These form the New Crypts. You enter by the pier of S. Veronica, where Julius II. laid the foundation of the New St. Peter s. At the bottom of the steps galleries lead right and left ; it is usual to take the right-hand passage, but much better to take the left, for the left brings you


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almost directly to the chapel of the tomb of St. Peter. Of the tomb itself you see nothing, because it is walled over with masonry ; the obstruction is now much thicker than it \vas when erected to baffle the barbarians if they tried to find St. Peter s body. In the year 1602 or 1603, when they were making the foundations for the new church, the vault over the tomb gave way and the workmen saw it below them. It was easy to recognize, because on it lay the old richly-chased cross of pure gold, one hundred and fifty pounds in weight, deposited there by the pious hands of the Empress Helena, the mother of Constantine, who founded the original church. As mentioned above, the Pope, Clement VI II., was sum moned hastily, and came with Cardinals Bellarmin and Antoniano. His first idea, very wisely, was to clear away the obstacles which prevented so blessed an object being seen now that the advance of civilization made it impossible to contemplate any risk of the profanation of the shrine. He found himself confronted by a super stition of unknown antiquity the universal belief at Rome that anyone who touched St. Peter s tomb would be struck dead. Yielding to this, after making a careful examination, he ordered the aperture to be closed, and a thick layer of masonry to be built over it. Pere Dufresne, the chief authority on the Vatican Crypt, says: " The tomb of the Apostle occupies almost the centre of the space surrounded by the new crypt. When approached from the cathedral above, just inside the double bronze door which faces the statue of Pius VI., is a little oblong chamber in an apse. In the floor of this chamber is a hollow in which are laid the pallia before they are sent to the Archbishops. The paving of the chamber has always been very rich. The


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liber Pontificalis speaks of the silver plates of which it was formed ; at the present time it is made of gilt bronze. The chasings represent a raying cross sur rounded by the tiara, the keys, and a dove. One of the squares made by the arms of the cross, the upper one on the right, is the door which covers the opening of the cavity. In the time of St. Gregory the Great the respect inspired by the Apostle s tomb was so profound that people hardly dared approach it to pray or make the necessary repairs. Not allowing himself to be stopped by tradition so disquieting, Pere Grisar made a detailed examination of the tomb, his report having been summarized as follows : The cavity is made in masonry at the depth of little over a foot ; it com municates with a chamber, of which the ceiling is formed by a slab of marble ; this is filled with the debris thrown into it by the order of Clement VIII., when, in construct ing the present basilica, the sarcophagus of St. Peter is believed to have been seen. A long rod of iron thrust into the debris did not penetrate more than half a yard. The slab of marble is pierced by a square hole correspond ing to the opening in the cavity above. It has sagged ; it is broken in two parts which sink towards the middle, the sides being secured with the masonry ; the opening is not of perfect regularity : only one angle has its edges square, the others having been damaged. All these details are difficult to explain on the basis of accident ; one is compelled to think that violence has been used, for example on the part of the Saracens, when in 846 they occupied the Vatican basilica for several days. However, this violence was manifestly without success, since the slab is still fastened to the walls to which it was originally fixed,"


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Behind the chamber of the pallia there is a chapel to which one has access through the crypts : this occupies the exact position of the ancient oratory called,

" Ad Caput Beati Petri."

One may add that the little apse which faces the statue of Pins VI. down in the Confessio, has a thirteenth century mosaic of Our Lord and a seven teenth century mosaic of St. Peter and St. Paul ; the former was erected by the great Pope Innocent III., who also gave the beautiful bronze grille. Formerly the Pope left a censer in the cavity even year, and when the old one was taken out distributed its contents among the pious people who wished to have mementos of the Apostle, and objects which they brought with them were sometimes permitted to be lowered into the cavity so that they might be blessed by touching the tomb of the Apostle. The bronze door was given by the Pamlili Pope, Innocent X., whose portrait by Wlasqucz in the Doria Gallery is one of the finest por traits in the world. The altar in the crypt was erected by Clement VIII., the last person who saw the tomb of St. Peter.

The sarcophagus is under the Papal altar, and instead of corresponding to the exact centre of the basilica, it is a little to the right, which goes to prove that the archi tect of the Constantinian basilica had to take into account a more ancient monument with which he could not interfere.

The altar of Clement VIII. in the Chapel of the Tomb in the crypt has the same ornamentation as the floor of the little chamber above, the reversed raying cross flanked by tiaras and keys on each side, though I do not



Chapel of the Tomb of Si. Peter, in the Crypt. The altar is almost over the Tomb.


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remember that the dove is here : but other emblems are

introduced, such as lilies and a sword, laid obliquely

over the cross. Above the altar is a mosaic of St. Peter

and St. Paul, the remainder of the lunette on each side

being filled up with gilt plaster reliefs of their respective

executions. The carpet in front of the altar has woven

upon it the inscription, " Principi Apost " ; though none

of the details are good, the effect is rather rich, as you

come upon it through the sixteenth century arch which

admits you into the chapel. The chapel is in the form

of a reversed cross to commemorate the Apostle s

humility in praying to be crucified head downwards,

because he, who had denied His Lord, was not worthy

of the honour of crucifixion crucifixion which with

the Romans was reserved for the vorst criminals, like

our hanging. The chapel has a poor seventeenth-century

stucco roof, with panels representing various miracles ;

its entrance is exactly opposite the sarcophagus of Junius

Bassus. The altar is approached by three steps, and

two prie-dieux stand in front of it. Pilgrims and others

with special claims are occasionally permitted to hold

services here.

But when you leave this place, so infinitely holy by its associations, you pass at once into the kingdom of art. You find yourself in a narrow gallery brilliantly lit by electricity, with the panels of Matteo Pollaiuolo s Confessio on one hand, and the sarcophagus of Junius Bassus and the fragments of Paul II. s tomb on the other. The memorial sculpture of ancient Rome bequeathed nothing superior to the reliefs on that sar cophagus ; the bas-reliefs on the tomb of the Venetian Pope are the masterpieces of Mino da Fiesole the Raffaelle of the sculptors of the Middle Ages Matteo


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Pollaiuolo is not to be confused with the far better known Antonio and Pietro ; he is not even mentioned in the great five-volume " Dizionario Biografico Uni- versale." His work is hardly known outside of St. Peter s. At his best, in his low reliefs, he approaches Mino, but much of his work is very inferior. His Con- fessio, several feet high and many feet long (the most important, as being the largest of the complete monu ments preserved in the crypt), once encircled the approach to the Apostle s tomb in the old basilica. It deals with the trials and the martyrdoms of St. Peter and St. Paul, but makes no attempt to reproduce their traditional portraits. The St. Paul of the late Roman fn^coes and the Byzantine mosaics has a narrow egg- shaped face, with a very high forehead and a parrot nose, and is quite bald. The St. Paul of Pollaiuolo has a snub nose, a broad face, and bushy hair and beard. But his St. Peter is reasonably near to the Byzantine portrait, which represents the chief of the Apostles as a man with bluff features, a red face, and thick curly white hair and beard. Two of the best panels are those which represent their executions. In the one St. Paul kneels bound before Nero, while a soldier prepares to strike off his head ; in the other, St. Peter is being crucified head downwards. Both have beautiful back grounds in very low relief. The horsemen and trumpet- blowers behind the former are most delicately carved ; while the silhouette of a woman s head, and the two heralds blowing horns under an oak-tree in the latter, are even finer. Indeed, that woman s profile might well become a favourite subject for reproduction.

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finest Christian Roman sarcophagus which has come down to us. It is of great beauty, though the figures are not very well proportioned, the heads being too large. It is, in fact, low art, but the grouping and draperies have no little spirit and charm. It is curiously Roman : there is not a particle of Greek feeling about it. It is the more human for that : the Greeks idealized ; the Romans were realistic. The Greeks have left us many exquisite sculptures, but hardly any real por traits. Roman portrait busts, on the other hand, are almost innumerable.

For the moment I will not mention the sculpture on the top of the sarcophagus shown in the smaller repro duction ; it does not belong to it, but the exquisite cornice at the top of the large reproduction is shown to belong to it by the inscription even if it were not proved by its homogeneity. It is supported by delightful little sculptured shafts with very ornate capitals. The first tableau shows the sacrifice of Abraham, with Isaac bound on one side and the ram on the other ; the angel touch ing Abraham s shoulder stands behind Isaac. In the second tableau St. Peter is denying Christ. In the third, Our Lord is seated between two figures, who may be St. Peter and St. Paul. In the fourth, He is being led away to prison between two Roman soldiers. It should be noticed that Our Lord is represented as a young and beardless man. In the fifth tableau, Pilate is washing his hands. The upper range of tableaux is divided from the lower by a truly remarkable device. Over each of the lower tableaux is a very ornate and debased arch, and the triangle over the capital of each of the four centre columns contains an allegorical repre sentation of a miracle. Two of them are Old Testament


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miracles ; two of them belong to the New Testament, not reckoning the representation of the Baptism of Christ. T\vo remarkable features have to be noticed in these allegorical sculptures. All the miracles, those of the Old Testament as well as the New, are performed by Our Lord ; and all the figures are allegorized as sheep or lambs instead of being human. In the baptism John is a sheep and Our Lord a lamb. The scenes represent respectively the passage of the Red Sea ; the water bursting from the rock at the touch of Moses rod ; the Multiplication of the Loaves ; the Baptism of Our Lord, and the Resurrection of Lazarus.

The lower range of tableaux represent Job s wife offering her husband a loaf at the end of a stick ; Adam and Eve and the serpent in Paradise ; Jesus riding on the ass into Jerusalem ; Daniel between two lions in the lions den, and St. Peter bound, being led away to prison.

Above the sarcophagus of Junius Bassus may be seen two monuments in the form of a pyramid and a globe, surmounted by a cross ; they had, of course, no con nection with it. They formerly decorated the top of the ciborium erected by Innocent VIII. for the Volto Santo i.e., the handkerchief of S. Veronica on which the features of Our Lord were impressed, which is one of the most precious relics preserved at St. Peter s. The little cross is, however, modern ; it replaced a bronze crucifix carried off by Innocent XL The ends of the sarcophagus are, as works of art, superior to the front ; their subjects are taken from real life, and represent the four seasons. The genii amid the grapes, the olives, and the corn, are executed with great spirit. The sar cophagus exhibits the naive touch so often found in


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sculptures of the Middle Ages : Job s wife is holding her nose ; John the Baptist is represented as a sheep with a paw on the lamb s head.

There are comparatively few Early Christian remains in the crypt which go back to the days of the Roman Empire.

Far the most notable of these is this tomb of Junius Bassus. It is of the fourth century A.D., and is a noble sarcophagus in the finest state of preservation ; it is, I think, the only tomb of early Christian times which still contains the bones of the original occupant. The other early sarcophagi such as that which still contains the bones of Hadrian IV., and those which once contained the bones of Pius II. and Pius III. are Early Christian sarcophagi used a second time. There are many examples of them in Rome, and even pagan sarcophagi were often used in the same way ; the emblems sometimes being converted and sometimes not. In Sicily I have seen a sarcophagus which had been used three times : first, for a Greek pagan, then for a Christian martyr, and then for a Norman Marquis of Gerace, who ex pected contact with the bones of the Saint to help him to a resurrection with the just, as the bones of Elisha brought the body of the dead man to life when they touched him.

Junius Bassus was Prefect of Rome, A.D. 359. The pious author, and the only author who has written about the whole of the crypt of St. Peter s a priest of S. Sulpice at Paris calls him " the illustrious person age." But though twenty-one of his name come into Smith s " Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography," he is not one of them. During his prefecture he was con verted, as one is informed by an inscription engraved on


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his sarcophagus, and he died the same year. His in scription runs : IYX . HASSVS . V . C . QVI VIXIT AXXIS . XLII MKX . II . IX IPSA PRAEFECTVRA VRHI XEOFITVS IIT AD DEVM . VIII . KAL . SKIT KYSKBIO ET YPATIO COSS.

Tlu- important words are those which tell that he lived forty-two years and two months, and went to his (iod a neophyte while he was holding office as Praefectus Urbi.

Xext to the tomb of J imius Hassus comes a series of panels from the masterpiece of Mino da Fiesole, the huge and glorious beautiful Mausoleum of Paul II., the brilliant Venetian Pope who built the great Palazzo di Venezia. It is to be hoped that the municipality of Venice will show their appreciation of the honour done their city by the present Pope (who was Patriarch of Venice before his elevation to the Papacy), by under taking the re-erection of the tomb of Paul II. in one of the chapels of the New St. Peter s, where it would be shown off to perfection. A great number of its pieces have been preserved, and the men who restored the exterior of St. Mark s could be trusted to insert the missing parts to the complete satisfaction of art lovers. The most beautiful of the figures is that of Faith, num bered 215, holding a chalice, and a cross now broken. One could not easily conceive a face of more heavenly beauty ; but Charity, numbered 219, with an infant on her knees, is hardly less exquisite. Besides the beau tiful single figures there are groups, one of which repre sents the Resurrection of Our Saviour, numbered 217, and another, the Last Judgment, numbered 218, where Our Lord, seated between St. Peter and St. Paul, and the other Apostles, raises His right hand to pronounce


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sentence. At His feet stands St. Michael, with sword and scales, waiting to deliver judgment. Two angels are sounding the Last Trump to summon the dead from their tombs. On the right of Our Saviour are the inno cent ; on His left the guilty are conducted to Eternal Fire by a demon. As fine as anything from the tomb is the exquisite panel of the Temptation in the Garden of Eden, numbered 209, in which the figures of Adam and Eve have disappeared, though one can trace their outlines ; but the serpent twined round the tree has the head of a lovely human being. The group, numbered 205, of God the Father borne up on a cloak surrounded by cherub-like angels, is, with the exception of the central figure, so inferior that Mino obviously must have left its execution to his pupils ; this is acknowledged to be the case. The Creation of Woman, on the other hand, numbered 208, is considered to be the work of Mino himself, though it is not at all equal in beauty to the statue of Faith, or the group of the Temptation in the Garden of Eden. In any case, if this is the work of Mino, it is possible that the figure of the Eternal Father in number 205 is also from his hand. The statues of St. Luke and St. John the Evangelist, num bered 212 and 213, are also assigned to this tomb. The figure of Hope, numbered 216, which had wings to fly to Heaven, and also belongs to the tomb, is not so beau tiful as the Faith or Charity, though it is a noble piece of work : it is not by Mino da Fiesole, but by Giovanni Dalmata. Pere Dufresne says that the group repre senting the Resurrection of Our Lord, numbered 217, belongs also to the tomb of Paul II., and not, as a modern inscription states, to that of Calixtus III. This group has much more of the charm of Mino da Fiesole than


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the Last Judgment, numbered 218, but experts pro nounce it to be the work of a little-known sculptor, named Argenti. Pere Dufresne points out that Mary being represented in the attitude of weeping in the adjoining mosaic is remarkable, as originally she was not represented in this attitude.

The piece of sculpture, numbered 214, which Dufresne assigned to this tomb, is now considered to be a part of the ciborium erected by Innocent VIII. for the Holy Lance. It is pronounced to be the work of Bramante and the celebrated sculptor, Paolo Romano, who has such beautiful works in the Church of S. Maria in Trastrveiv. The exquisite alto-relievo in marble which came from the ancient chapel of St. Blaise, numbered 204, one of the most beautiful objects in the crypts, is also from the atelier of Paolo Romano. The bas-reliefs, numbiTcd 206 and 207, belonging to the tomb of Cardinal Kroli, are by Giovanni Dalmata. I mention this be cause there are not many opportunities of studying this sculptor. The statues of the Apostles, numbered 220, 225, 226, 227, 228, 230, 233, 234, 236, 237 and 238, which are considered very fine, all came from the ciborium erected at the back of the tomb of St. Peter by Sixtus IV.


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As you step on to the floor of the old crypt you are overwhelmed with a rush of emotion, for you find your self standing on the actual floor of the basilica of Con- stantine. Almost immediately on your left you enter a little three-cornered chapel, which contains the remains of the only woman of less than royal rank who is buried in St. Peter s that of Madame Agnes, who was born a Colonna and became by marriage a Caetani, thus uniting two of the most princely families in Rome ; for while a Colonna is one of the two Principi Assistenti al Soglio the Princes in attendance on the throne of the Pope, the Caetani are, since the extinction of the Conti, the premier family of the Roman nobility. Women are only allowed in this chapel on the day after Pentecost. When Misson visited Rome in his cele brated voyage in the reign of Queen Anne this was the only day on which they were allowed into any part of the crypt. The old crypt, which extends the whole length of the nave, is extremely low, only six or seven feet high, covered over by broad, round-barrelled vaults, painted white.

If you walk straight past the Colonna-Caetani chapel to the end, you will pass nearly all the principal tombs which were saved from Old St. Peter s.

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The first that you come to is that of Cardinal Eroli, which bears his effigy and arms. Only the sarcophagus remains here, but other portions of his mausoleum are preserved in the crypt, the most important of which is the relief of Our Saviour in the act of blessing, which is alluded to below. Cardinal Fonseca s tomb is not important.

Eighty-six Popes were buried in the old basilica, but nearly all their tombs were destroyed by Bramante when he took down the old church in that wild haste. I will allude to them in the order in which you pass them. The Facchinetti Pope (Innocent IX.) only reigned two months, and died in 1591. The Cervini Pope (Mar- cellus II.), a distinguished diplomatist, died in 1555, after having been keeper of the Vatican Library and one of the Presidents of the Council of Trent. He was Pope only twenty-two days, and is buried in a sarco phagus of the fourth century, decorated with the figure of Our Saviour between St. Peter and St. Paul. Inno cent VII., the Migliorati Pope, also had a brief reign, only a couple of years (1404-1406) ; his ambition was to restore the Roman University founded by Boniface VIII. The sarcophagus of Urban VI., the Prignano Pope (J-37 8 - 1389), has passed through more vicissitudes than any in the crypt. It was hard that his body should not rest after such a stormy life. His bones are no longer in it ; they were emptied out by the workmen who were building the dome when they needed a trough for water. The lions which formerly adorned the sarcophagus now adorn the throne of St. Peter in the chapel of S. Maria della Bocciata in the crypt. Gregorovius, in The Tombs of the Popes," done into English by Mr. Seton Watson so admirably, says : " That the tomb of Urban VI.,


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despite its absurd and barbarous inscription, must have been truly magnificent, is proved by the drawings of it made before it was destroyed to make way for the new church/

Hare, page 526, says : " Next follows the sarcophagus of Urban VI., Bartolommeo Prignano (1378-1389), the sole relic of the magnificent tomb of this cruel Pope, who is credited with having walled up two or three of his Cardinals while at Genoa during the Schism, and is believed to have died of poison. It bears his figure, and, in front, a bas-relief of him receiving the keys from St. Peter Its epitaph runs thus :

Here rests the just, wise, and noble prince, Urban VI., a native of Naples. He, full of zeal, gave a safe refuge to the teachers

of the faith, That gained for him, noble one, a fatal poison cup

at the end of the repast. Great was the schism, but great was his courage in

opposing it, And in the presence of this mighty Pope Simony

sat dumb.

But it is needless to reiterate his praises upon earth, While heaven is shining with his immortal glory. :

This is the epitaph which Platina stigmatised as " satis rustico et inepto " uncouth and foolish.

Nicholas III., who died in 1280, the Orsini Pope, was the rebuilder of the Vatican and the chapel of the Sancta Sanctorum at the top of the Scala Santa as it now is. Julius III., died 1555, the del Monte Pope, who has a plain altar tomb bearing only his name, was the

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founder of the charming Villa Papa Giulio near the Ponte Molle, which is now the Etruscan Museum. He was notorious for his nepotism ; he created no less than live of his family Cardinals. The tomb of Paul II., the Barbo Pope, who died in 1471, formed part of one of the most remarkable monuments of the Middle Ages. His noble mausoleum was the masterpiece of Mino da Fiesole ; the glorious fragments of it which remain in the crypt have already been described. If he was vain and luxurious, he was also noted for his love of art and antiquities and the prestige of the Papacy. In his Palazzo di Venezia he made a magnificent collection of classical and mediaeval antiquities. When he died, his relative, Marco Barbo, Patriarch of Aqnileia, commis sioned Mino da Fiesole to execute his famous monu ment, which included, according to Pere Dufresne, besides the sarcophagus, statues of the Evangelists, the theological virtues, and four biblical scenes : the creation of woman, the original sin, the Resurrection of Our Lord, and the Last Judgment. Paul II., for whom Mino da Fiesole carved one of the most beautiful tombs of all time, rests in a comparatively low sarcophagus with a very long inscription on it, flanked with two rather charming little angels. The recumbent figure on the top entirely overwhelms the tomb : it shows a very tall and handsome man with statuesque features. He is reputed to have been the handsomest of all the Popes, and a malicious tradition relates that his Car dinals had great difficulty in preventing him taking the name of Formosus, the Beautiful, as his new name when he was elected Pope. " But," says Gregorovius (" Tombs of the Popes," Seton Watson s Transla tion), " the Cardinals pointed out to him that the


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assumption of such a title would seem a mere idle allusion to his handsome figure. Men mocked at his vanity, because he loved nothing better than to show himself in processions, where he towered above the heads of other men. He decked himself out like a conceited woman before he went to attend the solemn functions of the Church. He squandered vast sums upon the adornment of his person. He had sapphires, chrysolites, smaragdi, diamonds and pearls sent to him from all parts of the world, that he might adorn his mitre, and then displayed himself in it before the populace as the handsomest of all the Popes. Nicholas V. had collected manuscripts for his library with the passion of a humanist and an antiquary ; Paul II., with equal zeal, collected antique gems, medals, statues, and works of art of every kind."

Paul II. was buried in this sarcophagus against his own wishes, for he had had the gigantic sarcophagus of S. Constantia, the daughter of Constantine the Great, one of the two finest pieces of porphyry in the world, removed from the church of S. Costanza (a still un injured building, erected by Constantine himself in the grounds of S. Agnese fuori le Mura) to his palace of San Marco (now the Palazzo di Venezia), and ordered that he should be buried in it.

Nicholas V., the Parentucelli Pope, who died in 1455, the little plain scholar from Sarzana, was the first of all the Popes to appreciate the antiquities of ancient Rome. For the revival of literature and art his was the most glorious reign of the brilliant fifteenth century. His death-bed speech, quoted by Pere Dufresne, is an index to the character of the Scholar-Pope who founded the Vatican Library : " I found the Holy Church desolated


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with wars and choked with debts ; I have reformed it and made it strong ; I have delivered it from schism ; I have reconquered its cities and castles ; I have not only freed it from its debts, but I have raised for its d< fence splendid fortresses, such as those of Gualdo, Assisi, Fabriano, Civita-Castellana, Narni, Orvieto, Si><>lrto, and Yiterbo. I have embellished it by raising imposing monuments, upon which I have lavished all the resources of art, aided by the glitter of gold and jewels. I have enriched it with books and tapestries, vases of gold and silver and magnificent ornaments, destined for Religion. And though I have amassed all these treasures I have not to reproach myself with cupidity or simony, or love of presents, or avarice ; on the contrary, I have shown in every respect a noble liberality, both in building and in my numrrous pur chases oi books, and in the impetus I have given to the copying of Greek and Latin manuscripts, and in pen- sions granted to learned men. That I have been able to do all this I owe to the favour of the Divine Creator and the state of peace which the Church has enjoyed imintenuptediv during my Pontificate." Of Nicholas V., Givgnrovius (" Tombs of the Popes," Seton Watson s Transition says: "With Nicholas V., Thomas of Sar/ana (1447-1455), the most liberal of all promoters of knowledge, the humanism of the century, actually

mounted the Papal throne Nicholas V.,

during whose reign Byzantium fell into the power of the Turks, rescued the treasures of classic literature by transporting them from thence to Rome, gave a fresh impulse to Greek studies, and gathered round him such men as Poggio Bracciolini, Gregory of Trebizond, Nicola Perotto, Lorenzo Valla, Theodore of Gaza, and Cardinal


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Bessarion. In the last year of his Pontificate the art of printing made its appearance in Rome, where it was hospitably received by the noble family of the Massimi.

f< It was the same Pope who founded the Vatican Library, by despatching agents into every country, charged with the purchase of manuscripts. Lastly, he conceived the project worthy of the Flavian Em perors of enlarging the Vatican Palace into a Papal City, an Apostolic Palatine Hill, and of converting St. Peter s into the mightiest temple of the world. The realization of this scheme was reserved for the daring mind of Julius II. But the latter, though he inherited his colossal ideas from Nicholas V., had no respect for the monument of so honourable a predecessor. He allowed it to perish during the demolition of the ancient church, and thus only a few remnants have been pre served in the Grotte Vaticane statues of the Apostles Matthew, James, and John, figures of angels and other fragments."

The founder of the noble study of archaeology rests in a beautiful altar tomb, though not equal to that of Boniface VIII., which stands nearly opposite to it. At the very end of the aisle is the finest perfect tomb in the crypt that of the great Pope, Boniface VIII. (died 1303), the last of the great Pontiffs like Gregory VII., Alexander III., and Innocent III., who tried to rule the world. This, too, is an altar tomb by the incom parable Arnolfo di Lapo,* with a recumbent portrait

  • Gregorovius must have confused the sarcophagus with another, for in his

" The Tombs of the Popes " he says : " In the crypt of the Vatican, upon the lid of an ancient marble coffin, tasteless and defaced by age, we may still trace the features of the celebrated Boniface VIII. of Anagni," but lower down he says (" Tombs of the Popes," Seton Watson s Translation) : " He was interred in a chapel which he had himself designed and adorned with mosaics, and a handsome tomb was erected to him there. When this chapel was destroyed


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figure which has hardly a superior anywhere, and an exquisitely carved pall. The face shows superb strength, and the draperies of the tomb are beautiful. It is the best tomb of the period in Rome in attitude and in effect, down to the smallest detail, such as the jewellery in his tiara. A stately chapel rose over it, of which fragments (including a portion of the ciborium) are preserved close by. One bears the arms of the Caetani, the premier family of the Italian nobility, to which this Pope belonged.

The legend that he had died mad, biting his hands and arms, is disproved by the condition of his body, which was discovered in the time of Paul V. when the n< AV Cathedral was being built. More than three hundred years after his death, the body was found quite perfect, with only the nose and lips decayed. It was opened again in 1835, but on ^y the skeleton re mained in full Pontifical costume. The inscription on his coiiin recorded the state of preservation when the body was examined in 1835. Boniface was the Pope who canonized St. Louis and instituted the Jubilee to


owing to the building of the new basilica, by a strange stroke oi fate, his corpse, still in good preservation, was discovired on the 302111! anniversary of his death. The dead I ope was clothed in pallium and planeta, and wore white gloves embroidered with pearls, and a small white mitre of woollen material ; a sapphire upon his linger was not worth thirty scudi. Boniface VIII. must have been unusually tall, for his body measured seven and three-quarters palms ; according to the opinion of the doctors he was bald and beardless. His coffin stands to this day in the crypt of the Vatican, and above it he himself is repre sented in the attitude of death. The head is handsome, severe, and noble in its outlines ; it agrees thoroughly with his portrait from the hand of Giotto, which also shows a beardless face, finely ovalled. The head is covered with a long mitre shaped like a sugar-loaf, on which two crowns are to be observed. For this arrogant priest was the first to assume a double crown, all previous Popes having borne only a single-crowned mitre. Afterwards Urban V. added yet a third cicnvn, thus producing the famous triple tiara." But Silvagni (" La Corte e la Societa Komana nei XVIII. c XIX. secoli"), and others, attribute the third crown to the haughty Frenchman, Benedict XII., 1334-1342.


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take place every hundred years : he was a great patron of art and literature. Boniface was the life-long enemy of the Colonna; his motto might have been " Delenda est Columna."* In his anxiety to root them out, he destroyed the glorious old town of Palestrina and its great Temple of Fortune, which had survived in an almost perfect state from ancient times the finest temple in all Italy. The Colonna bided their time, and when Philip le Bel of France sent an army into Italy, they made a dash at the grand old man of Anagni, who had fortified himself in his native city. The citizens were sullen and offered no resistance ; then Sciarra Colonna, the fiercest of the clan, subjected the captive Pope to the humiliation of a mock crucifixion between two thieves. Boniface maintained his courage un shaken : he had refused to fly or to disguise himself. " If I die," he said, " I will die a Pope." The citizens rallied to him ; a truce was patched up ; but the shock had been too much for the old man, and soon brought down his grey hairs to the grave. Dante alluded to the incident in the twentieth Canto of his " Purgatory."

" I in Alagna see the fleur-de-lys,

Christ, in His Vicar, captive to the foe. Him once again as mocked and scorned I see,

I see once more the vinegar and gall, And slain between two robbers hangeth He."

" Purgatory," Canto xx., 86-90.

Upon which Dean Plumtre gives the following note : The mockery and scorn, the wormwood and the gall, of the Crucifixion were reproduced by this new Pilate when he gave Boniface into the hands of his enemies of the House of Colonna."

We know the features of the great and turbulent and

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worldly Pope as well as any in the long line of the successors of St. Peter ; for we have not only the noble effigy on his tomb, but two erect contemporary por traits representing him in his pride and prime. He sits still enthroned in a stately esedra below the roof of his

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Cathedral of Anagni. And in the Lateran we have a portrait of him by (iiotto himself, between two Cardinals, proclaiming the tirst Jubilee.

(iregorovius, in his " Tombs of the Popes " (Seton Watson s Translation), sums up Boniface VIII. thus : " He stood at the death-bed of the thirteenth century, and saw the fourteenth born ; he is one of the great representatives of the age of Dante. The mighty poet once appeared before him as Florentine Ambassador; and in the first Jubilee year of Rome, Giovanni Villani conceived the plan of his chronicle, the greatest triumph of Italian historical genius. It was in the year 1300 that Boniface proclaimed this festival, and we are still reminded of it to-day by a precious memorial a picture of Giotto, which is preserved under glass in the right aisle of the Lateran. It represents Boniface standing between two Cardinals, in the act of announcing the Year of Jubilee. This Pope was daring enough to renew once more the mighty struggle between Church and State. In the Bull L num Sanctum, in which he laid claim to an over-lordship above all Kings and countries, he rashly bade defiance to the forces of nationality hitherto latent, but invincible when once awakened. In excommunicating Philip the Fair, King of France, he raised up an enemy who eventually worked his ruin."

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the gifted Pius II., who died 1464, the most accom plished of all the Popes, that Aeneas Sylvius Piccolo- mini of Siena, whose career fills the walls of the Library of Siena Cathedral with that series of frescoes by Pinturicchio which has no equal for beauty and bright ness. The tomb in which his bones were to have been laid is a sarcophagus of the age of the foundation of the old basilica. The carvings, which are rather coarsely executed, according to Dufresne, represent various biblical subjects. In the centre is Our Lord on a little hill from which pour four rivers. At His feet are miniature figures in the act of prayer, without doubt the deceased persons for whom the sarcophagus was originally intended ; at the side are the Delivery of Our Lord, and Our Lord before Pilate. This sarco phagus was found during the rebuilding in the founda tions of the older church. " Aeneas Sylvius," says Gregorovius, in " The Tombs of the Popes " (Seton Watson s Translation), " was the son of a poor noble man of the family of Piccolomini in Siena, which owed its greatness to his genius. His brilliant talents alike as poet, courtier, and man of the world, rapidly trans formed him from a literary adventurer into a man of wide fame and popularity. In early life he was Secretary to the Anti-Pope Felix V., and ambassador to the Emperor Frederick III., who solemnly invested him with the poet s laurel crown, and whose history Aeneas wrote. At the Council of Basel he eloquently championed the rights of General Councils as opposed to those of the Roman Pontiffs, but afterwards seceded to the party of Eugenius IV., and laid the final founda tions of his good fortune as Secretary to three successive Popes, while Calixtus III. raised him to the rank of


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Cardinal. When eventually he succeeded the latter on the Papal throne he renounced all the traditions of his past life. During an all too brief reign the cause that lay nearest to his heart was the destruction of the Turkish power. His ardent desire was to place himself at the head of a crusading army, and he died with his weapon already in his hand, full of warlike enthusiasm, amid the din of arming hosts assembled at the seaport of Ancona."

Pius III., his nephew, who died in 1503, and was the last Pope buried in Old St. Peter s (for his successor was Julius II., who demolished the old basilica), had chosen for his tomb a magnificent sarcophagus of the fifth century, not sculptured like his uncle s, but of majestic solidity and simplicity. He reigned only twenty-six days, but few Popes ever accomplished so much in a month. His body rested here for a hundred years, then his remains, and those of his uncle, Pius II., were transferred to the pretentious tombs in the Church of S. Andrea della Vallc. It was hard that Aeneas Sylvius, the humanist, should be the prey of vulgarity.

But there was appropriateness in the transference, for the head of St. Andrew was brought from Byzantium to Rome by Thomas Palaeologus during the reign of Pius II., and received with ceremonies of extraordinary fervour and splendour.

The next tomb has special interest for the English, for it is that of Hadrian IV., who died in 1159, the only Englishman who ever sat on the throne of St. Peter. He was born Nicholas Breakspear, of poor parents, at St. Albans. He showed the courage and capacity of his race, for he put down the disturbances caused by Arnold of Brescia with a firm hand, and adhered to his


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refusal to crown the great Frederick Barbarossa until the Emperor had done homage to him by holding his stirrup like King Pepin the Short. He was the first of the score of Popes who held Court at Orvieto, and Orvieto is full of grand old Romanesque houses of his day. He is buried in a gigantic sarcophagus of red Egyptian granite, majestic in its simplicity, which must have been the coffin of an ancient Roman, as is shown by the skulls of oxen which are carved upon it. The sole inscription is " Hadrianus Papa IV." Not so very far from his tomb, but in the centre aisle, is that attri buted to the extraordinary Alexander VI. (d. 1503), the wicked Borgia Pope, whose crimes to secure the aggrandizement of his children, Lucrezia and Cesare, fill so many pages of history and fiction. If one may trust the kneeling portrait in those exquisite Borgia apartments which he employed Pinturicchio to fresco, he was a splendid specimen of manhood, physically. But that portrait does not tally with the pious face of the recumbent effigy on the tomb which he is supposed to have occupied. Perhaps this belonged to the uncle who paved the way to his greatness, Calixtus III. (d. 1458). Gregorovius, in " The Tombs of the Popes " (Set on Watson s Translation), says : " The Borgia Pope

has no monument, not even a grave The

sarcophagus in the Vatican crypt, which is shown as that of Alexander, also belongs to his uncle, Calixtus III., whose full-length figure lies above Through out life he was favoured by a boundless fortune. Nature had endowed him with a majestic presence and a lively understanding. The motives of his fearful crimes are to be found, not so much in his ambition, as in his sensuality and love for his bastard children. His reign


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brought with it universal ruin ; it was the curse of Italy, which he delivered over to the mercy of French and Spanish armies, and the curse of the Church, in whose eyes his Pontificate must remain an eternal disgrace. And, indeed, a dreadful Nemesis was at hand. The voice of Savonarola, it is true, was stifled in the flames of the stake ; but Luther still lived, and no succeeding Pope has ever availed to undo his mighty work."

The bones of both of them lie in the church of the Spaniards, S. Maria di Montserrato. So universally was Alexander VI. execrated, that no monument was erected over them until the late Pope s time, when there was an ebullition of Spanish amour proprc, which partly took the shape of monumentalizing the notorious Borgia, partly of insisting on the removal of the tablet which showed the real place where St. Peter was executed ; because it injured the other Spanish church of S. Pietro in Montorio, to have doubts cast on the spot under the Tempietto of Bramante, where, without any proper authority, the monks maintained the execution to have taken place. Both the Borgia Popes were buried, until 1610, in the chapel of S. Maria delle Febbri. In a line \vith this tomb is that of the great young Emperor, Otto II., an enormous plaster erection, which one might almost call a tumulus, painted to resemble porphyry ; it is about twelve feet long and four feet high, and is said to contain an ancient sarcophagus, for which the present font of St. Peter s is wrongly supposed to have formed the cover. It really belonged to the tomb of the famous Crescentius, Prefect of Rome, alluded to below. But Klaczko says : " Stranger still were the destinies of the tomb of the Emperor Otho II. The ancient sarcophagus which held the mortal remains of the young monarch


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until 1609 the year when the last part of the old basilica was torn down was afterwards changed into a fountain to adorn the Cortile of the Quirinale Palace ; and its superb lid, a colossal mass of red porphyry, now inverted, is the baptismal font of St. Peter s, in the first chapel on the left of the entrance. Let it be rioted that this same porphyry lid came from Hadrian s mausoleum, and had probably sheltered the ashes of that Ultra-Pagan Prince ! "

Between the two at the end of the central aisle is the tomb of Raymond Zacosta, the Grand-Master of the Knights of St. John of Malta. Close by the tomb of Otto is that of Gregory V., who was made Pope at the age of twenty-three by his cousin, the Emperor Otto III. He died after a brief reign, made strong by the oppo sition of the famous Crescentius and the Anti-Pope John XVI. He is buried in a costly sarcophagus of the fifth century.

Gregorovius, in his "Tombs of the Popes" (Seton Watson s Translation), says : " Not far from the grave of Otto stands the sarcophagus of the first Pope of German origin Gregory V. Bruno (996-999). It was erected by his cousin Otto III. With him the Dark Ages came to an end, and the era of the Hildebrandine reforms begins to dawn. A fortunate accident has preserved his coffin and its inscription ; and its time- worn characters, in barbarous Latin, make the past live once more before us. It was an age full of glory for the German nation, but dismal enough in the history of the Eternal City. On April 29th, 998, the Castle of Sant Angelo fell into the power of the young Emperor, and with it Crescentius, the forerunner of Arnold of Brescia and Cola di Rienzi. For this daring Roman,


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sprung from a noble Latian family, was the first in the long series of patriots who sought to free the city of their fathers from the tyranny alike of Pope and German Emperor. lie had succeeded in expelling Gregory V., but Otto III. ere long restored his favourite to power ; and the luckless champion of liberty was beheaded in Sant Angelo, and his corpse hurled with savage insults from the battlements."

Gregory V. died young, like his kinsmen the Ottos, after a troubled reign of less than two vears and a half ; he was only twenty-seven or twenty-eight. Otto III., who had loved him with youthful enthusiasm, and had received from his hands the Imperial Crown, had the dead Pope interred close to Gregory the Great in a white marble sarcophagus, covered with rudely-executed reliefs representing scenes from Scripture.

" He who rests here, of noble eyes and countenance,

Was once called Gregory, tilth of the name. His early name was Bruno, of the ro.al Franki.sh race.

The son of Otto and of Judith his spouse. A German in speech, he was brought up in the city of Worms ;

He yet mounted the Apostolic Throne, when young in years. He reigned two years and almost eight months,

Dying when February had numbered thrice six days. Generous to the poor, each Sunday he gave out vestments among them.

Careful to observe the Apostolic number."

(Translated by R. \V. Seton Watson in Gregorovius s " Tombs of the Popes.")

All epitaphs and epigraphs make stiff reading for a book which aims at interesting the ordinary mortal ; so I shall pass them by with the less important pieces of sculpture and fragments of mosaics.

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the tombs enormous and hideous arks of painted plaster which contain the bones of the last three Stuarts, James, the Old Pretender, Charles Edward, the Young Pretender, and Henry, Cardinal of York. These un happy and luckless Princes rest here and not beneath the elegant monument, by Canova, which George IV. had the good grace to erect to their memory on the first pier of the nave of St. Peter s.

As I have mentioned, had James seen fit to change his religion for the Crown of Britain, he would have reigned longer than any of our Sovereigns, not even excepting Queen Victoria. For James II. died in 1701, and James III. just lived into 1766. But though few in the history of the world have given up so much for their faith, he can hardly be canonized ; Rome knows him too well. For he spent the last half century of what Chambers calls his " faineant, dissolute, prayerful life " there. Charles Edward was born at Rome in 1720, and died there in 1788. His youth was chivalrous and splendid, but for the last forty years of his life he was a miserable drunkard.

Henry, created by his father Duke of York, and by Benedict XIV., Cardinal, was the best of the three. He was much loved at Frascati, where he was Bishop, and celebrated for his charity. While he enjoyed the revenues of the two rich abbeys bestowed upon him through the favour of the French Court he was wealthy. When Charles Edward died, in 1788, he had a medal struck, bearing this legend in Latin : "Henry IX., King of England, by the Grace of God, but not by the will of men."

He lost his income from France by the French Revolu tion, but relieved the necessities of Pius VI. by selling

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his family jewels. In the last years of his life, George IV., then Prince Regent, and he, exchanged various amenities. George gave him a pension of 4,000 a year, and when he died, an old, old man, in 1807, he bequeathed to George the Crown jewels, carried off by his grand father from England a hundred and nineteen years before a record in the annals of longevity. In 1819 the Prince Regent commissioned Canova to erect the famous monument. Charles Edward was buried first at Era-cut i, where the Cardinal lived, but his remains were translated to St. Peter s. It is down in the crvpt that the adherents of the lost cause, the protesting subjects of the fallen Stuarts, come to lay their white roses ; not on the tomb of him who sacrificed so much and so long, but on that of the graceless, graceful Charles Edward.

The Cardinal of York was there ever a more beautiful title ? was Arch-Priest of St. Peter s for fifty-six years.

Near the Stuart tombs is that of another nomad, who gave up a throne for the Roman Catholic religion, Christina of Sweden, the daughter of the champion of the Protestants in the Thirty Years War. She be queathed to the Vatican the splendid library her father had acquired by the capture of Prague and other cities.

Almost in a line with the tombs of the Stuarts, let into the opposite pier, is a porphyry slab, on which tradition declares that Pope S. Silvester, in 319, divided the bodies of St. Peter and St. Paul to give part to each of the two basilicas of the Vatican and the Ostian Way. But Professor Marucchi, the antiquary to the Holy See, rejects the tradition. Next to it is another marble slab,


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called the accursed stone, on which many martyrs are said to have suffered.

It was transferred from a church outside the Leonine city to the Old St. Peter s, where it was placed by the side of the Chapel of the Volto Santo. Near here also are a fine fragment of the pavement of the basilica of Constantine (proving that the floor of the crypt was the floor of Old St. Peter s), and the famous marble copy of the donation of the Countess Matilda, giving all her dominions to the Papacv. She made the formal gift

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to a Legate of Pascal II. in 1102, and this marble copy was erected close to the tomb of St. Peter. The Countess is buried in St. Peter s, on the right side opposite the Chapel of the Holy Sacrament. It was the support of Matilda that enabled Gregory VII. to humiliate the Emperor Henry IV. at Canossa. The Castle of Canossa belonged to her.

In the floor close by is the tomb of Charlotte, Queen of Cyprus and Jerusalem, who was dethroned in 1458, and came to implore the Pope s aid in recovering her crown. Pius II. had the good sense to recognize the impossibility, and gave her a pension and a palace instead. There are still in the Vatican Library books presented to her.


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HERE you enter the new crypt. Just at the entrance then- is a representation of the head of St. Andrew, carried on a cloth by two angels, erected to commemorate the acquisition of the head of the Apostle from Con stantinople by Pius II. Gregorovius gives a wonderful description of its reception in the seventh volume of his history :

" Rodrigo Borgia, afterwards Alexander VI., covered his palace with the most costly draperies, and trans formed the surrounding quarter into a paradise resonant with music. The Pope made a Latin speech to the head, in which he said, So them comest at last, O most holy head of an Apostle driven from thine abode by the fury of the Turk. Like an exile, thou takest refuge with thy brother, the Prince of the Apostles. This is Alma Roma which thou seest before thec, and which is dedicated to the most precious blood of thy brother in the flesh. The Romans, who are thy brother s family, greet thee as their uncle and father.

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Andrew, as a new protector to Rome, would unite the Kings in a crusade. The head of St. Andrew is now preserved in one of the piers of the dome.

All round here are fifteenth century sculptures belong ing to the tombs of Nicholas V. and Innocent VIII., and the famous altar and ciborium which Innocent erected to receive the head of the Holy Lance with which Our Lord s side was pierced, when it was sent to him by the Sultan Bajazet. They consist of statues and medallions. The lovely statues of the four doctors of the Latin Church St. Ambrose, St. Gregory, St. Jerome, and St. Augustine are said to have belonged to the tomb of Calixtus III. Charming, too, ar\ the fifteenth- century medallions of the Evangelists, which belonged to the ciborium of the Holy Lance.

Just opposite the chapel of S. Mary of the Women with Child, is the famous inscription of Pope S. Damasus, which gives its name to the principal court of the Vatican. It is the most beautiful inscription in the crypts. It is disappointing to find that this stately epigraph only refers to the drainage, which the saint, with saving common sense, diverted from the tombs to a place where it could be used for a baptistery. S. Damasus lived in the first century of the old basilica.

The fine ancient mosaics on the pier between the entrance to this chapel and the adjoining chapel of S. Maria della Bocciata, came from the tomb of poor young Otto II., who had such high hopes of living to see the Millennium, and died a mere boy in 983. The figure of Christ reminds you of the great mosaic Christs of Palermo, Monreale, and Cefalu, especially in the action of the hand. Pere Dufresne says that St. Peter s holding three keys is significant, without doubt typifying


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the fact that the Sovereign Pontiff exercises authority over the Church, triumphant, militant, and suffering.

The Chapel of S. Maria Pregnantium is the largest chapel in the crypt. Close to its door is a beautiful bas-relief of Our Saviour blessing the Innocents ; a fragment of the tomb of Cardinal Eroli, by Giovanni Dalmata, a sculptor of ability who flourished about 1470-1480, concerning whom, like Paolo Romano and Francesco Laurana (who were approximately his con temporaries, and the latter of whom executed busts of conspicuous beauty and European fame), one can practically find no details in works of reference. The group by the Dalmatian is interesting, because the Head of Our Lord has the hair raying out like sun beams, as you have it on the handkerchief of S. Veronica.

Opposite this is a fine inscription of Pope Hormisdas, the Pontiff who reunited the Eastern and Western Churches after they had been separated for thirty-five years. The mosaic angel by Giotto on the same wall is very lovely, but it looks as if it had been restored by Guido Reni or Carlo Dolce : it came from the wall of the nave of Old St. Peter s. Between it and the window is another fragment of Matteo Pollaiuolo s screen, which went round the Confessio of Old St. Peter s : the piece which represents Nero condemning the Apostles formed the paliotto of the High Altar. As a representa tion of Nero it is worthless. The sculptor tried to make him finicking and comical, as a concession to the reli gious prejudices of the times. Opposite this is a beau tiful inscription of the twelfth century, a panegyric of S. Boniface IV., the Pope who had the satisfaction of extorting from the worthless Emperor, Phocas, a grant


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of the Pantheon, which after due purification he con secrated as S. Maria ad Marty res, transferring to it thirty waggon-loads of the bones of the martyrs from the catacombs. From here a low stair leads up into a smaller chapel, which contains some most interesting objects : such as the mosaic portrait of John VII., very like the Ravenna mosaics ; possibly also like its subject, because the square nimbus shows that it was executed in his life- time. John holds a representation of the oratory from which this mosaic came, in his hand. This is the oratory which stood on the extreme left of the west front of Old St. Peter s, and was built in the eighth century in honour of the Virgin. It was also called the Oratory of the SS. Sudarium, and the Oratory of S. Veronica, because the celebrated relic of the Holy Face, which we call S. Veronica s handkerchief, and the Italians call the Volto Santo, was kept there. It was destroyed in the seventeenth century. Near this is a marble tablet engraved with three prayers for the soul of Gregory III., who died in 741, which were written on marble after his death and placed on his tomb. Opposite to this is a very holy spot, where once reposed in the same tomb S. Leo I., S. Leo II., S. Leo III., and S. Leo IV. The first S. Leo, the Great, stayed the hand of Attila ; the third crowned Charlemagne ; the fourth was the builder of the Leonine city. They all lie in one of the transepts of the New St. Peter s, under the altar of St. Mary of the Column. Near this is a twelfth century picture of the Virgin, which was in the old basilica. The head is charming, but far more im portant is the painting beside it of the facade, and the portico of the old basilica, and of the Old Vatican. Separated from the Chapel of S. Maria Pregnantium


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by a wall is the Chapel of S. Maria dclla Hocciata. On the right hand, as you enter it, are some lovely arabesque bas-reliefs from the Garden of Nero, which equal in love liness anything of the kind which has survived from classical times. Who knows if they may not have been preserved as having stood by the spot where St. IVter met his death ? Who knows that Mino da Fiesole, who worked so much for Old St. Peter s, did not draw the inspiration for his delicious bas-reliefs from them ? In the vault above them we- have frescoes of some of the most precious objects in Old St. Peter s, such as the Shrine of the Holy Lance, erected by Pope Inin.tvut VIII., of which line fragments remain scattered about this crypt. Its splendour was brief, for the Lance- Head, with which tradition said the side of the Saviour was pierced, uas only brought to Rome in 1492, the gift of the Sultan, Baja/et II., sent as a diplomatic olfermg to the Pope, who was very obligingly keeping his brother and rival, Prince J)jem, out oi Turkey in honourable captivity. Thv Prince is one of the most notable figures in the frescoes of the Borgia Apartments. There are also pictures of the baldachin which was over tlu- Yolto Santo, and the ciborium which contained the shroud that wrapped Our Lord s body; and some of the most famous mosaics oi the old church. Under neath them is a thirteenth century mosaic which came from the Oratory of John VII. Opposite this is one of the finest statues in the crypt that of Benedict XII., who died 1342. The style and execution are noble ; the sculptor had quite an Egyptian inspiration. It is so majestic, though it is not of full length, that it is worthy of the Pope who founded the Palace of Avignon, which, of all the work of human hands, comes nearest to


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the rocks of God. Between it and the door is a sin gularly beautiful monument, a statue of St. Peter seated on a throne designed for Benedict XII., with the lions at his feet which once adorned the tomb of Urban VI. The throne is the most beautiful in Rome. It consists of a sort of triptych of three gables. The centre is occupied by the seat, while in each of the sides is the figure of an angel between two elegant little spiral columns with ribbons of mosaic twined round them. The base is inlaid with porphyry discs and scrolls of the school of the Cosmati. The statue, which is much older than the statue exhibited in the church above for the adoration of the faithful, was once a Roman Consul, but was given a new head with a halo, and a new hand with keys.

The chapel of S. Maria della Bocciata, which contains some of the gems of all the crypts, takes its name from an image of the Virgin which used to stand in the portico, whose face bled when it was struck by pebbles. The two stones worn into holes, protected by bars, under neath it, are by some thought to have been worn by the fall of the blood ; but others say by the fingers of the faithful touching the sacred spot. The image now stands at the end of the chapel, which contains such noble monuments. Opposite the entrance is a little chapel dedicated to Our Saviour, called the Salvatorino. On the pier at the entrance of this chapel is the great marble cross which crowned the fagade of Old St. Peter s in the Middle Ages. Almost opposite its entrance is a statue of St. James the Less, which belonged to the magnificent ciborium erected by Sixtus IV. at the back of the High Altar of Old St. Peter s. The other eleven Apostles are all preserved in the Grotte Nuove. This


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statue stands just by the entrance into the crypt from St. Veronica s pier.

It is we ll to leave these two chapels to the end, because they are par excellence the museums of Old St. Peter s. And the reason why the crypts are holy ground is because they are all we have of the Old St. Peter s, which was the Temple of Christianity.


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CHAPTER VIII. NICHOLAS V. AND THE VATICAN.

Dans son rfegne trop bref de huit annees il depassa par Fampleur inouie de ses plans tout ce que les im aginations les plus ardentes avaient pu concevoir. . . . . Nicolas V. voulut egaler la Rome papale a la Rome des empereurs ; il la voulut reine du monde. Roma caput mundi regit orbis frena rotundi. II fallait que cette fiere devise inscrite, deux siecles auparavant, par Louis de Baviere en exergue de sa bulle d or, fut enfin pleinement realisee : Rome centre de la Renaissance, et mere de toute civilization ! Seul peutetre des papes du quinzieme siecle, Nicolas V. fut pousse a ce puissant dessein par autre chose que I immensite d un orgueil cherchant a se combler, le desir effrene d une gloire qui se veut immortelle ; il regarda plus loin et plus haut." Andre Perate : "Les Papes et les Arts."


THE Vatican, like Florence, played a protagonist s part in the Renaissance. It cannot be denied, I think, that it had its inspiration from Florence, for Thomas of Sarzana, Tommaso Parentucelli, the wizened little scholar born in the last years of the fourteenth century, who found himself at forty-nine, in the year of grace 1447, the head of a liberal Christendom, had, as he was climbing the ladder to the pinnacle of earthly greatness, himself been a librarian and copyist of manuscripts in


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Florence. While he was climbing the ladder his eyes had ever rested on the same rung as his hands instead of gazing at the top. He had done the work of the day without a thought above it, and when the mutual jealousies of others had, to his utter astonishment, lifted him to the throne of St. Peter as Nicholas V., he fulfilled a scholar s ambitions and ladled out with both hands to other scholars the wealth which seemed as bottomless as the sea.

He gave a thousand crowns to (iuarino for executing a translation of Strabo for him. He offered ten thousand gold ducats for a translation of Homer ; live thousand gold ducats for a MS. of St. Matthew in the original (ireek ; while lie paid the greatest painters of his day from seven to fifteen ducats a month. Scholarship has never had such a Maecenas as Nicholas V. When scholars did not come to him of their own accord he wrote to them to ask why.

Supreme events happened in the short reign (it only lasted from 1447-1455) of the Little Man of Sarzana. For in 1453 Mahomet II. accomplished the long purpose of the Falcon of the Prophet in conquering Constanti nople ; and in 1454 Europe at length achieved what Corea, a century before, and China perhaps many centuries before, had achieved, in the printing of books from movable types.

Nicholas has left eternally recorded his wish to help the cause of scholarship, for the first two documents printed in Europe, bearing the very date of that year 1454- were the Thirty-Line and Thirty-One-Line Indulgences printed at Mainz, by the order of the Pope on behalf of the Kingdom of Cyprus against the Turks.

Unfortunately for the printers they did not wend their


Ufarano s "plan, showing how Old St. Peter s and the present Cathedral rest upon the Circus of Xero. l- roni 1 htolt sf s " // I a/icaiiii."



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way to Rome for another ten years, when Nicholas had long lain in the stately tomb of which the fragments are gathered up in the crypt of St. Peter s. Calixtus III., his successor, was a man of a very different stamp; he could only think of crusades. Pius II., who suc ceeded him, had been, as Aeneas Sylvius, one of the greatest humanists of his age ; but he, like Calixtus, thought that everything should give way to the para mount necessity of organizing a Christian League against the Turks. Paul II., the luxurious Venetian who was elected in 1464, was more interested in forming a museum. To their eternal honour, the Massimi, who claim to be the oldest family in Rome, and the lineal descendants of Fabius Maximus, who saved the city from Hannibal, though they are not ranked as the oldest of the Roman nobility, received the wandering printers into their grim ancient palace, which still stands unchanged nearly opposite the Church of S. Andrea della Valle. Pius II., the humanist, lies buried in S. Andrea, for the chief glory of his Papacy was the reception of the head of the Apostle Andrew which the wily Greek, Thomas Palaeologus, brought with him, as a peace offering, when he arrived in Rome as a refugee from the conquering Turk.

Nicholas V. tried to raise Christendom against the Turks with indulgences, but he saw more clearly another aspect of the case the importance of collecting the manuscripts carried away by Greek refugees from Con stantinople and other conquered cities. He had two soaring ideas : the Renaissance of the world by learning, and the turning of the eyes of Christendom to a Vatican which should outshine in magnificence the Palatine of the Emperors. He once said that his wish was to spend


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all that he possessed on books and buildings : he did not dream then that he would ever have anything to spend exeept his health and his time ; but when he was unexpectedly elevated to the Papacy he was as good as his word, and his ruling passion was strong even in death. On his very death bed he addressed a Latin speech to his Cardinals, which his biographer, Manetti, preserved, and the historian, Pastor, has picked out for us. " Only the learned," says the Pope, who have studied the origin and development of the authority of the Roman Church, can really understand its greatness. Thus, to create solid and stable con victions in the minds of the uncultured masses, there must be something that appeals to the eye ; a popular faith, sustained only on doctrines, will never be anything but feeble and vacillating. But if the authority of the Holy See were visibly displayed in majestic buildings, imperishable memorials, and witnesses seemingly planted by the hand of (iod Himself, belief would grow and strengthen like a tradition from one generation to another, and all the world would accept and revere it. Noble edifices, combining taste and beauty with imposing proportions, would immensely conduce to the exaltation of the chair of St. Peter." .... " If," said Nicholas, " we had been able to accomplish all that We wished, Our successors would find themselves more respected by all Christian nations, and would be able to dwell in Rome with greater security, both from external and internal foes. Thus it is not out of ostentation, or ambition, or a vain-glorious desire of immortalizing Our name, that We have conceived and commenced all these great works, but for the exaltation of the power of the Holy See throughout


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Christendom, and in order that future Popes should no longer be in danger of being driven away, taken prisoners, besieged, and otherwise oppressed."

Pastor quotes this to show the falsity of the idea that love of fame guided Nicholas in all his actions and was the true explanation of the splendour of his court his buildings, his library, and his liberality to learned men and artists.

Gregorovius says that all Nicholas undertook was directed towards exaltation ; the one object of his ambition was to increase his dignity and authority by the visible splendour of its monuments, and the intellectual influence it would exert if it became the centre of the learning of the world. I must quote the summary of Nicholas s plans which Pastor takes from Manetti. " The tomb of St. Peter, actually situated at the one extremity, was to be the ideal centre of this grandiose plan. The opposite extremity was to be formed by a large square in front of the Castle and Bridge of Sant Angelo. From this square three straight and broad avenues were to start, and terminate in another vast open space at the foot of the Vatican Hill ; the central avenue was to lead to the basilica ; the one on the right to the Vatican Palace, that on the left to the buildings facing it. These streets were to be flanked with spacious colonnades to serve as a protection against sun and rain, and the lower stories of the houses were to be shops, the whole street being divided into sections, each section assigned to a separate craft or trade. The upper stories were to serve as dwelling houses for the members of the Papal Court ; architectural effects and salubrity were to be equally considered in their con struction.


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The principal square, into which these three streets were to run, and of which the right side was to be formed by the entrance to the Papal Palace, and the left by the houses of the clergy, was to measure live hundred and fifty feet in length and two hundred and seventy-five in breadth. In its centre there was to be a group of colossal figures representing the four Evangelists, which was to support the obelisk of Nero ; and this again was to be surmounted by a bronze statue of the Saviour, holding a golden cross in his right hand. " At the end of the square," continues Manetti, " where the ground begins to rise, broad steps ascend to a high platform, with a handsome belfry, adorned with splendid marbles, on the right hand and on the left. Between and behind these, is a double portico having five portals, of which the three central ones correspond with the principal avenue coming from the Bridge of Sant Angelo, and the two side outs with the two other streets. This quasi-triumphal arch leads into a court surrounded with pillars and having a fountain in the centre, and finallv through this into the church itself.

" All that the progress of art and science had achieved in the way of beauty and magnificence was to be dis played in the new St. Peter s. The plan of the church was that of a basilica with nave and double aisles, divided by pillars, and having a row of chapels along each of the outermost aisles. Its length was to be six hundred and forty feet, the breadth of the nave three hundred and twenty, the height of the dome inside two hundred and twenty ; this was to be richly decorated, and the upper part of the wall was to be pierced with large circular windows, freely admitting the light. The high altar was to be placed at the intersection of the nave and


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transepts, and the Papal Throne and the stalls for the Cardinals and the Court within the apse. The roof was to be of lead, the pavement of coloured marbles, and behind the church was to be a Campo Santo, where the Popes and prelates should be interred, in order that a temple, so glorious and beautiful that it seemed rather a divine than a human creation, should not be polluted by the presence of the dead. An immense pile of buildings at the side was destined for the accom modation of the clergy.

" The Papal city, which, by its natural site, was de tached from the rest of Rome, was to be fortified in such a manner," says Manetti, " that no living thing but a bird could get into it. The new Vatican was to be a citadel, but at the same time to contain all the elegance and splendour of a palace of the Renaissance. A magni ficent triumphal arch was to adorn the entrance. The ground floor, with spacious halls, corridors and pavilions, surrounding a garden traversed by cool rivulets and filled with fruit trees and flowers of all sorts, was to be the summer habitation. The first floor was to be furnished with all that was required to make winter agreeable ; while the airy upper story was to serve as a spring and autumn residence. The Papal palace was also to include quarters for the College of Cardinals, accommodation for all the various offices and require ments of the Papal court, a sumptuous hall for the coro nations of the Popes and the reception of Emperors, Princes, and Ambassadors, suitable apartments for the Conclave, and for keeping the treasures of the Church, several Chapels, and a magnificent library."

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he quotes architectural evidence to show that it had become unsatisfactory ; but surely it would have been a simple matter for an architectural genius like Albert! to take down the unsafe portions and rebuild them, if measures less drastic were unavailing. I fear that we must acknowledge that the glamour of the Renaissance and the theories of Albert! had fascinated Nicholas.

Of all the vast architectural works executed for Nicholas only one, and that the smallest, attracts the attention of most people the little chapel, built, according to one interpretation of the documents, as his study, which is still called the Chapel of Nicholas V., and was decorated with the masterpieces of Fra Angelico, the frescoes of the stories of St. Lawrence and St. Stephen. Of all the pictures painted for him by the greatest artists of his day, we have practically nothing else left. And of the stained glass, with which he so liberally embellished the Vatican, doubtless in memory of the great Florentine churches, I do not know of one inch in existence. Not only St. Peter s, but all the rooms in the Vatican had painted windows. The minor arts were equally recognized by this Pope. "For many hundred years," says a contemporary writer, " so much silken apparel and so many jewels and precious stones had not been seen in Rome."

Nicholas founded the first manufactory of tapestries in Rome. The goldsmiths and gold embroiderers, not only of Rome, but of Florence, Venice, and Paris, were unable to keep pace with his orders. The splendid vestments and Church jewels, and the superb magni ficence of the Church service were for the same purpose as his architectural grandeur. Even in all the lesser details of its accessories and details, says Pastor, the


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Church was to reflect the splendour of the heavenly Jerusalem.

It is significant of the character of Nicholas that we so constantly meet the name of his bookseller, Vespasiano da Bisticci. It was to him that when he was elected Pope, Thomas of Sarzana said : It will disturb the pride of many that a priest who was only good for ringing bells has been made Pope, and would the Florentines have believed it ? "

This Vespasiano not only sold books and took orders for them to be copied in these last days before printing burst upon the Western world, but wrote little bio graphies of the famous men of his time, chief among them Pope Nicholas. The forty-five copyists produced two thousand volumes in twenty-two months. Gre- gorovius gives some of the prices of them.

" A Bible costs from twenty-five to forty gold ducats ; a small copy of Cicero s Letters ad Familiares costs ten ducats ; while Poggio Bracciolini made Lionel of Este pay a hundred gold florins for a copy of the Letters of Jerome, and made the poet Beccadelli pay a hundred and twenty ducats for a Livy which he had copied himself."

Poggio Bracciolini was one of the most extraordinary figures of his time. For nearly fifty years he was in the service of the Roman Court, but he was hardly ever in Rome ; he held various ecclesiastical offices, but remained a layman and seems to have taken no interest in eccle siastical affairs, though his duties as Secretary made him take part in some of the greatest events of eccle siastical history, such as the Council of Constance in 1414-1418, and the Council of Basle in 1431-1443. When his duties called him to Constance, says John

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Addington Symonds, he employed his leisure in exploring the libraries of Swiss and Swabian convents, especially St. Gall. Me recovered the hitherto lost Quintilian and part of Valerius Llaccus at St. Gall, and unearthed manuscripts of Lucretius, Columella, Silius Italicus and Vitruvius, all of which he copied out with his own hand and communicated to the learned. Resolute in recog- ni/ing erudition as the chief concern of man, he sighed over the follies of Popes and Princes, who spent their time in wars and ecclesiastical disputes when they might have been more profitably employed in reviving the lost learning of antiquity. This point of view is eminently characteristic of the earlier Italian Renais sance. The men of that nation and of that epoch were bent on creating a new intellectual atmosphere for Europe by means of vital contact with antiquity."

It is small wonder that Nicholas V. determined to -el hold of him, and in spite of his merciless attacks on the Church, recalled him to Rome, where he employed him to write a scurrilous attack on the Anti-Pope Felix. But Symonds tells us that his most scurrilous attacks were made on rival scholars like Filelfo and Valla, that he used all the resources of a copious and unclean Latin vocabulary to degrade the objects of his satire, and ascribed to them without discrimination every crime of which humanity is capable. The most decent action of his life was his generous tribute to Jerome of Prague, the heretic at whose condemnation he was present. Gregorovius sums him up in a few brief sentences: " Poggio is the chief representative of humanism ; a man of many sides, he lacked depth, and made Cicero his model. To his contemporaries he seemed a genius of eloquence ; knowledge of art


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was alone wanting to make him complete." He also tells us that one of the most widely circulated of his books was his celebrated " Facetiae," a collection of indecent anecdotes.

Nicholas was equally ready to be the patron of Filelfo and Valla. Gregorovius has given us a still more scath ing portrait of Filelfo, " whose life forms a true mirror of the period of humanistic vagrance ; a genuine type of the sophist, egotist, and boaster, a vulgar courtier, a marvellous slanderer, an insatiable pleasure-seeker, but nevertheless an enthusiastic student and an un tiringly active virtuoso in the Professor s chair."

Before he was twenty-two he was a Professor at Venice, and at that age went to Constantinople as the Secretary to the Venetian Legation. It was there that he became equally great as a Latin and Greek scholar. Seven years later, after various diplomatic employments, he returned to Venice with a beautiful Greek wife and a valuable collection of Greek books. After being a Professor at Bologna for two years he went to Florence, and narrowly escaped assassination from some people whom he had lampooned. Being banished, he attempted to murder Cosimo de Medici by the hands of a hired assassin. He was a Professor at Bologna again for the next ten years, then went to the court of Milan for fourteen years, and in 1453, while on his way to Naples to be crowned as poet by King Alfonso, he passed through Rome.

Gregorovius says that he determined not to visit Nicholas, whom he had assailed with impudent de mands for preferment in the Church and the request to be made a Cardinal. But he was sent for by the Pope and spent several days with him reading scurrilous


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attacks on Nicholas best friends. Nevertheless, Nicholas appointed him a Papal secretary, and with his own hand presented him with a purse containing live hundred ducats. More than twenty years after he took up a post at Rome under Sixtus IV., and was so charmed " by the city, its climate, the wealth and beauty of life, and the freedom, that he lamented that he had only come to inhabit it at the end of his life." (iregorovius tells us how the world resounded with Filelfo s fame, and the important part played by his innumerable writings in the sphere of Latin learning. But lie concludes with another of his scathing summarizations : Nevertheless, they were able to secure him who deemed himself a demi-god nothing more than the paper-immortality of the library."

The ablest of all these scholars was Lorenzo Valla, who, if Paul IV. had been Pope instead of Nicholas V., would have ended his days as a heretic at the stake instead of as a Canon of the Lateran. It was he who established the spuriousncss of the Donation of Con stantino which gave the Popes their temporal power. He added that " if the donation were genuine it would be already rendered null by the crimes of Papacy alone." He said that the Popes possessed no rights over Rome or the secular state. He called the Papal Government " the source of all evil, a rule of executioners and enemies," and called on Eugenius IV. to abdicate. When Valla wished for a reconciliation Eugenius would not forgive him, but Nicholas V., the successor of Eugenius IV., was wise and generous ; he made him an apostolic secretary, although he had attacked the Papacy with greater violence than Wyclif, and reduced him to silence in a characteristic way by keeping him


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hard at work translating Herodotus and Thucydides, for which no man living was more admirably fitted.

Nicholas, though, fine scholar as he was, he knew no Greek, was nevertheless a patron of Greek scholars. His liberal patronage of Manetti, the famous Hebrew scholar, was rewarded by Manetti s enthusiastic bio graphy, which has made us so familiar with the great ness and generosity of this remarkable Pontiff. Un fortunately his chief Greek proti gj was the charlatan, George of Trebizonde, who executed various inferior translations for him. It was not Nicholas, but his predecessor, Eugenius IV., who made the famous Bessarion a Cardinal.

Bessarion was a Greek, created Archbishop of Nicsea in 1437 by John Palaeologus, whom he accompanied to Italy to bring about a union between the Greek and Latin Churches. Failing in this he passed over to the Latin Church. He held various Italian archbishoprics, and was titular Patriarch of Constantinople. He is honourably immortal for making his Palace near the Church of SS. Apostoli a court and refuge for the Greek scholars exiled by the fall of Constantinople.

Theodore of Gaza, to whom Gregorovius is un- wontedly gentle, as " the first scholar of his time, as a model of humanism, and unblemished virtue," was a friend of Bessarion, who entered the service of Nicholas V.

Nicholas one of whose dreams in the foundation of the Vatican Library was to render all the treasures of Greek literature accessible to Latin scholars kept, says Pastor, the most eminent humanists of the day- Poggio, Guarino, Decembrio, Filelfo, Valla labouring at these tasks. I have mentioned his extreme liberality


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to scholars. He paid Valla five hundred gold scudi for his translation of Thucydides, and Perotti five hundred Papal ducats as a first instalment for his translation of Polybius. He paid Manetti, the Hebrew scholar, six hundivd ducats a year, but l r ra Angelico only fifteen ducats a month for painting his chapel, and Benozzo Gnz/nli only seven ducats a month. " Nicholas," says Pastor, " was the most generous man of a lavish age."

Nicholas commissioned Manctti to translate the whole Bible from the original Hebrew and Greek, but his death prevented his plan being carried out.

Nicholas, when he was a poor priest, was always in debt with his purchases of manuscripts. When he became Pope his tastes and enthusiasms remained un changed.

A noble library," says Pastor, " was to form the crowning glory of the new Vatican." The idea of this library, by means of which Nicholas hoped to make Rome the centre of learning for all ages to come, was perhaps the grandest thought of this great I ope, who was " as admirable for his genuine piety and virtue as for hi> many-sided culture. He wished to place all the glorious monuments of Greek and Roman intellect under the immediate protection of the Holy See, and thus to hand them down intact for future generations."

Nicholas s manuscripts, we are told, were nearly all of them made on parchment and bound in crimson velvet with silver clasps.

Besides the library he collected at the Vatican, which is estimated at from 5,000 to 9,000 manuscripts, he had a private library, mostly of profane authors, of which one catalogue still exists.

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over eight hundred Latin manuscripts kept in eight great chests. The manuscripts in the first were Biblical ; in the second were of " the Fathers " ; in the third and fourth, those of the great mediaeval Doctors of the Church, like Thomas Aquinas ; in the fifth, of heathen classics, as well as theological and historical works, for here was kept Valla s translation of Thucydides mentioned above ; in the sixth, of works on theology and the Canon Law > in the seventh, chiefly of classical authors among them Livy, Cicero, Juvenal, Ouinctilian, Virgil, Catullus, Terence, Pliny, Sallust, Horace, Ovid, and a translation of Homer. The contents of the eighth were mixed.

Voigt, quoted by Pastor, has given us a charming picture of the little Scholar of Sarzana in the days when he had become Pope. " It was his greatest joy to walk about his library arranging the books and glancing through their pages, admiring the handsome bindings and con templating his own arms stamped on those that had been dedicated to him, and dwelling in thought on the gratitude that future generations of scholars would entertain towards their benefactor."

Nicholas was very particular as to the legibility and accuracy of his copies, for he had himself been a copyist in his Florentine days.

Of all the works of Nicholas V. there is only one tittle which strikes the eye of the casual visitor to the Vatican. Or, perhaps I should say, one tiny gem, for, though minute in proportions, it is in quality as perfect as anything in the Vatican. I refer to the Chapel of Nicholas V., which is thought also to have been the study mentioned in the Vatican account books of 1449, decorated with intarsia wood, and gilt friezes and cornices, and some paintings executed by Fra Giovanni


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da Firenze (Ficsolc) and his pupils, and with two windows executed by Fra Giovanni da Roma, a painter on glass, representing the Blessed Virgin and SS. Stephen and Lawrence. Pastor sees in these " almost a certainty that this celebrated chapel and the study mentioned in those books are identical, the latter having been after wards converted into a private chapel for the Pope." This Chapel of Nicholas V. may, without injustice, be mentioned in the same breath with the Riccardi Chapel at Florence, the Borgia Rooms, and the Cathedral Library at Siena, as one of the few frescoed chambers of which the tout ensemble is as perfect as a single picture. And apart from the perfection and harmoniousness of the whole, we are confronted, as no one can help acknow ledging, by the fact that here Fra Angelico, then an old man of sixty, rose superior to all his previous efforts in making his figures more human and full of character, while his colouring remained as delightful as ever. It is said that one of the pupils who assisted him was Benozzo Gozzoli, the painter of the Riccardi Chapel at Florence. Certainly the two chapels leave rather a similar im- pivssion upon one. The frescoes deal with the lives of St. Stephen and St. Lawrence, the two saints who have a common grave in the Church of S. Lorenzo fuori le Mura. This chapel," says Kugler, " was for centuries consigned to oblivion, so that Bottari, in the last century, the door not being discoverable, made his entrance by a window. Here the story of the two saints is seen in a series on three of the walls, that of St. Stephen occupy ing the upper course. A Descent from the Cross by the master, above the altar, is still covered with white wash. These remarkable frescoes evince a dramatic power and a skill in composition and drawing hardly



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shown by the master before, and prove that in his sixty- first year he was in the vigour of his art."

The painter has left us a portrait of his patron, in the fresco of the Ordination of St. Lawrence by Sixtus II. The humanist Pope, who wears his own triple-crowned tiara in the place of the crownless tiara Sixtus would have worn, breathes an air of benignity which you feel must have belonged to one who so generously carried out the aspirations of his youth when the power came to him.

Perate, who sees in the " frescoes " of this chapel the influence of the frescoes of Masaccio in the Carmine of Florence, considers that Nicholas V. was the builder of the Stanze, which Raffaelle was to cover with his famous frescoes ; and points out that one of the last acts of Nicholas s life was to compose an epitaph which was to go on the tomb of the gentle painter, Fra Angelico, with whom he had been so closely associated in the church of his order, the famous Dominican Church of S. Maria Sopra Minerva.


" Non mihi sit laudi quod eram velut alter Apclles,

Sed quod lucra tuis omnia, Christe, dabam, Altera nam terris opera extant, altera caelo, Urbs me lohannem Flos tulit Eirurine."


Fra Angelico came from Fiesole, three miles outside Florence, but could any name fit Florence so perfectly as that death-bed phrase of the humanist Pope, who owed both his humanism and his pontificate to Florence : Flos Etruriae -the flower of Etruria.

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Rhampsinitus (i.e., Rameses) would be required to carry them out." Perate retorted that he only wanted twenty years and an architect of genius ; and that since Alberti was the forerunner of Leonardo da Vinci, he had the genius, he onlv lacked the years.


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THE Vatican Library is the most famous in the world on account of its ancient manuscripts, of which it possesses about thirty-five thousand. It owes its character, if not its inception, to Nicholas V., who was as impressed with a veneration for books as he was for the glories of Rome. We have seen that he was the first of the Popes to show any appreciation or care for the monuments which he had inherited from the Emperors.

The world owes much to Nicholas V. But for him we might have been without the classical masterpieces of Rome, which were the inspirations of the builders of the Renaissance. He gave printing its first recognition in 1454, the year before he died, by issuing the "Thirty- Line Indulgence " and the " Thirty-One-Line Indulgence," on behalf of the Kingdom of Cyprus; and he founded the Vatican Library almost simultaneously with the first printing done in Europe by the use of movable metal types in other words, simultaneously with the invention of printing. The Vatican Library, which, as it is, con tains no less than four thousand five hundred books published in the fifteenth century, might have had a complete set of early printed books if it had not been for the sack of Rome by the Constable Charles de


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Bourbon in 1527. It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of this. It meant that there was a library belonging to the wealthiest Monarch in Europe, intelli gent from the very nature of his office, started in time to receive the iirst printed books. Historians have not said enough of Thomas of Sarzana, elected Pope as Nicholas V., who with his private collection of nine thousand manuscripts* founded the public library of the Popes.

His successors themselves thought so little of him that they allowed his tomb, which was only second in splendour to that of Paul II., to be broken up when Old St. Peter s was demolished to make room for the new. He was only left in the enjoyment of his sarco phagus. The crypts are full of the fragments of his mausoleum. His immediate successor, Calixtus III., though he made some additions to his books out of the volumes saved from the Turks at the fall of Constan tinople, allowed many of them to be dispersed. And Pius II., learned humanist though he was, did nothing much, in his short reign of six years, for the library. From the handsome Paul II. nothing would be expected ; nothing came. But Sixtus IV. (the first della Rovere Pope) included it in his magnificent ambitions, and located it in the suite under the Borgia Rooms. He appointed the celebrated Platina, the historian of the Popes, director, and gave the library a definite endow-

  • Hare says five thousand. " The Public Library was begun by Nicholas V.,

who collected live thousand MSS.. the largest collection which had existed up to that tune since the dispersion of the library at Alexandria. This Pope offered a reward of five thousand ducats to anyone who would bring him the Gospel of St. Matthew in the original tongue. And in his last moments, characteristically thanked God for having given him a taste for letters, and the faculties necessary for cultivating it with success."


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ment for its maintenance. Platina s appointment is the more remarkable because at the time of it he was still in the prison to which Sixtus s predecessor had consigned him for attacking him in his writings.

Mrs. Oliphant, quoting the chronicler Panvinio, whom she presumes to have worked from Platina s notes, speaks of Sixtus IV/s " making under his chapel a library, which was the finest thing of all, for he there reinstated Platina, who had been kept under so pro found a shadow in the time of Paul II., and called back the learned man whom his predecessor had discouraged, sending far and near through all Europe for books, and thus enlarging the library begun by Pope Nicholas, which is one of the most celebrated the world possesses, and to which he secured a revenue, enough to enable those who had the care of it to live, and even to buy more books. This provision still exists, though it is no longer sufficient for the purpose for which it was dedicated.

All writers on the Vatican Library allude to Melozzo da Forli s famous fresco* in the Vatican Picture Gallerv

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(which is now transferred to canvas), of Sixtus IV. founding the Vatican Library, which, as we have seen, he did not do ; he was only the re-founder. Bishop Creighton, in his " History of the Popes," describes the picture with his customary brevity and point : The Pope, with a face characterized by mingled strength and coarseness, his hands grasping the arms of his chair, sits looking at Platina, who kneels before him, a


  • " Melozzo s fresco was transferred to canvas early in the last century. Up

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man whose face is that of a scholar, with square jaw, thin lip*, finely-cut mouth, and keen glancing eye. Cardinal (iiuliano stands like an official who is about to give a message to the Pope, by whose side is Pietro Riario, with aquiline nose and sensual chin, red-cheeked and supercilious. Behind Platina is Count Girolamo, with a shock of black hair falling over large black eyes, his look contemptuous and his mien imperious." Mrs. Oliphant points out that Cardinal (iiuliano della Rovere, afterwards the great Pope Julius II., Cardinal Riario, and Count (iirolamo, who was the Pope s .son or nephew, " a predatory baron, working out a fortune for himself with a sword," were the three men for whom Sixtus IV. fought and struggled and soiled his hands with blood, and sold his favour to the highest bidder. They were all young, intoxicated with their wonderful success, and with every kind of extravagance to be provided for ; they made Rome glitter and glow with pageants." Cardinal Riario covered in the whole of the vast Piazza of the SS. Apostoli, and hung it with tapestry for the reception of Donna Leonora, the daughter of King Ferrante ; the Cardinal gave every one of her ladies a washing bason of gold. The next year he died, only twentv-eight years old, poisoned," Infessura says ; " and this was the end of all our fine festa."

Hven Nicholas V. might be denied the title of founder, for Paul Fabre tells us that Pope Saint Damasus had a library, which was dispersed in the persecutions of Diocletian, though his books were not kept in the Vatican, but in a vast edifice built to house them and the archives near the Theatre of Pompey, which the Pope dedicated to San Lorenzo. The name, and pro bably the site, is still preserved in the church of S.


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Lorenzo in Damaso, which forms part of the great Palace of the Cancelleria.

The present splendid building was erected by Fontana for Sixtus V., who considerably augmented the library in the year of the Spanish Armada, 1588 ; it runs right across the gigantic quadrangle of the Belvedere.

It has grown, not only by the purchases of successive Popes, but by the absorption of various libraries. In 1621, for instance, Duke Maximilian of Bavaria pre sented Gregory XV. with the Biblioteca Palatina, captured at the fall of Heidelberg by his general, Tilly, in the Thirty Years War. In 1658, the Chigi Pope, Alexander VII., purchased for it, at the price of ten thousand scudi, the Biblioteca Urbina, founded by the Duke Frederick of Montefeltro ; and some of the famous palimpsests from the Benedictine Abbey of Bobbio ; and, in 1690, the Biblioteca Alexandrina, bequeathed to the Ottoboni Library by the convert Queen Christina of Sweden, which included the famous manuscripts of the Abbey of Fleury and other important French Abbeys, as well as all the books taken by her father, the great Gustavus Adolphus, at Prague, Wurzburg, and Bremen, amongst them over two thousand Latin and nearly two hundred Greek manuscripts. In 1746, under Benedict XIV., it received a still greater number of manuscripts by the acquisition of the Biblioteca Ottoboniana, which included the famous Altemps Library, purchased by Alexander VIII., the Ottoboni Pope, in which there were three thousand three hundred and ninety-one Latin manuscripts, and four hundred and seventy-four Greek. And in the same reign the Marchese Alessandro Capponi bequeathed his priceless manuscripts to it. Clement XIII., 1758, Clement XIV.,

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1769, and Pius VI., in 1775, were also important bene factors. In 1 708, the French carried off nearly five hundred manuscripts, including the choicest artistic specimens. But they were restored seventeen years later, \vith the exception of a few from the Palatine Library, which were returned to Heidelberg. Two years after that, on the application of the King of Prussia, at the request of llumboldt, the Pope restored to Heidelberg no less than eight hundred and forty-eight manuscripts in German, which were of great value to German his torians. Pius VII. acquired for the Vatican the library of Cardinal Zelada, in 1800 ; Leo XII., the noble collec tion of fine art literature of Count Cicognara, in 1823 ; and Gregory XVI. also largely augmented the library. Pius IX., in 1856, added forty thousand books, etc., belonging to Cardinal Mai. Lastly, in 1902, Leo XIII. purchased the celebrated library in the Palazzo Bar- berini for twenty thousand pounds. Everything about the purchase redounds to the honour of the late Pope ; the library had been founded by the family of a former Pope, the ambitious t rban VIII. (Barberini), and the im poverished Barberini family were no longer the right people to have it. So Leo bought it. But there was a difficulty in the shape of the aged librarian, a priest ; it was hard to deprive him of his office. Leo took him over with the books, and engaged to continue his salary as long as he lived. More than that, he transplanted all the bookcases, and the coats of arms which had hung over them, and re-erected them in the Vatican, where they still remain. The aged priest has survived his patron.

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Sistina. The upper floor comprises, besides the Sala Sistina, a group of rooms adjoining the Gallery of In scriptions, and the whole of the Long Gallery under the Gallerie dei Candelabri, degli Arazzi, and Geografica. The rooms adjoining the Gallery of Inscriptions are used for the librarian and reading rooms ; the Sala Sistina and the Long Gallery are used for show cases and the presses in which the manuscripts are stored. Practically all the printed books are now kept in the Leonine Library, which adjoins the new rooms of the Arc-hivio, and was made out of rooms which were originally an armoury and rough magazine, and afterwards a stable, sixteen years ago. So I was informed by Monsignor Ugolini, the delightful, accomplished, and erudite prelate who is the senior Scrittore of the Vatican Library. Under Count Vespignani, the architect, and Cornm. Lodovico Seitz, the art director of the Vatican, it was converted into a library in a matter of months, and opened in November, 1893-

From the new library, which forms the subject of a separate chapter, a door admits to the library of the archives, which are under another Cardinal and another administration. The archives look like the Venetian archives preserved in the convent of the Frari at Venice. Before 1890 those who wished to consult the archives had to make a giro of a kilometre to get to them. Five years ago carriages and horses passed through the Cortile of the Belvedere. Before you leave the new library you have to examine the facsimiles which have been printed of some of the most famous manuscripts of the Sistine Library. And do not omit to have a look at the Barberini Library, where the dear old priest, who was taken over with the library by Leo XIII.,

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will show you the books and the triple coat of arms, and explain why Urban VIII., the Barberini Pope, had bees. They were not bees at all, he explained, but I forget what he said they wore.

It is a rude shock after this to be taken over the Sistine Library that is, the Vatican Library proper by one of the custodi who conduct parties round the Vatican in the usual brisk way, quite devoid of intelligence. Try and get an order to be taken round alone ; it is both humiliating and unsatisfactory to be trotted round the galleries as a member of the general public, for they form a highly important museum. If you are obliged to go as a member of the many-headed, you will have to wait for a party to collect outside the door of the Museo Profano, by the entrance to the Sculpture Galleries. \Yhen the guide thinks their are enough of you- far too many to have any chance of seeing things pro perlyhe lets you through. You find yourself in the Museo Profano, established by Pius VI., at the northern end of the long arm of the library in the Hall of the Porphyry Columns, to correspond with the Museo Cristiano, established by Benedict XIV. at the other end. It contains the jewels, and other precious pagan antiquities, such as cameos, ivories, bronze candlesticks, fibula.*, and bracelets, of the celebrated Carpegna collec tion. The prime curiosity in one of the glass cases near the door is the hair of a lady of the second century, preserved by (imiantoi.e., asbestos cloth, which for some reason or other has wonderful powers of arresting decay. There are also some dolls from the Catacombs such a human and unexpected touch ; and a vase cut out of amber.

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Gallery of the Vatican Library, which is between three and four hundred yards long, and terminates at the far end in the Chapel of S. Pius V. Before proceeding further, I will point out the extreme simplicity of the ground plan of the library. It is in the shape of a T," with its foot starting from the Gallery of In scriptions, its trunk crossing the courtyard of the Belvedere, while its enormously long arms are formed by the Long Gallery terminating in the Museo Cristiano and S. Pius V. s Chapel on the south, and the Museo Profano and the entrance to the Sculpture Gallery on the north. The trunk on this floor consists of the Sala Sistina, and underneath it is the new Leonine Library, which contains all the printed books. Sundry smaller rooms are grouped round both floors at each end of the trunk. And where the trunk joins the arms is the Archivio, which also has rooms underneath the Long Gallery. When you leave the Museo Profano to traverse the half of the Long Gallery which brings you to the west door of the Sala Sistina, you pass through, in succession, the Capponi, Ottoboni, Alessandrine, and other collections of manuscripts, the last being the so-called Hall of the Vatican Manuscripts. The entire walls are lined with painted presses, in which the manuscripts are kept hidden away from sight, as the ancient Romans kept theirs. You are now at the Sala Sistina, the superb main hall of the Vatican described below. It is perhaps just as well to go round once with the crowd to have an opportunity of observing the idiotic and perfunctory way in which the public are conducted over what should be one of the most interest ing sights in the world, the great Vatican Library. I should not like to say that the official guides who show


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von over it have no more knowledge of the subject, or interest in it, than shop-walkers would have, but they remind vou of them all the time, and draw your attention to the kind of things that would appeal to shop-walkers most. Certain hooks they are perforce obliged to show you, because they are mentioned in Baedeker ; but they show far more animation when they are pointing out the various enormous vases from the French and (ierman national potteries, with rich -round- "i green or blue, round a light panel with some illustration connected with the giver or the receiver ; a view ot Pans or Sans Souci, or a portrait of Pius IX., or Loo XIII. The^r presents-from- Brighton " are altogether out of place in the Vatican Library ; or if they must be there, should be passed over in tolerant silence. The depth ol the blue and the green or the sheen of the enamel may be triumphs of the puller s art, but they are the kind of things which stupid people would give- to show that so much money had been spent, and are nothing but a nuisance when they take up valuable minutes in the hall-hour or so which the authorities consider sullirient for racing you round the Vatican Library. They are varied with the Sevres china and Mlver font used for baptizing the poor Prince Imperial, which was presented by his father. You forget the vulgarity and meretriciousness of that in thinking of the undeserved fall, the pathetic close, of the dynasty of the Third Napoleon.

These are varied by a large Oriental alabaster vase, presented by the Khedive Ibrahim Pasha ; two granite tables, supported with bronze figures of Hercules ; a malachite cross, presented by Prince Demidoff ; a malachite vase, presented by Czar Nicholas I., and a


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basin of Scotch granite, presented by the Duke of Northumberland to Cardinal Antonelli.

Among the wilderness of French and German public porcelain are a Sevres candelabra, presented by Napoleon I. to Pius VII., whom he carried off a prisoner to France ; three Sevres vases given by Marechal MacMahon to Pius IX. ; Berlin vases presented by Wilhelm I. of Prussia, afterwards Emperor of Ger many ; and vases presented by Charles X., President Grevy, and President Carnot. The most enviable possession of them all is the huge block of virgin mala chite, given by the Grand Duke Constantine. But there are two notable vases of red Russian quartz, pre sented by the Czar Alexander.

The hall in which these Royal mantelpiece vases, only valuable, are exhibited, has a singular magni ficence of effect. It is over two hundred feet long, nearly fifty feet wide, and thirty feet high, and is divided up the middle by six piers. It was con structed by Domenico Fontana for Sixtus V. in 1588, and paved with marble in the time of Pius IX. These pillars and the roof are decorated with frescoes in the Pompeian style, by Scipione Gaetani and others ; and its rich light colouring and airy proportions make the Sala Sistina one of the finest chambers in Rome. But the walls have frescoes representing scenes which introduce views of the various buildings erected by that ambitious Pontiff, Sixtus V., which have little artistic merit. The room contains a number of horizontal cases, with glass tops and locked shutters to go over them, in which are exhibited the principal manuscript treasures of the Vatican. These include :

The palimpsest of Cicero s "Republic," discovered by


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Cardinal Mai, under a manuscript of St. Augustine s version of the Psalms, after that famous work had been lost for manv centuries.*

The celebrated Codex Vaticanus, a Bible of the early part of the fourth century, containing the oldest of the Septuagint versions of the Scriptures.

The celebrated " Virgil of the Vatican," of the fourth century, which belonged to Cardinal Bembo, and has fifty-nine miniatures.

A Terence of the ninth century, with miniatures, which belonged to Cardinal Bembo.

A Terence of the fourth century, the oldest known.

A Plutarch, with notes by Grotius, from Queen Christina s Library.

The Breviary of Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary in the fifteenth century.

A Pliny, " with interesting figures of animals " (Murray).

The Pontifical of Cardinal Ottoboni, with illustrations by Perugino.

Autographs of Petrarch and Tasso.

A wonderful Dante, with miniatures by Giulio CTovio, who was the pupil of Giulio Romano, and a renowned miniature painter.

A palimpsest of Livy, Book IX., from Queen Chris tina s Library.

A Seneca of the fourteenth century, with commentaries by the English Dominican Triveth.

The Menologium Grecum, or Greek Calendar, loth century, executed for the Emperor Basil. " A fine

  • A palimpsest is a parchment which has had its first writing scraped off it,

so that it can be used again. Murray says that this is the oldest Latin manu script in existence.


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example of Byzantine art, brilliantly illuminated with representations of basilicas, monasteries, and martyr doms of various saints of the Greek Church " (Murray).

A Byzantine manuscript of the four Gospels, executed in 1128.

A Hebrew Bible from the library of the Dukes of Urbino. The Jews of Venice offered for this Bible its weight in gold" (Murray).

A Sketch of three Cantos of Tasso s " Gerusalemme Liberata," and several of his essays and dialogues in his own handwriting.

A Manuscript of Dante in the beautiful writing of Boccaccio, which is signed Johannes di Certaldo.*

A Latin poem, by Donizo, in praise of the Countess Matilda, " with a full-length portrait of that celebrated personage, and several historical miniatures of great interest : among which are the Repentance of the Emperor Henry IV. and his Absolution by Gregory VII." (Murray).

The Homilies of S. Gregory Nazianzenus (1063).

Three autographs of Henry VIII.

Several manuscripts of Martin Luther.

To these Tuker and Malleson add the following :

A Bible, with miniatures by Pinturicchio, from the Montefeltro Library.

The Acts of the Apostles, with beautiful miniatures of the Apostles, presented to Innocent VIIL, by Char lotte, Queen of Cyprus, who is buried in the crypt of St. Peter s.

Part of a very ancient Bible, known as the " Codex

  • Certaldo is a beautiful and interesting old town in Tuscany, where Boccaccio

lived ; it forms the subject (with S. Gimignano) of one of the monographs in Corrado Ricci s Italia Artistica Series.


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Purpiircus," written in silver upon purple parchment, but with the name of Jesus always written in gold.

The enormous Mexican Calendar, recently published in facsimile.

The Autograph and some miniatures of Michel Angelo.

A History of Dion Cassius.

A Life of the Fathers of the Rule of St. Benedict, twelfth century, with miniatures.

A Sacramentary of the fifth or sixth century.

A Sacramentary of Boniface IX. i.;Su .

An Autograph of S. Thomas Aquinas, the writing of which Montaigne laughingly compared to his own.

The sixth century Virgil known as the " Romano."

The seventh century Virgil, known as the " Palatino."

A History of the Dukes of I rbino, with miniatures by diulio Clovio.

An Oliice of the BlrSM-d Virgin Mary, with miniatures bv (iiuho Clovio.

A Letter from the Kmperor of Burmah to Pius IX., enclosed in an elephant s tooth.

The famous Vatican Library Book of Joshua, accord- nig to Kugler " Italian Schools of Painting," revised by A. II . Lavard, third impression of sixth edition, John Murray, KJOJ , is a parchment roll of more than thirty feet long, entirelv covered with historical scenes. According to an inscription upon it, it is not earlier than the seventh or eighth century in date, though doubtless copied from some work of the best Christian time. It has the appearance of a carefully but boldly and freely drawn sketch executed in few colours. It differs greatly from the highly finished splendour of the later Byzan tine miniatures. The whole is so spirited in its com-


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position, so beautiful in some of its motives, so rich in invention, that Kugler assigns it the highest place among the properly historical representations of Early Christian times. He pronounces the colours and weapons as still perfectly unique. Joshua, he says, is always dis tinguished by the nimbus, as are also the fine symbolical female forms, with sceptres and mural crowns, which represent the besieged and conquered cities. For here, as in so many classical frescoes, the whole landscape is expressed by symbols, such as mountain and river deities.

The wildest action is often most happily portrayed, though the artist, of course, shows little knowledge either of perspective or of the relative proportion of the figures. The copyist of the later period is discernible, almost solely, by his obvious ignorance of the drawing of joints and extremities."

The celebrated Virgil of the Vatican," No. 3,225, on the other hand, says Kugler, as an original work of the fourth or fifth century, appears to greater advan tage, though in composition it does not equal the Book of Joshua. The drawing displays a superabundance of motives from the antique, though in the action of the figures it is already very inanimate." The famous ancient Greek Kalendar, called the

( Vatican Menologium," says Kugler, " with its four hundred and thirty splendid miniatures on a gold ground (executed for the Emperor Basil, the conqueror of the Bulgarians, A.D. 989-1025), is essentially a work of that period, and decidedly one of the best known. Eight artists, whose names recur from time to time, decorated the separate days of this most costly of all Calendars (extending, however, only to the half of the year) with scenes from the Life of Christ, the Saints,


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and the history of the Church- the latter in the form of Synods. In the Biblical scenes, traces of earlier motives occur, but the martyrdoms of the Saints are really the work of the tenth century, and, horrible as many of thnn arc, they do that century threat credit ; for though, 111 the single figures, we discern a great want of life, yet the composition is, upon the whole, well understood, and here and there very animated. The Saints are seen suffering martyrdom in various ways -dragged to death by horses, burnt in the red-hot efhgv of a bull, crucified, drownrd, srourged to death, torn by wild beasts in the amphitheatre, suspended by the feet, and so on, by which a tolerably correct knowledge ol action is shown, though all idea of anatomy is absent. The drapery and heads are somewhat stiff and conventional, and the nude somewhat meagre, and, moreover, disfigured by an ugly brick-red colour -the result, perhaps, of an improper vehicle, which has also lowered the colours. Far inferior to the>r miniatures are those of the Dogmatica Panoplia, in the Vatican, e.vcuted lor Alexis Com- menu> A.D. loSi-niS , which are only remarkable for stilt", gold-embroidered garments, and weak decrepit heads. ()u the other hand, a collection of sermons for the Feast of the Virgin in the Vatican;, belonging to the twelfth century, in which the initials consist chiefly of animals, contains excellent compositions, not only of an early character, but also of that belonging to that century, and is remarkable for great beauty of decorative ornament. Another important manuscript of the time of the Commeni, the Klimax of Johannes Klimakus (in the Vatican), exhibits in small, highly delicate, and clearly drawn compositions on a gold ground, the well-known allegories of the Virtues as the


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steps leading to Heaven, and of the Vices as those which lead to Hell. It is interesting here to observe the new treatment in the frequently recurring personifications of these abstract subjects, which were formerly charac terized by form and attribute, and generally represented looking on in silent dignity, while here they appear only as small male and female figures, explained by marginal inscriptions the bad qualities, however, being repre sented as negroes. The actions are mostly expressed in a very awkward manner, according to some prescribed system."

The poem of Donizo in praise of Countess Matilda of Tuscanv, whose donation of her lands to the

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Papacy allowed it to exist in its present form in stead of sinking to the level of the Archbishoprics of Cologne or Treves, is pronounced by Kugler to be chiefly of historical interest, the execution being so verv inferior.

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The famous Urbino Bible of 1478 is, says Kugler, obviously by some Florentine hand.

Of the Dante of Giulio Clovio, Kugler says that " the paltry conceits of the allegories disturb the other wise excellent execution."

But none of the manuscripts exhibited are so rich in the personality of the writer as those of our English King, Henry VIII. For here are shown two letters of the King to Anne Boleyn ; and a dedication copy of the pamphlet against Luther, which won him from Leo X., in 1521, the title of Fidei Defensor -Defender of the Faith which is still borne by the Kings of England on their coins. It was confirmed by Clement VII., and indignantly taken away in the light of subse quent events. The pamphlet is entitled : " Assertio


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Septem Sacramentorum adversus Martinum Lutherum" by Henry VIII., printed on vellum at London, in 1521, with the Kind s signature and the autograph inscrip tion on the last page but one,

1 Finis, Hcnrv AY.v.

Anglonnn AY.v, Hcnricus, Leo Dccun<\ nuttit hoc opus d fidci tcstem ct umicitia-."

That they should so prominently exhibit these writings of our Henry VIII. and Martin Luther as treasun-s shows lm\v broad-minded the Vatican authorities now are.

Besides the manuscripts and Sevres and Berlin vases, there are many notable objects exhibited in the room, mostly offerings tor Leo XIII. s Jubilee, such as the gold rock given by the Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria, and a beautiful Crucifixion, in which the crosses are surrounded by a number of figures in white glazed china, made at the Royal Saxon factories. At the other end of the- great hall you will enter a room which reminds me strongly of the Bodleian Library in general arrange ment, colour, and decoration. A number of interesting objects are exhibited in it, and the portrait of Cardinal Mai ; but it is principally used for students and the man who has charge of the umbrellas. It is connected by the Long Gallery, which has Pius VII. s famous collection of ancient Roman, Christian, and Pagan In scriptions affixed to its walls, with the Loggia of Giovanni da Udine under Raffaelle s Loggie. This gallery inspired Fabre with one of his highest flights of enthusiasm : " Toute la partie anterieure, depuis le por- tique de Jean d Udine, sur le cour Saint-Damase jusqu a


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Ten tree de la Vaticane, devint pour la Bibliotheque la plusroyale avenue que Sixte-Quint cut jamais pu rever pour elle."

You will then retrace your steps through the Grand Hall (Sala Sistina) to the Long Gallery. At the end you will turn to the left and reach the Museo Cristiano, pass ing through the three rooms marked on the Tuker and Malleson plan as the Hall of the Bonaventura, the Hall of the Obelisk, and the Hall of Aristides. The Vatican Library statue of Aristides is very much admired.

The Museo Cristiano contains, in Room I., a number of objects from the Catacombs, such as lamps, gems, crosses, rings, bas-reliefs, in ivory and wood and metal ; diptychs and triptychs of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and works by Benvenuto Cellini. Room II. is the Cabinet of the Papiri, dating from the fifth to the eighth century, and mostly from Ravenna. Room III. is full of valuable little paintings of the Middle Ages, kept in glass cases, including works of the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, by Pietro Lorenzetti, Simone Martini, Taddeo Bartoli, Capanna, Mainardi, Nuzi, Sano di Pietro, Pinturicchio, Margaritone, etc. The small altar-piece, with the Virgin and Child, and numerous attendant figures, by Allegretto Nuzi of Fabriano, dated 1365, is of special interest, because this rare painter was the master of Gentile da Fabriano, who painted the celebrated picture of the Three Magi in the Accademia delle Belle Arti at Florence, a picture of world-wide fame alike for its beauty and for its intro duction of goldsmith s work. On the right of the entrance is a Russian Calendar in the shape of a cross of cedar wood, with miniatures (1650). These are not only valuable little pictures by great masters, but extremely interesting


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and beautiful, and ought to be exhibited in the Vatican Picture Gallery. Kugler mentions also one of them as the best specimen of the Otranto school. He says, "The best specimen Christ in the Garden with the Magdalen in the Museo Cristiano in the Vatican, bears the in scription, Donatus Bizamamis pinxit in Hotranto, and in describing the Museo Cristiano, draws attention to "A very ancient and much-restored mosaic, in the Museo Cristiano in the Vatican, belonging possibly to the third century, as giving us some idea of the style of physiognomy which the heathens attributed to Christ. It is a bearded head in profile, agreeing pretty much with the type of countenance given to the philosophers of that period."

Here they are thrown away ; the shopwalker-guide does not deign so much as a glance to them ; he is fully occupied with silver models of cathedrals and monu ments like the Lion of Lucerne, and other totally useless but costly objects given by mayors and corporations to Leo XIII. for his Jubilee, in which the town of Quito, in South America, took the lead. The whole of these put together are not so interesting as the toothcombs and fish counters for playing games which came from the Catacombs. And imagine the interest that would have attached to a toothbrush from the Catacombs. Who knows but what the Early Christians used them ? They are rather perishable things. The Early Christians certainly had glass plaques, because there are some in this museum.

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began to be opened up, were the most important pictures that had come down to us from the ancient world. The most famous of these frescoes is the so-called Nozze Aldobrandini, which was found on the Esquiline Hill, near the Arch of Gallienus, in the first years of the seventeenth century. Cardinal Aldobrandini bought it, and it was for many years in his villa. It was finally bought by Pius VII. two hundred years later for the sum of ten thousand scudi (crowns). The fresco is supposed to have been a kind of frieze imitated from an original of the time of Alexander the Great. Helbig sees in it a peculiar charm, through its simplicity, clearness and grace, and a reflection of the fine feeling of restraint that obtained in the best Greek period.

To me the figures in it are like the figures in almost every other classical picture that has come down to us; they remind me of the silhouettes cut out of black paper and touched up with a few lines of white or gilt paint, which satisfied our grand-parents in the days before the dire and positive efforts of early photography. It is difficult to believe that Zeuxis painted better than a primitive Japanese. Classical paintings have little beauty, even of colour even from the wall-paper point of view. We love to look at them for the glimpses they give us of the life of the world when B.C. was passing into A.D. Why has nothing survived to show us if there were painters in Greece who could depict men and women like the sculptors of Tanagra and Myrina ? These have told us more about the human side of ancient Greece with their little clay statuettes than we can glean even from the immortal literature of the Greeks. We are driven to the conclusion that every decent painting must have perished, and that our Museums

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contain nothing better than the works of artisan decora tors emploved by house-builders.

There are two or three other fine groups of ancient Roman frescoes in the same suite : such as the wall paintings found in an ancient villa at Tor Marancia, which Helbig calls a " Gallery of Mythical Fail- Women/ prominent for their crimes and misfortunes in love." He considers them copies of good originals of stereotyped subjects of Alexandrian art. Among them are Pasiphae ; Scylla, tin- daughter of Xisos, King of Megara, whose life depended on a purple or golden lock in the midst of his hair. \Yhen Minos was besieging Megara, Scylla, of course, fell in love with him, and gave the lock to him, with the result that Megara was captured and Xisos slain. Among the other heroines are Canace, who fell in love with her brother ; Myrrha, who fell in love with her father ; and Phaedra. Here, too, are the famous scenes from the Odyssev, which adorned a large room in a palace discovered in 1848 ; "along with other paintings, now lost," says Helbig, "they formed a kind of frieze above the dado on the walls; and they represent the adventures of Ulysses among the Laestrvgonians, in Circe s Island, and in Hades. Besides these, the frescoes from Ostia are also well worthy of study.

The Library of the Vatican must have been an en chanting place when the Popes were in all their glory. To-day the parts generally shown to strangers give you more the idea of a beautifully arranged and uncrowded museum than a library. The windows command views of the various gardens of the Vatican the sylvan scenery of the Observatory Hill, and the formality of the garden of the Pigna, which derives its name and its


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decorations from the Atrium, or garden court, that gave entrance to the Old St. Peter s.

Visitors and readers (who require the permission of the Cardinal Secretary) are admitted from Easter to June 20th, from eight to twelve o clock, and from October to Easter, from nine to one o clock, on any day on which the library is open. At present it is closed on Mondays, Thursdays, and holidays. The library is closed to the public between June and October.


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CHAPTER X.

THE VISITS OF MONTAIGNE AND MISSON TO THE VATICAN LIBRARY.

THE great essayist, Montaigne, when he made his famous journey into Italy by way of Switzerland and Germany in 1580 and 1581, kept a journal of his travels, part of it dictated to his secretary-valet, expressed now in the first, now in the third person; part of it written with his own hand.

He visited Rome, it will be observed, a few years before the accession of Sixtus V., which took place in 1585 : the great Hall of the Vatican Library built by that Pope, and called after him, the Sala Sistina, in which the most valuable manuscripts are now exhibited, was not erected till three years after Sixtus s accession, in the year of the Spanish Armada, 1588.

I give here the few hundred \vords in which Montaigne wrote his impressions of the Vatican Library, as trans lated by Mr. W. G. Waters, in the scholarly and delight fully illustrated edition published in three volumes in 1903, by Mr. Murray, under the title of " The Journal of Montaigne s Travels."

" On the 6th of March I went to see the Library of the Vatican, which is contained in five or six rooms, all communicating one with the other. There are many


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rows of desks, each desk having a great number of books chained thereto. Also, in the chests, which were all opened for my inspection, I saw many manuscripts, of which I chiefly remarked a Seneca and the Opuscula of Plutarch. Amongst the noteworthy sights I saw was the statue of the good Aristides, with a fine head, bald and thickly bearded, a grand forehead, and an expres sion full of sweetness and majesty. The base is very ancient, and has his name written thereupon. I saw likewise a Chinese book writ in strange characters, on leaves made of a certain stuff much more tender and transparent than the paper we use, and because this fabric is not thick enough to bear the stain of ink, they write on only one side of the sheet, and the sheets are all doubled and folded at the outside edges by which they are held together. It is said that these sheets are the bark of a certain tree, as is a fragment of ancient papyrus which I saw covered with unknown characters. I saw also the Breviary of Saint Gregory in manu script, which has no date, but the account they give of it states that it has come down from one hand to another from Saint Gregory s time. It is a missal not unlike our own, and it was taken to a recent Council at Trent as an authority for the ceremonies of our Church. Next, a book by Saint Thomas Aquinas, con taining corrections made by the author himself, who wrote badly, using a small character worse even than my own. Next, a Bible printed on parchment, one of those which Plantin has recently printed in four lan guages, which book King Philip presented to the Pope, according to an inscription on the cover. Next, the original manuscript of the book which King Henry of England wrote against Luther, and sent fifty years


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ago to Pope Leo X. It contains a subscription and a graceful Latin distich, both written by his own hand :

" Anglorum Rex Henricus, Leo decime, mittit Hoc opus, & fidei testem & amicitie.

I read both prefaces, one to the Pope and the other to the reader. The King claims indulgence for any literary shortcomings on the score of his military occu pations, but the style is good scholastic Latin. I inspected the Library without any difficulty ; indeed, anyone may visit it and make what extracts he likes ; it is open almost every morning. I was taken to ever} 7 part thereof by a gentleman, who invited me to make use of it as often as I might desire.

" Our ambassador quitted Rome just at this time without having ever seen the Library, and he com plained because pressure had been put upon him to beg this favour of Cardinal Charlet, and that he had never been allowed to inspect the manuscript Seneca, which he desired greatly to see. It was my good luck which carried me on to success, for, having heard of the ambassador s failure, I was in despair. Thus it seems all things come easily to men of a certain temper, and are unattainable to others. Right occa sion and opportunity have their privileges, and often hold out to ordinary folk what they deny to kings. Curiosity often stands in its own way, and the like may be affirmed of greatness and power. In the library I saw also a manuscript Virgil in an exceedingly large hand writing, of that long and narrow character which we see in Rome in inscriptions of the age of the Emperors somewhere about the reign of Constantine, a character which takes somewhat of Gothic form, and misses that square proportion which the old Latin inscriptions


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possess. The sight of this Virgil confirmed a belief which I have always held, to wit, that the four lines usually put at the opening of the Aeneid are borrowed, since this copy has them not. Also, a copy of the Acts of the Apostles, written in very fair Greek golden character. The lettering is massive, solid in substance, and raised upon the paper, so that anyone who may pass his finger over the same will detect the thickness thereof. We have, I believe, lost all knowledge of this method."

As he speaks of the Library being in five or six rooms opening out of each other, it was probably still in the rooms under the Sistine Chapel, where it was placed by Sixtus IV. We know that the manuscripts collected by Nicholas V. were kept in chests, and that he had a Seneca of which he was proud. Montaigne may have seen some of his chests. The Aristides is still considered one of the gems of the Vatican Library collections. The papyri of the Library are famous. The Saint Gregory is not Gregory the Great, but St. Gregory Nazianzen : that extraordinary compromise between a hermit and a man of action, who, when he was at college at Athens, was the intimate friend both of Basil the Great and Julian, afterwards branded as the Apostate : who was in his time both Archbishop of Constantinople and a hermit in the desert : whose writings at some times rose to such sublime flights of poetry, such classical eloquence, that he is in his inspired moments, in the words of Chambers, " one of the first orators and most accomplished and thoughtful writers of all times," though the mass of the enormous number of writings he has left behind him are redundant, pedantic, and heavy with far-fetched similes. He was


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born in Cappadocia about 330 A.D., and belonged originally to that extraordinary sect the " Hypsistarians, worshippers of the Most High, but also of the Fire, like the Persians, and keepers of the Jewish Sabbath, and the law of the- purity of meats."

St. Gregory eomes prominently into Gaetano Negri s great " Life of Julian the Apostate " (Fisher Unwin. Translated 1906).

The Council of Trent, to which Montaigne refers, sat with certain interruptions from December J3th, 1545, to December 4th, 1563.

Before I had read Montaigne s description of his visit to the Library, I had, in a preceding chapter, drawn attention to the remarkable prominence of Henry VIII. s autographs among the manuscripts chosen for exhibition in the glass cases in the Sala Sistina.

The three famous Vatican manuscripts of Virgil have been referred to in the last chapter.

I have not been able to find out anything about Maximilian Misson beyond the fact that he wrote " A New Voyage to Italy, with curious Observa tions on Several other Countries : as Germany, Switzerland, Savoy, Geneva, Flanders, and Holland : together with useful instructions for those who shall travel thither," which was published by Tonson and others in the reign of Queen Anne, and dedicated to The Right Honourable Charles, Farl of Arran ; Viscount Tullo ; Baron of Weston ; and Claghernan, Captain of a Troop of Guards : Lieutenant-General in the Armies of Fler Majesty."

I quote from the fifth edition, published in 1739. Misson had more to say about the Library than the rest of the Vatican and St. Peter s put together. He men-


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tions the bequest by Alexander VIII., the Ottoboni Pope, of nineteen hundred manuscripts, which had belonged to Christina, Queen of Sweden, who was given the name Alessandra by Alexander VII. when she declared herself Roman Catholic. He mentions the pictures with which it (the Library) is filled by various hands, representing "the Sciences, Counsels, most celebrated Libraries, Inventors of Letters, and some passages of the Life of Sixtus V." Father Norris, presumably an Englishman or Irishman, was chief library keeper when he was there, and became a Cardinal. He examined the famous Codex of the Septuagint very closely, and has left us an interesting note about it :

" As it was not long since I had much observed the famous Septuagint Manuscript that was then in the hands of Mr. Justel, Keeper of the Royal Library in London, and which was given, or rather sold, by the poor Patriarch Cyrillus, etc., I was extremely desirous to see the Codex Romanus (of the Vatican) which has been printed, and with which the Alexandrian con tends, both for value and antiquity. I was extremely surprised to find the Aspirates and the Accents distinctly marked everywhere through the whole Book, and even upon the Initial Letters. But the Abbot Laur. Zacagna, Library Keeper under F. Norris, and a person of great merit, told me that he was inclinable to believe that those Accents were added by a modern Hand ; and that this very Hand had taken the Pains, as he believed, to run over all the Characters through the whole Manu script with a Pen, atramento super imposito. I remember his very Words, to make the Accents and the Letters appear to be of the same Ink." What has modern criticism to say to this ?


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Misson was a very sceptical person : he doubted the authenticity of the ninth century manuscripts of Terence and Virgil, which are among the treasures of the Vatican, and of which the much improved scholarship of the present day entertains no doubts. To him, also, as to Montaigne, a hundred years before, they showed the manuscripts of King Henry VIII., as among the most interesting things in the collection. They also showed him a German Bible, pretended to be in Luther s own hand, which has a scurrilous prayer in the same hand which convinced him of its unauthenticity.

I observed among the Manuscripts of the last Age, written by, and to Cardinals, that in them they style one another Messer Pietro, Messer Julio. They also showed us, as they do to all Englishmen, a little volume of fourteen Letters from Henry VIII. to Anne of Bollen. One is easily induced to believe what these (iriitlemen say, that these Letters are of the King s own Hand, for the Writing is not fair. I read two or three of em in French, and as many in English. They are Love Letters, full of Dear Heart, Cruel Absence, and such Expressions, but without any of what we call wit ; not that the King wanted it, but he did not write those Letters with a Design to have them plac d among the curiosities of the I atican Library ; no more than Scaligcr ventur d in familiar Discourse, a Thousand things Uncertain ; sometimes ridiculous ; which they have printed as so many Oracles, in the little Book called Scaligeriana. Next to the Love-Letters, they have placed the King s printed Book, the Title of which is Assertio septem Sacramentorum, against Martin Luther : an admirable Subject indeed, for a King, or even any Body else to write on ! But Henry VIII. compos d


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this book no more than Cczjar did his Commentaries, or James I. his Demonology. You may see what Theod. de Beza has said of the pretended Book of K. Henry, in his Life of Calvin. The Volume I speak of, is the very same that was sent to the Pope ; and it is also fign d and mark d with a Flourish, by the King s own Hand. This Prince obtain d of his Holiness by that holy Book, as a Reward, or a Congratulation, the glorious and well-deserv d Title which cost him little, of DEFENDER OF THE FAITH.

" Si quid Roma dabit, nugas dabit. Accipit Aurum. Verb a dat. et.

" They shewed me the German Bible which you men tion ; which they pretend was translated by Luther, and Written by his own Hand. But the Credit of that story is destroyed by the extraordinary prayer at the End of the Book, which is of the same Hand with the Rest, and cannot be the language of Luther. Thus it is in the Original.

" O Gott, durch deine gute, Bescher uns Kleider und hute, Auch mentel und rocke, Fette Kalber und bocke, Ochsen, Schafe, und Kinder Wiele weiber, wenig kinder Schlette speis und trank Machem einen das jahr lang.

" That is, God, be graciously pleas d to grant us Clothes and Hats, Cloaks, and Gowns, fat Calves and Goats, Oxen, Sheep, and Bulls, many wives, and few Children. Bad Meat and ill Drink make Life uneasy. It must be acknowledged, that they who would persuade us that Luther was the Author of this Prayer, must have had an earnest desire to make him pass for a Debauchee, but not to be believed,"


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THE NK\Y LEONINE LIBRARY OF THE PRINTED HOOKS OK THE VATICAN.

LEO XIII. was a very thorough man. More than willing to restore to the Vatican, under proper conditions, one of its greatest art treasures, he determined at the same time to house the books removed from the Borgia Apartments in a manner more worthv of the premier library of the world. At the same time he formed the really magnificent conception of carrying out Nicholas V. s project of making the Vatican Library the focus of European scholarship. No collection of ancient manu scripts can compare with that of the Vatican ; and its archive s have a value which can hardly be exaggerated as materials for the history of the Middle Ages. Pope Leo determined to place both the manuscripts and the archives at the disposal of scholars, and to arrange the printed books in whatever way was most convenient for reference to those who were working at the manuscripts and archives.

He set a connoisseur to work to suggest the most suitable sites to him, and as soon as the present site was suggested sa\v its points. It lies, roughly speaking, under the Sala Sistina, the superb hall of Sixtus V., which cuts Bramante s vast Belvedere court in half.


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Ordinary visitors who are going over the Vatican Library spend most of their time in this magnificent chamber, brilliantly arabesqued, and filled with glass cases which contain the most famous manuscript treasures of the Vatican. But only students, or those specially privi leged, descend to the Leonine Library below it, which consists of eight fine chambers, six under the Sala Sistina, one in a room at the east end taken from the Vatican Mosaic factory, and one in the corresponding room at the other end adjoining the Archivio.

Hardly any of the guide-books deign to notice the existence of this new Leonine Library, which contains all the printed books of the most famous library in the world. And those which do mention it, with one ex ception, practically ignore it.

The six chambers are so lofty and so admirably suited to their purpose that you wonder how Pope Leo had to his hand such a heaven-sent suite for a library. But they present a very different appearance now to that which they presented when he chose them to receive the Library of Printed Books from the Borgia Rooms. They were at the time an armoury, though prior to this some books had been stored here ; they had been stables ; they were paved in the way you would expect from such uses ; and on the north side the walls were, up to a considerable height, below the level of the ground. In May, 1889, the Conte Vespignani, the architect of the Vatican, set to work to convert these rather unpro mising premises into an ideal library. First he attacked the Giardino della Stamperia, which divided this large building from the Stamperia, or printing-house, where the Vatican Press still does its printing. He lowered the level of the earth by a good many feet ; then he tore


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up the pavement of the future library, and built what the Italians call Vespai (literally, wasps -nests a cellular flooring), under it to allow the air free circulation between the floor and the soil. And this he re-covered with the style of paving called alia Veneziana, which is very close and compact, to prevent any possibility of the damp rising from the ground. The walls were then carefully plastered and decorated with paintings which harmonized with those of the Sala Sistina above. The result was a complete success, and within two years every printed book in the Vatican had been transferred to the new Leonine Library.

The whole bears the impress of the personality of this great Pope. At one end, where you descend from the Vatican Library above, you pass the noble statue of the late Pope s favourite Saint, S. Thomas Aquinas, which was sculptured by Cesare Aurelio, and presented to Leo XIII., on the occasion of his Jubilee, by a subscription from all the Roman Catholic seminaries in the world. At the other end is an admirable statue of the Pope himself. Quite close to the statue of S. Thomas Aquinas, the greatest ecclesiastical philosopher of the Middle Ages (remembered by Englishmen chiefly as the most eminent of the Nominalists, the rival of Duns Scotus, the Realist), is the new Reference Library of Biblical Commentaries, Protestant as well as Catholic, which is to be the armoury of the future Aquinas against heresy, and is already much used. The priests are encouraged to come and study here. I saw them studying, and was much struck by the proportion of young men. The great room at this end, transverse to the main building, contains the latest acquisitions the Terza Raccolta, and the Ruland Library, which was


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bequeathed by the famous bibliophile Canon, Antonio Ruland, Librarian of Wiirzburg. The Prima, Seconda and Terza Raccolta are the three ancient collections formed at various times in the Vatican. In this library the students can go to the shelves themselves.

The main building under the Sala Sistina is one vast chamber divided into six bays by jutting-out book cases, which do not, however, interfere with the vista extending from the statue of the Pope to the statue of Aquinas. The three bays to the south, which are naturally the most cheerful, are used for a reference library ; the three bays to the north contain the famous Palatine Library, captured by Piccolomini at Heidel berg, and presented to the Vatican in 1623 ; the books from the Aracceli Library and the Library of Cardinal Zelada, acquired in the Pontificate of Pius VII., with the books comprised in the Prima Raccolta and Seconda Raccolta. The other transverse chamber, between the statue of Leo XIII. and the Archivio, contains the library of the famous Cardinal Mai. If not luxurious, the rooms embody the very latest improvements in the arrangement of libraries. The book-cases are of iron, whilst the shelves are lined with fragrant pine to keep away moths and book- worms. One room is devoted to a Library of Catalogues. For its own catalogue the Library uses a card system, managed in the latest way, in which the cards are locked in, so that their order cannot be disturbed without unlocking the case, though they can be consulted with perfect ease.

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even the students in the reading-room of the manuscripts had a good long way to go before they could get from the Library to the Borgia Rooms. Leo XIII., in looking about for a location for his new library, had it in his mind, above all things, to find a site equally convenient as a reference library for the students of the archives and the students of the manuscripts. It forms an actual passage between the two. No other site of anything like equal claims could have been found except in the great Sala Sistina itself ; and to have blocked that up with book-cases would almost have been robbing Paul to pay Peter.

In the reference room, called the Biblioteca or Sala di Consultazione, are kept the works which are most likely to be consulted by the students of the archives and the manuscripts, and it is a most notable collection. An oiler was made by the authorities to the various Governments and learned bodies in all civilized countries to exchange for their official publications copies of the valuable Vatican documents which Leo XIII. was having printed. Many of them disclaimed all idea of exchange, and hastened to present all their publications to the Pope, partly as a compliment to that great man on the completion of his great project, and partly out of gratitude for the throwing open of the Vatican archives and manuscripts to scholars of all nations and creeds. The Government of England, for instance, presented superbly-bound copies of all the volumes in the Chronicles and Memorials of Great Britain and Ireland ; the Calendar of State Papers ; the Calendar of Documents of Scotland ; the Register of the Council of Scotland ; the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, and Rymer s Foedera. The University of Oxford followed suit. The Grand


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Duke of Baden has been specially liberal, and the Czar, the Emperor William, and the Emperor of Austria have all contributed handsome donations. All the English Catholic books published during the reign of Leo XIII. have been presented to it. It is said that all the English books published in Leo XIII. s Jubilee year were presented. I do not know if all the good books were presented, but an unconscionable number of bad ones seemed to be there. I saw many which appeared to me below the dignity of a library like this.

Among the finest works contained in this library are the splendid work on the Sistine Chapel prepared by Steinmann, by order of the Emperor Wilhelm of Germany, to commemorate his visit to Rome. A high staging was erected to take the photographs, from which the plates were prepared, from the most favour able positions. Another magnificent reprint is the reproduction of the Virgil of the Fourth Century, which is one of the most celebrated manuscripts in the Vatican Library. This is published in a wooden box.

One of the most interesting departments is that entitled Popes, Cardinals, and Rome," which is a collection of biographies of the first and topographies on the antiquities, churches, institutions, and civil and ecclesiastical offices of the Eternal City. Especially noteworthy are the two book-cases which deal with Italian inscriptions, geography, heraldry, genealogy, chronology, and palaeography such as the " Inscrip- tiones Christianae " of G. B. de Rossi.

Beyond Cardinal Mai s Library is the Archivio, the new rooms of which face the Vatican Gardens and adjoin the Pope s coach-house. The Biblioteca di Con- sultazione is divided from the Palatine, Aracoeli, and

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Zelada Libraries by the massive wall supporting the great piers which divide the Sala above.

The work of transporting the quarter of a million printed volumes which were housed in the Borgia Apartments, is described in " La Nuova Biblioteca Leonina nel Vaticano," by Monsignor Ugolini, the senior Scnttorc of the Vatican Library.

The Borgia Apartments are on the first floor of the north side of the two inner courtyards which open out of the Cortile della Sentinella the courtyard in which the sentinels stand under the wall of the Sistine Chapel, where the road turns round from the back of St. Peter s to ascend to the entrance to the Sculpture Galleries. The Leonine Library is, as I have said, under the great Hall of the Vatican Library, which is known as the Sala Sistina, and goes right across the middle of the two long wings which unite the part of the Vatican containing the Borgia Rooms to the principal apartments in the Museum oi Sculpture. Between it and the road which leads up to the Sculpture Galleries is the Archivio, which has several new rooms opening on to that road. It was decided to lower the books from the windows of the Borgia Apartments into the Cortile del Portone di Ferro, and take them through the Cortile della Sentinella ; then to turn round and go up the Stradone del Giardino, which divides the Vatican Gardens from the Belvedere, till they reached the Archivio, through which they were transported to the Leonine Library.

In the Cortile del Portone di Ferro, a solid staging in wood was constructed, which was built right up to the window of one of the rooms in the Borgia Apart ments which were to be emptied From above was fixed a crane to lower the books gently into the court-


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yard below, from which they could easily be transported on a trolley to their destination. Twenty-seven strong wooden cases made their appearance ; they were each of them about thirty inches long, sixteen inches broad and twenty inches high, and easily moved by two handles fastened to the sides. Their measurements were chosen so that they could easily contain folio volumes on the one hand, and could be easily moved and taken out on the other. The number twenty-seven was decided on after calculating the space in the rooms, the capacity of the trolley, the distance that had to be traversed, and the time necessary for each workman to do the handling. It was calculated that there would be nine at a time in the Borgia Apartments to be filled, nine in the new Library to be emptied, while the trolley was carrying the other nine alternately full and empty from one place to the other. In order that the arrange ment of the books in the old Library should not be disturbed, orders were given that, except in the case of folios, all the books which came together in a shelf, up to a certain measure, should be bound with numbered straps, and laid in order in the boxes, following the respective number preceding that with which each one was marked. The boxes were locked, and, in order to avoid any danger of injury to the books, the insides of the boxes were made soft with quilting ; and the straps, which are generally made of leather, were made of cloth, three or four inches wide, in order not to damage the bindings of the works, some of which were very valuable. The work was carried out with marvellous regularity, and with singular rapidity, as well as with mathe matical precision ; in such a way that, after only fourteen days work, which fell between the 25th of May and the

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nth of June, performed by only fifteen workmen, with the assistance of the scrivente and the other employees of the library, the quarter of a million of volumes which were stored in the Borgia Apartments found themselves in the new Library arranged in exactly the same order as thev had been before, without one book being damaged. Since the printed books have been in the new Library their number has about doubled.

Monsignor Ugolini was very broad-minded in his remarks upon the Protestant books in the Library of Biblical Studies. He pointed me out quite a number : from Sir William Smith s " Dictionary of the Bible " and " Christian Dictionary," to the works of Bishop Ellicott and Bishop Lightfoot. He replied freely to all the questions I asked him, and showed much dignity and humour in the excellent English in which he couched his answers. An English Roman Catholic lady, who was with me, pressed him to show her the " Index Expurgatorius," which, as everyone knows, is the list of books which Roman Catholics are forbidden to read. " No, my dear lady," he said. "It is much better for you not to see it, then you can read whatever your own judgment permits vou to read, without committing any offence." Poor, dear lady, she did not want such broad-mindedness ; she wished to mortify the mind as, in the Middle Ages, she would have mortified the flesh!

In the new Library is preserved a writing-table bought and bequeathed by the antiquary de Rossi, one of the most celebrated explorers of the Forum and Catacombs. On this table Cardinal Mai, the most famous of the librarians of the Vatican, transcribed from a palimpsest, discovered by himself, on which St. Augustine s " Commentary on the Psalms " had been


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written, the long-lost " Republic " of Cicero not the only one of Cicero s works which he discovered. ?vlai, who was born of poor parents in a village near Bergamo, in 1782, was librarian of the great Ambrosian Library at Milan before he was appointed to the Vatican. He died Cardinal Librarian of the Roman Catholic Church, in 1854. An account of his work will be found in the next chapter.

Some idea of the size of Cardinal Mai s library may be formed from the fact that the first of the Borgia Rooms in which it was housed required forty thousand tiles to cover its floor.

It is well for it to be under the guardianship, in marble, of the greatest scholar of the Middle Ages, the Angelic Doctor, who wrote the " Summa Theologice."


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PAUL V. must be regarded as the founder of the Archivio of the Vatican, for it was he who turned the suite of apartments which Sixtus V., when he was building the Vatican Library, designed for the residence of the librarian, into the Archivio.

The Popes began the systematic storage of their archives as far back as Pope S. Damasus (366-384), whose Archivio, roughly speaking, occupied the site of the Cancelleria.

M. Paul Eabre, the great authority on the subject, informs us that the Archives were soon moved to the Lateran, because it was more convenient to have the documents necessary for deciding questions in the place where the discussions were held, and the Lateran is between a mile and two miles from the Archivio of Pope S. Damasus. From the beginning of the seventh century, when one speaks of the Library of the Lateran it includes the Archives. M. Fabre tells us that the library at this time was often called the Scrinium, a word which means a convenient locked chest in which one could put important documents what we should call deed-boxesthough from the allusions of contemporaries the documents never seem to have been


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kept locked. It is to this library of the Lateran that the Liber Pontificalis refers. M. Fabre shows from the accounts of the Council held in Rome in 649, that the library must have been very well arranged and cata logued, for it is recorded that the chief of the notaries was able to produce at once any document or volume which was asked for. The name of this first of the great Pontifical librarians was Theophylactus.

The departure of the Popes to Avignon broke up the

Lateran Library and Archives. They were taken at first

to Assisi for safety, but in 1339 the masterful Benedict

XII. had the Pontifical registers of the thirteenth century

and a large quantity of the archives taken to Avignon.

The rest of them were left in the Convent of Assisi, where

the bulk of them were gradually and irredeemably lost.

M. Fabre tells us that Sixtus IV. transferred the most

important charters of the Holy See to the Castle of

Sant Angelo, and that Leo X. transferred others taken

from the Biblioteca Segreta of the Vatican there. But

the collection of documents, enclosed at that time in

bags of silk of various colours, was small in comparison

with those which had been left at Avignon, and all

that had been produced by the daily business of the

Curia since the end of the Grand Schism, which were

dispersed in many places." Without mentioning the

Biblioteca Segreta, supposed to include the letters of

Luther, there were the Archives of the Camera Apostolica,

of the Gardaroba, of the Cancelleria, of the Apostolical

Secretaries, and of the Nuncios.

It was the ambition of Pius IV., and the dream of S. Pius V., to bring them together in a single institu tion ; and Clement VIII., as a preliminary of the execu tion of this grand design, had a very fine circular hall


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in the top of the Castle of Sant Angelo fitted with hand some presses, elaborately decorated, which Marini saw destroyed in 1799. Here he gathered all the scattered collections and transferred a certain number from the Vatican Archives. Paul V. (1605-1621) ordered the fitting up of the Archivio of the Vatican, mentioned in the beginning of the chapter, and, from that time forward, no fresh archives were sent to Sant Angelo. The documents in the Biblioteca Scgrcta naturally formed the kernel of the new Archivio. Michel Lonigo, who had charge of the transfer to the new Archivio, has left a detailed account of the documents which form the basis of the new Vatican Archivio. Gradually the Archivio of the Vatican became the chief repository of the Papal Archives.

Urban VIII., says M. Fabre, caused the Bulls registered " par voie secrete " from Sixtus IV. (1471-1484) to Pius v - (1565-1572), to be transported there from the Archives of the Secretaries-Apostolical ; and also from the Archives of the Secretariat of the Briefs, registers and minutes of Briefs from Alexander VI. (1492-1503) to 1567 ; and added a certain number of volumes which came from Avignon, and the correspondence of the Nuncios of the sixteenth century, which had lain till then in the Archives of the Gardaroba ; and Alexander VII. added the papers of the Secretariat of State. Under Alexander VII. the documents of the Nunciatures were arranged in the upper floor in special presses, and near them was formed another series with the letters of Car dinals, Princes, etc. Clement XI. instituted in the same room a series of Varia Politicorum ; and in Benedict XIII. s time the Canon De Pretis made an inventory of all these various collections.


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Pius VI. enriched the Archives with five hundred large volumes recovered from Avignon, and finally, in the month of May, 1798, the Archivist, Gaetano Marini, when he was ordered by the French to give up the keys of the Castle of Sant Angelo, obtained their permission to transfer all the documents preserved there to the Vatican Archives ; this, thanks to the aid and energy of the French soldiers, was effected in a single day. Marini gave a further proof of his capacity and intelligence by preserving at the Vatican the exact order in which the documents had been arranged at Sant Angelo. But all this was upset by Napoleon s transfer of the Vatican documents to Paris in 1810, and their restitution, owing to the good offices of the English in 1817. After the death of Marini the Archives, like the Library, were not kept in a way that could be considered satisfactory, until that great Pope Leo XIII., in his comprehensive scheme to set his house in order, turned his attention to them. He made immense additions, including two thousand volumes of Papal Briefs, added in 1883, and all the archives of the Dataria in 1888.

Leo also extended the accommodation of the Archives by adding five rooms adjoining the old Sala da Studio of the Archives. They face the Vatican Gardens on the ground floor of the street which leads up to the Sculpture Galleries, in a line with the Pope s coach house. Two of these look on, and communicate with the room devoted to Cardinal Mai s library in the new Biblioteca Leonina.

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Library at Milan. " Hut whatever he had till now performed," says Cardinal Wiseman, in his " Last Four Popes," published by Hurst and Blackett, in 1858, was eclipsed by the most fortunate and brilliant of his discoveries, that of Cicero s long-coveted treatise De Republica. Petrarca, Poggio, and Bessarion, with a host of elegant scholars, had desired and sought in vain to see this treatise. It had eluded every research. Under a copy of St. Augustine s Commentary on the Psalms Mai discovered it, in large, bold characters, with its title legible. I ran well remember the commotion which the announcement of this success excited through the literary world in Rome. Of course, it took some time to prepare the work for publication. Indeed, I have heard from the learned discoverer himself, that while new types were being cast, and arrangements made for publishing it through all Europe, he was busily engaged in hunting out all the quotations of Cicero s work disr persed through the ponderous tomes of subsequent writers especially Fathers. The very one whose own lucubrations had shielded it from destruction, and covered it with a patina or antiquarian crust such as often saves a valuable medal, yielded no small number of extracts, which either were found in the discovered portions and so verified their genuineness, or were absent from them and so tilled up lacunae.

" How often have I had that precious volume in my hand, with the man whose fame it crowned explaining to friends around him the entire process of discovery, and the manner in which he drew out order from the chaotic confusion of its leaves. Indeed, seldom was it my lot to lead any party to visit the Vatican Library, while Monsignor Mai was librarian, without his leaving


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his own pursuit to show us its treasures, and not the least valuable of them, himself."

Gregory XVI., wishing to employ his extraordinary abilities in the service of religion, made him secretary of the Congregation of the Propaganda, but he was allowed to have the MSS. of the library at his house. He did not confine his industry to palimpsests, but drew from the shelves of the Vatican, histories, poems, medical and mathematical treatises, acts of Councils, Biblical commentaries in fine, works of every age and of every class, classical, patristic, mediaeval, and even modern, not only in Greek and Latin, but in Arabic, Syro- Chaldaic, and Armenian. He re-established, under the auspices of Gregory, the celebrated Vatican press, which had formerly published the splendid St. Ephrem ; he had cast for it new sets of types, for various alphabets, from the best models in old manuscripts ; and especially employed it in the printing of the great Codex Vaticanus, which he transcribed."

Out of the manuscripts which he discovered, he pub lished between 1827 and 1838 " (i) Scriptorum veterum nova colledio. } A collection, in ten huge quarto volumes, of writers, sacred and profane, of every age.

"(2) Classici scriptores ex codicibus Vaticanis editi, in ten volumes of smaller dimensions. These two series closely followed one another. The first began to be published in 1827, and the second was closed in 1838.

" (3) Spicilegium Romanum, another series in ten volumes, which he finished in 1844.

" (4) Nova Patrum Bibliotheca, of which only six of the twelve volumes had appeared when death brought his labours prematurely to a close."

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as Cardinal Mezzofanti, one of the most famous linguists in history. He became Cardinal-Librarian in 1^53, a year before his death.

Our Royal Society of Literature, in awarding the gold medal in 1824 to this gentle scholar, the most famous in the great roll of the librarians of the Vatican, hailed him as " the Discoverer and Restorer of Palimpsests."

Cardinal Wiseman, who was his colleague in the Sacred College for four years, has left us a vivid picture of Mai s labours.

To drop figures, the peculiarity of Mai s wonderful discovery, consisted in the reading of manuscripts twice written ; or, as thev are more ^rieiitiiically railed, palimpsests. A book, for instance, mav have been very properly catalogued as containing the commen taries or sermons of some abbot of the eleventh or twelfth century, works of which there may be several other transcripts in the library. Kdited or not, it is improbable that the volume has been, or will be, looked into during a generation. But the lens-like eye of a Don Angelo peers into it, and it becomes a treasure- trove. The writer of the Middle Ages had taken down from the shelve* a work which he considered of small value perhaps there were duplicates of it some letters, for instance, of a heathen Lmperor to his tutor, and had scrubbed, as he thought, the parchment clean, both of its inky and of its moral denigration, and then had written over it the recent production of some favourite author. It is this under-writing that Mai scanned with a sagacious eye ; perhaps it was like the lines of a re painted canvas, which, in course of time, came through the more evanescent tints superadded, a leg or arm cropping out through the mouth of an impassioned


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head by the second artist ; and he could trace clearly the large forms of uncial letters of the fourth or fifth century, sprawling through two lines of a neatly-written brevier. Or the scouring had been more thoroughly done ; and then a wash of gallic acid revived the pallid reed-strokes of the earlier scribe.

Ingenuity, patience, learning, and immense perse verance were requisite for the process. Often only the unconnected passages were found, half a sentence in one page, which the next did not continue, but the rest of which might perhaps be found in another manuscript three hundred numbers off ; sometimes portions of various works were jumbled together under one later production, upside down, back to back, like shuffled cards, while perhaps not one page contained the

Incipit, or the Explicit feliciter liber i, de

so as to give a clue to what these fragments contained. Learning was then, indeed, necessary; for conjecture often gave the first intimation of what had been dis covered, from the style, or from the sentence having been fortunately embalmed, or petrified, by quotation in some later author.

" In this way did Mai labour on, looking through the tangled mass of confused materials, catching up the ends of different threads, and pursuing them with patient diligence, till he had drawn each, broken or perfect as it happened to exist. After one minor publication of a translation, he began in 1813, and continued till 1819, to pour out an unintermitting stream of volumes, containing works or portions of works, lost, as it had been supposed, irrecoverably. Various orations of Cicero ; the lost writings of Julius Fronto ; unpublished letters of Marcus Aurelius, Antoninus Pius, Lucius Verus,


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and Appian ; fragments of speeches by Aurelius Sym- machus ; the History of Dionysius of Halicarnassus from the twelfth to the twentieth books ; inedited frag ments of Philo ; ancient commentaries on Virgil ; two books of Eusebius s Chronicles ; the Itineries of Alex ander, and of Constantius Augustus, son of the Emperor Constantine ; three books of Julius Valerius on the actions of Alexander the Great ; the sixth and fourteenth Sibylline books ; finally, the celebrated Gothic version, by Ulphilas, of St. Paul and other parts of Scripture ; such were the principal works recovered and published, with notes, prefaces, and translations, by this inde fatigable scholar, in the period just mentioned of six years. It was a work in which he could have little or no assistance from others ; in fact, it was an art ex clusively his own."

His library he wished to bequeath to the Roman clergy. But as he could not afford to provide a building or endowment he gave orders for it to be valued and sold, stipulating that the Pope was to have first offer at half the valuation. He was anxious that his col lection should be kept separate and bear his name. He stipulated that every book should bear his arms. His manuscripts were all bequeathed to the Vatican. Pius IX. at once gave orders for the Library to be pur chased, and it was kept in the first of the Borgia Apart ments, the Sala dei Pontifici, until it was removed to the chamber which it now occupies in the end of the Leonine Library the link with the Archivio.


CHAPTER XIII. THE VATICAN GARDENS.

I SUPPOSE there are moments when the Vatican Gardens look as beautiful as you would expect. I have not seen them at such a time. If I were Pope and confined by my policy to a park of a few acres, and a palace of eleven thousand rooms, I should do my best to make that park an earthly paradise ; and one could do a great deal with the Hill of Evil Repute, the Mons Vaticanus. It is all ups and downs, and its crest commands on the one side one of the finest views of St. Peter s and the Palace of the Pope, and on the other looks far away into the open country where the road runs down to Viterbo under an avenue of monu mental stone-pines.

The Vatican Gardens, known as the Boscareccio, have little of the architectural nobility which endears the gardens of so many dead and gone Cardinals to us. The Fountain Garden in the Villa Lante, beyond Viterbo, which was the pleasure-house of the famous Cardinal Riario, recalls the Book of the Revelation. It is such a vision of water spread like a glassy sea, divided up into jewels by flourishes of hoary masonry. The Villa d Este at Tivoli, built for Cardinal Ippolito d Este, the grandson of Pope Alexander VI., and son of the beautiful Lucrezia Borgia, might be the entrance to Paradise, with its magnificent sweeps of broad and


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ancient steps from terrace to terrace, green with the shade of leaves that never fall, and glittering with the crystal arcs of leaping water.

fhe sentiment of an earlier and more liberal age allowed the society of fair women to the Princes of the Church. Else, maybe, the Este and Aldobrandini Cardinals had never built those stairways of the gods which grace the slopes of Tivoli and Frascati. The garden of the Vatican lacks the pagan beauty born of a desire to emulate the fairy temple of the blind goddess Fortuna, piled up the hill of Palestrina, the Praneste which rivalled Rome, till it was sacrificed, not to the righteousness, but to the revenge of Pope Boniface VIII., thirteen turbulent centuries after Our Lord had preached His Gospel of Peace.

But here, too, are the foot-prints of the Classics, for the Popes have loved to remember that they sat on the throne, not only of St. Peter, but of the Caesars. The twenty-first of April, the birthday of Romulus, the first King of Rome, or, at any rate, of his city, is observed now as it was two thousand years ago.

The Pope s classical garden is frigid in design, though sunny in aspect. Its chief ornaments are orange- trees in tubs ; royally prolific of fragrant white blossom and golden orbs of fruit ; they are ranged along the lower terrace. The garden itself looks like a puzzle put together with gravel paths, box borders and patterns of flower beds. The larger beds have emblems and inscriptions executed in box a tiara, for example, with Pio X." on one side and " Pont. Max." on the other ; or a Cardinal s hat with tassels and cords, or tortured lions. Here and there is a small aloe or palmetto ; here and there a cluster of narcissus looking as if it


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had been lost, and in one corner one palm tree as solitary as the Pope. Really it is only the oranges which light up the Pope s garden, as the oranges plucked from sunny groves, and carried over the seas to be piled on a coster s barrow, illuminate the sad winter streets of the poor people s London on a Saturday night.

This is the bosom of the garden : it is embraced by more beautiful surroundings. You walk out from the Sculpture Gallery, for instance, on to a fine terrace which looks across this Chinese puzzle to the grandest view of St. Peter s, where you have the whole figure of the giant dome, down to the bottom of its skirts, instead of just its umbrella. That is all you see from the Piazza, owing to the senseless and tasteless gallery which some Pope, look ing about for an addition to his cathedral by which he might immortalize himself, employed Carlo Maderna to build over the noble porch which should have been the climax of the superb colonnade of Bernini.

Through the Sculpture Gallery and along that terrace walks the Pope to the few green acres which are all he has left of the kingdom of this world, except certain sacred buildings in Rome, and one pale villa on the Alban Hills, which looks across the Alban Lake at Alba Longa, the long white town whose inhabitants, flying in terror from the dying volcano above it, were the founders of Rome.

They say that if he has a mind the Pope can walk a mile through his palace before ever he sets foot in the open air. He would have to follow the windings of the paths to walk a mile in his garden kingdom. Along the wall of the classical garden which faces the Vatican are three shrine-like niches with appropriate statues ; and there are more statues on the wall silhouetted

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against the close well-trimmed laurel hedge enclosing the boschetto, the little wood which is the only place where he who has the spiritual charge of Christendom can see the works of God, undistracted by the sight of the works of man. The hedges are grand ; the wood is old, but not open enough to show the glory of the wild spring flowers of Italy. Who is there who has walked in April through the woods of the Aldobrandini Villa from Frascati to Tusculum, that can ever forget the fragrant cyclamens spread like palls of crimson velvet, the violets, the anemones, and the shyer peonies ?

The Mons Vaticanus has many memories. If it did not derive its name from that Vaticinium or prophecy of Numa Pompilius, Cincinnatus certainly was plough ing the prat a below when he was called to lead the armies of his country as Dictator. Though the ashes of Julius Caesar were never in the bronze globe at the top of the Obelisk, the profuse Caracalla had a palace here. The road which led out of the city and over its crest, was bordered on either side with the sepulchral monuments of dead citizens ; and among them rose the monument of St. Peter himself (when he had been executed in the Circus at the foot of the hill which formed part of the Gardens of Nero), and the Mausoleum of the daughters of Stilicho. Many a moral has been drawn from the fact that Nero had his pleasaunce on the accursed hill for as such was the Mons Vaticanus regarded for many centuries. It was a favourite resort also of Nero s predecessor in the science of outrage, Caligula, and the madman Elagabalus, who, on one occasion, released thousands of poisonous snakes among an audience assembled in the Circus on the Vatican Hill.

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splendid fragment of the Leonine Wall, built by S. Leo IV. in the middle of the ninth century for the protection of the Leonine City from the threatened invasion of the Saracens. The magnificent towers are as fine in their way as the vast circular keep built by the great Lord Talbot of the Hundred Years War in the Castle of Falaise. One of them is rather spoiled by having Leo XIII. s sham fifteenth-century casino built against it. The casino is not shown at all, though I understand that the interior has been dismantled. Leo XIII. had a new window inserted in the first story of the old tower, and a tiny lift fitted to take him up into it. It is said that he used the chamber fora chapel. The wildest part of the garden is round here, but it is not wilder than the Bois de Boulogne.

The other tower is crowned by the Vatican Observa tory. " It stands one hundred and eighty-seven feet above the sea," says Lanciani, " and commands an un limited view over the Campagna and the road ; and is therefore described as the Tunis unde mare prospi- citur, in the early representations of the Vatican group. It is now used as an observatory for photographing the section of the heavens which was allotted to the Holy See by the International Astronomical Congress."

The mighty bastions of Urban VIII. s wall recall the Spanish fortifications of Palermo. Far below is a gigantic brick-field, so enormous, with clay cliffs so towering, that it reminded me of nothing so much as the yawning abyss from which slate is hewn at the Delabole Quarries in Cornwall. All the Vatican, and, if tradition may be believed, the greater part of ancient Rome, came from these colossal brick-fields. Beyond them you see the open country.

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Almost as noticeable as the fragment of the Leonine Wall, which still crowns the crest of the Vatican Hill, is the beautiful monument put up by the French Catholics over a grotto cut to imitate the Grotto at Lourdes. Over it they have erected a charmingly elegant tower, and terrace ; inside the cave is a blue-gowned image of the Virgin, with three jets of water in front of her. Pilgrims are invited to rest and drink here. Leo XIII. granted the signal favour of allowing this monument to be erected because of the devotion of the authorities of Lourdes to the Holy See. It is said that their offerings to the Pope amount to a hundred thousand pounds annually.

Leo XIII. had been a sportsman in his mountain home. He kept a few deer, a pair of ostriches, and a pelican (described as having pink wings), to remind him of it. Pius X. has banished them ; it is alleged that they reminded him too keenly of his own captivity, and that he often gazes out of his windows with the expression of an exile. A witty Cardinal, who speaks English perfectly, informed me that the only animals kept at the Vatican now are the Papal Bulls.

It is a great shock to turn from the thousand-year- old towers and wall of S. Leo IV., and the tremendous ramparts of Urban VIII., whose vast height you can descry by peeping through the loopholes, to the relics of that other Leo s long pontificate. He was rightly held in a veneration seldom accorded to any human being. Even Queen Victoria was less venerated ; but their standards of taste were about the same. His little kingdom in the Boscareccio of the Vatican was further from the kingdom of art than any in Italy. The posts of his pergola were of cast-iron, painted red;


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his favourite summer-house was made of deal with a corrugated iron roof which Mr. Humphreys would dis own. In the summer-house, behind a dilapidated cur tain, was a red velvet chair an undress throne. The Romans used to say that his wine was so sour that it kept up the old tradition about the wine of the Vatican Hill being poisonous. One thing he had good, and that was the view of St. Peter s. He was high up, and he was close, and he was on the best side the dome seems to fill the sky.

If it is too early for the fairest of the spring flowers, you will see an undulating line of snow running along the peaks of the pale blue Sabine and Alban Hills. These form the background of the monstrous dome, which is the hive of Christendom a hive with the bee-cells, those thousands of chambers which form the Vatican Palace, outside. Every queen-bee is a type of the white- robed Pope who dwells in that Palace.

The Pope wears white : when he is being elected three white Papal soutanes are made : of a large size, a small size, and a middle size. So of whatever size the new Pope is he can be temporarily fitted while the Papal tailor is making his clothes. These are much-prized perquisites, and fall to the highest Cardinals.

At the end of the wild part of the gardens are two great fountains ; both of them the work of Paul V., the Borghese Pope, who took the marble from the Temple of Minerva in the Forum of Nerva and the great columns of the vestibule of Old St. Peter s, to decorate his famous Aqua Paola Fountain, the finest head of water in Rome, which you pass on the way to the Villa Doria. Paul V. s mind seemed to run to fountains.


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The upper of his two fountains in the Vatican Gardens, the Fontana dell Aquila, gets its name from the Borghese crest, the great eagle of plaster which perches on the top. Everything about it is a sham except the water : the rocks are as shamelessly made of stucco as the dragons which peep out of their caves and the statues which stand up to their necks in water. All the plaster is beginning to disintegrate, half hidden in decayed masses of maidenhair. The whole thing looks like a wreck ot the scenery of a \Yagnerian opera except the water ; that is deep enough to be blue. And, per haps, once upon a time on hot summer days, when the cheeks of the nymphs were still round and young, and the composition of the caves told no secrets, the fountain may have been attractive from other points of view than that of the bather. It is, in truth, a chef d ccuvre of vulgarity. The lower fountain, built in what Paul V. believed to be mediaeval style the Fontana delle Torn is not so bad. The towers which gave it its name have, at any rate, the merit of solidity, but are spoiled by the kind of csedra in the typical Cardinal s style of architecture behind.

One gem there is in the Vatican Gardens, a source of unfailing delight, the casino erected for Pius IV., by Pirro Eigorio, in 1560. And that is because nearly all the materials are ancient Roman. The description of it forms one of the best passages in Hare s " Walks in Rome."

The Casino del Papa, or Villa Pia, built by Pius IV., with material taken from the Stadium of Domitian (Piazza Xavona), in the lower and more cultivated por tion of the ground, is the chef d ceuvre of the architect, Pirro Ligorio, and is decorated with paintings by


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Baroccio, Zucchero, and Santi di Tito, and a set of terra-cotta reliefs collected by Agincourt and Canova. The shell decorations are pretty and curious. This villa gives an admirable idea of a small country house under the Roman Empire.

" During the hours which he spent daily in this Villa, its founder, Pius IV., enjoyed that easy and simple life for which he was far better fitted than for the affairs of government ; but here, also, he received the counsels of his nephew, S. Carlo Borromeo, who, summoned by him to Rome in 1560, became for several succeeding years the real ruler of the state. Here he assembled around him all those who were distinguished by their virtues or their talents, and held many of the meetings which received the name of Notti Vaticane at first employed in the pursuit of philosophy and poetry, but after the necessity of church reform became apparent both to the Pope and S. Carlo, entirety devoted to the discussion of sacred subjects. In this Villa Pius VIII. and Gregory XVI. used frequently to give their audiences.

" The sixteenth century was the golden age for the Vatican, though a leaden one for the Forum. Then the luxurious court of Leo X. was the centre of artistic and literary life, and the witty and pleasure-loving Pope made these gardens the scene of his banquets and con certs ; and beneath the shadow of these cypresses in a circle, to which ladies were admitted, as in a secular court, he listened to the recitations of the artificial poets who sprang up, like truffles, under his pro tection."

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For those who are not privileged to enter the Pope s Garden, I may say that the Casino Borromeo, or Casino di Pio Quarto, stands on an exquisite little amphi theatre, with an inlaid pavement and a graceful fountain in the centre, oval like itself. It is surrounded by a low parapet whose inner face has stone benches, like the presbytery of a basilica. Its oval form may have been suggested by the Stadium of Domitian, whence the beautiful masonry of which it is composed was taken. On the top of the parapet stand charming vases rilled with fine aloes. The whole face of the casino and the alcove opposite are covered with sculpture and other decorations. The only building in Rome whose facade shows such beauty is the garden front of the great Villa Medici on the Pincian Hill, built for Cardinal Ricci da Montepulciano, twenty years earlier soon likewise to pass into Medici hands ; Pius IV. was a Medici. The whole conception of this casino of Pius IV. (which has just the right vegetation round it solemn stone-pines, half tropical shrubs), is exquisitely poetical and beauti ful, but Leo XIII. considered it malarious, and built himself the new casino attached to the Leonine Tower, which I have described above. Mr. Marion Crawford, a Roman Catholic, and a resident in Italy for many years, writes thus of the old Pope in his garden : "At the last, opposite the iron turnstile by which visitors are counted, there is the closed gate of the garden. It is very hard to get admission to it now, for the Pope him self is often there when the weather is fine. In the Italian manner of gardening the grounds are well laid out, and produce the effect of being much larger than they really are. They are not, perhaps, very remarkable, and Leo XIII. must sometimes long for the hills of Carpineto


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and the freer air of the mountains, as he drives round and round in the narrow limits of his small domain, or walks a little under the shade of the ilex trees, con versing with his gardener or his architect. Yet those who love Italy love its old-fashioned gardens, the shady walks, the deep box hedges, the stiff little summer- houses, the fragments of old statues at the corners, and even the scherzi d acqua, which are little sur prises of fine water-jets, that unexpectedly send a shower of spray into the faces of the unwary. There was always an element of childishness in the practical jesting of the eighteenth century."

The Giardino della Pigna, which forms the northern half of the vast courtyard projected by Bramante, which Sixtus V. cut in half with his building for the Vatican Library, is a cortile rather than a garden, though it con tains some flower-beds. It is more interesting as con taining the celebrated Niccio or esedra of Bramante, in front of which is mounted the great bronze Pigna, which gives the garden its name, and was the top of the fountain in the atrium of Old St. Peter s. The bronze peacocks, which flank it, either came from the same fountain or from the western facade of the church. Professor Middleton, who is a very sound guide, gives this latter origin for the peacocks, and says : This bronze fir cone was placed by Pope Symmachus (498- 514) in the centre of a very handsome fountain which he had made to stand in the middle of the open atrium in front of the main entrances into Constantine s Vatican Basilica of S. Peter. It is shown in this position in one of the frescoes in the church of S. Martino ai Monti, and probably remained there till the old Basilica was destroyed by Pope Julius II., when he determined to


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build a new church of still greater magnificence to hold his tomb by Michel Angelo."

There is no sufficient authority for the fresco which represents the Pigna inside the church. Hare says that Pope Symmachus removed it to the atrium from the Lake of Agrippa in the Campus Martins.

Here, too, is the Garden or Terrace of the Navicella, so called from the bronze ship which stands in it.

With this I must take leave of the Vatican Gardens. I cannot quite echo the enthusiasm of Hare when he wrote : It is a most delightful retreat for the hot days of May and June, and, before that time, its woods are carpeted with wild violets, anemones and squills. No one who has not visited them can form an idea of these ancient groves, interspersed with fountains and statues, but otherwise left to nature, and exemplifying sylvan scenery, quite unassociated with the English idea of a garden." It may be that the gardens have been de naturalizing since his time, or that there was a certain baroquity in his taste, which made him a little un- discriminative.

But I can conceive that the Giardini Vaticani have been allowed to put off beauty from them like a garment, since the days when Pius IX. rode on his white mule between these walls of clipped laurel under the canopy of stone-pines.


(liardino della I knia. Showing the Xiccio of Bramante and the Pigna (pine cone)


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CHAPTER XIV. THE COACH-HOUSE OF THE POPE

ONE feature of interest in the Vatican which practically all guide-books omit, is the Pope s Coach-house, under neath the long gallery of the Library, which faces the Vatican Gardens and connects the Sculpture Galleries in the converted Villa Belvedere of Innocent VIII. with the old part of the Vatican proper in which the Borgia Rooms are situated. The visitor passes it on his right as he ascends the hill to the Sculpture Gallery. Only once since Pius IX. was deprived of temporal power and shut himself up in the Vatican has one of these carriages been seen, with the Pope inside it, by the out side world, and that was on July I5th, 1890, when Leo XIII. took a turn in his carriage on the road which divides St. Peter s from the Zecca (Mint). The Mint is the one spot in the Vatican which was seized by the Italian Government, and, as I have explained elsewhere, Leo XIII. took this giro to show that this road was part of the Vatican precincts to which he limited him self.

There are a large number of Papal carriages, all of which have had the arms first of Leo XIII. and then of Pius X., duly placed on their panels, though neither of these Pontiffs has ever used them. It has always been the custom for each succeeding Pope to have the


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arms of his predecessor removed from the coaches and his own substituted. Very few of the carriages go back beyond Pius IX., who liked to keep the fittings of his position at a high pitch of dignity and splendour. Probably many interesting old carnages were taken away in his time as shabby, or superannuated. A few of the carriages there belonged to the splendour-loving Cardinal Bonaparte, but all the others, which I saw, were Papal. The cicerone who shows the coach-house to the privileged persons who obtain the special order necessary to visit it, is admirably suited for the purpose. He is a portly, dignified, intelligent man, who was one of Pius IX. s postillions, and has, I believe, the privilege of driving the present Pope.

He began by pointing out with special pride a plain black carriage, which looked like a station brougham with a stamped gilt luggage-tray on its roof. For this was the carriage which Leo XIII. always used. All Pius IX. s carriages have the same peculiarity a pair of gilt throne arms fixed on the middle of the back scat, so that this seat could only be used by one person. Their floors are almost as high above the ground as the floors of railway carriages. And as this Pope lived to be eighty-five, they have an elaborate arrangement for helping him to climb into the carriage : a sort of folding ladder of four steps, leather above and carpet below.

One or two of Pius IX. s carriages are black ; the rest rise in an increasing scale of splendour, chiefly achieved by scarlet and gold, to the mezzo-gala and the grand-gala coach. The last is a superb affair adorned with a couple of cherubs of the Bernini family in the attitude of running forward, and holding a tiara between them as if they were dancing Sir Roger de Coverley. The


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roof above them is decorated with eight golden pines. The carriage itself was covered with crimson velvet encircled with ormolu ornaments ; it has olive branches in front. This carriage has no coach-box ; its six horses had postillions.

On the occasions of state for which Pius IX. used his gala coach he was surrounded by his whole court of Cardinals and Noble Guards walking on foot. On the most ordinary occasions he drove out with two Cardinals sitting facing him. By his right hand was a sort of box which his ex-postillion, who was showing us round, told us he used for tobacco and so on.

This coachman quite saw the humour of the situation when he began to tell us about a Sultan of Turkey who wished to confer a splendid decoration upon the Pope for diplomatic reasons, as the Sultan Bajazet II. had pre sented the Pope of his time with one of the most pre cious relics in St. Peter s the Holy Lance. In the inter vening centuries opinion had grown stricter ; at the same time there was no wish to repel the Sultan s ad vances, so a compromise was made, and the Grand Turk was allowed to confer a decoration upon the Pope s mule. He sent his muleship a gorgeous crimson velvet saddle and a caparison covered with diamonds. There was further humour in the situation, for, although the Sultan was only allowed to confer the diamonds on the mule, the then Pope saw no harm in borrowing the diamonds from the mule for the decoration of his chalices, and replacing them with paste. It was certainly better for the grooms, who might have been tempted to try the same expedient without using the diamonds for chalices.

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crimson velvet and ormolu trappings used for the six horses of the grand-gala coach. Here, too, is the superb saddle of crimson velvet and silver which was used for the white mule on which the Pope rode in state to take formal possession of the Lateran after his coronation. This, as the postillion declared, was to typify Our Lord s entry into Jerusalem. Clement XIV. (1769-1774) was the last Pope who went through the ceremony on horse back, though Pius IX. had a cardlc.it a. Contrary to the usual custom he rode from the (,)uirinal and not the Vatican. He took the route by the Piazza of the SS. Apostoli, which was, and is still, surrounded by the palaces of the great nobles. Silvagni lays equal emphasis on the beautv and importance of Felicia Barberini, wife of Prince Corsini, the Princess Santa Croce, and Donna Ippolita Boncompagni Ludovisi, the eighteen-year-old wife of Prince Rezzonico, brother of the late Pope. He notes that the populace were very discontented because the Kgvptian lions of the Capitol on this occasion did not pour wine instead of water, and because money was not thrown among them, though these practices always led to disorders and deaths. That sixty-six thousand orders for ten loaves of bread each fluttered among them did not at all compensate. Starvation they did not mind ; dissipation they craved for. The decorations of the Capitol sound curiouslv like those of to-day, except that there was a throne covered with crimson damask, and a baldacchino containing a portrait of the Pope, for they consisted chiefly of the banners of the fourteen Rioni and the crimson standards of the Senate, bearing the armorial device of the city of Rome the S.P.Q.R. in heavy letters of gold. While from all the windows


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of the three palaces round the Capitol hung superb tapestries and precious pieces of brocade and gold embroidery. You may see the same on any twenty-first of April still.

The route lay over the Capitol and along the Forum, practically reversing the order of a Roman Triumph along the Sacred Way. The Forum, then called the Campo Vacchino, with its broken elevations, was the principal point for the crowd to see the spectacle, and even there accidents occurred from crushing, in spite of the proverbial gentleness and good nature of an Italian crowd. Had they known that the spectacle would never be seen in all its splendour again what might not have happened ? There are no such pageants nowadays.

First came the horsemen with brass helmets and gilt lances, dressed in crimson velvet and gold lace, who were supposed to clear the way ; then came four gorgeous Lancie Spezzati, or Knights of the Guard, two of whom marshalled the procession while the other two patrolled it ; then came two great Nobles, the Grand Herald and the Master of the Horse, followed by the valets and mace-bearers of the Cardinals, in scarlet cloaks em broidered with their masters arms in gold and silver, followed by their gentlemen-in-waiting and other members of their households, and the head-servants of the Ouirinal in red cassocks. All of these were in front of the Papal litter, which was covered with gorgeous draperies of scarlet and gold, and drawn by ten white mules in trappings flashing with the same costly metal, attended by grooms in red coats with folded hoods. After the litter came four mounted trumpeters heading a procession of Chamberlains and Assistant-Chamber-


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lains, and Honorary Chamberlains of various kinds (of whom there are hundreds), but all of them in scarlet cloaks and hoods, conspicuous among whom was the Maestro di Camera. Then came the great Roman Nobles, the heads of the princely houses of Odescalchi, Albani, Giustiniani, Mattel, Altemps, Fiano, Cat farelli, Salviati, and Anguillara, with their pages and servants in gala dress. These were separated from the Swiss Guard in their helmets and cuirasses, armed with great two-handled swords, by the four oldest Camerieri Segreti, who each carried a Papal hat of crimson velvet on a little spear with a velvet-covered shaft. A long train of dignitaries of the Church preceded Prince Colonna, Principe Assistcnte to the Papal Throne and Grand Constable of the Kingdom of Naples, who rode in flashing armour on a superb Andalusian charger. He was followed by the three Masters of Ceremonies in long mantles on mules with purple Papal trappings, and one of the Uditori of the Rota, carrying the Papal Cross, leading a double line of Papal grooms in red cassocks, armed with swords, between a double line of Swiss Guards in helmets and cuirasses and breeches and stockings of purple silk, some of them armed with their halberds and some with their two-handled swords.

This was to keep off the crowd, for here rode the Pope upon his white palfrey, covered with the gold- embroidered crimson velvet saddle cloth which was shown us in the Pope s coach-house. The Pope wore a white cassock and rochet, and a mozzetta of crimson velvet edged with ermine. His stole was of gold bullion ornamented with huge pearls, and he wore his Papal hat over his skull-cap. He was attended by twenty- four pages dressed in cloth of silver with long white


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feathers drooping from their little skull-caps, and white silk stockings. Their hair fell in curls upon the shoulders ; they were selected for their beauty and their birth ; they carried various things for the use of the Pope, such as an extra Papal hat, which the Pope might well have required, as his horse fell with him just by the Arch of Septimus Severus ; they were followed by masters of the streets in black gowns ; by more Lancie Spezzati, and mace-bearers on horse back, and by the processional Papal umbrella.

Immediately behind them came the Cardinal Camer- lengo, the famous Scipio Borghese, who built the Villa Borghese, riding on a mule with the purple Papal trappings, and wearing his Cardinal s hat ; followed by a throne for the Pope, carried by two splendid horses, and a Sed-ia Gestatoria borne on the shoulders of the Sediarii in their splendid scarlet liveries.

Then came the Cardinals riding two and two, gorgeous in their scarlet gowns, but their mules had scarlet trappings instead of purple ; and they wore their caps instead of their Cardinals hats. Each of them was surrounded by gorgeous lackeys, two a little in advance of the others carrying gilt staves and the arms of their masters. The most interesting figure among them was the English Prince known as the Cardinal of York and, after his death, called Henry IX. of England.

After the Cardinals came the Patriarchs, Archbishops, Bishops, and the great officers of the Papal Curia ; and after them came the Papal carriage, all scarlet and gold, drawn by six great white horses ridden by postillions ; followed by the great Nobles who were the Pope s Captains of the Guard and Standard Bearer, and three companies of cavalry and cuirassiers ; the procession

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was closed by another detachment of the Swiss Guard, with their glittering helmets and cuirasses.

A stately pageant, consisting of the entire chapter and clergy of the Lateran, with grand processional cross and canopies, was awaiting them in the Piazza, of the Lateran, and a throne had been erected in its vestibule.

In Italy vestments and liveries are faithfully pre served ; and if the Pope \vcre to decide to come forth into the world and signali/e it by a caralcata to take possession of the Lateran, the pageant could be re- produced almost identically, though it is nearly a century and a half since that day.

Clement XIV. s fall, which was considered very un- luckv at the time, in spite of the witticism with which he turned it off, seemed prophetic, for only six years afterwards he died a terrible death, poisoned by some mvsterious drug, the effects of which are thus described bv Silvagni, translated by Mrs. Maclaughlin.

" Monsignor ( aracciolo bears witness that, some few days before his end, his bones wasted and crumbled like the branches of a tree, which, attacked at its roots, dry up, and fall off. Doctor Derossi, and other medical men who assisted to embalm the body, found it these are their exact words with the face livid, the lips black, the abdomen swollen, and all the skin covered with purple blotches, the size of the heart greatly diminished, and the muscles about the backbone lacerated and decomposed. They used vast quantities of per fumes and aromatics, but could not subdue the un pleasant odours proceeding from the corpse. The entrails, which were enclosed in a casket, burst it open ; and when the dead man, after lying in state, was divested


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of his Pontifical robes, great pieces of flesh adhered to them, his hair remained fixed on the cushion which sup ported his head, and all his nails dropped off."

Before 1870, when the Pope was deprived of his temporal power and retired into the Vatican, he used to make state progresses to the church of S. Carlo Borromeo on the fifteenth of November ; to the church of S. Filippo Neri on the twenty-sixth of May, which is the day of that saint, called the Apostle of Rome ; to the church of Santa Maria del Popolo on the eighth of September, which is the feast of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary ; and to the church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva on the twenty-fifth of March, which is the feast of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary our Lady- Day. The arms of Pius X., which appear on all the carriages, are an adaptation of the Lion of St. Mark s, with a background of sea. He had no arms of his own as he was of humble birth, and when he was told that he must use a coat of arms, wished it to be adapted from the arms of his beloved Venice. At the time of his election to the Papacy he was Patriarch of Venice.

Yet more difficult to see than the Pope s Coach-house is the Chapel of S. Pius V., which is behind the hall of the Christian paintings in the Vatican Library. I have not seen that.

Visitors are admitted to the Studio del Mosaico, where the famous mosaics of the Vatican are made, by an order. It is situated in the basement of the other long hall which leads from the Belvedere to the Borgia wing. Between it and the Pope s coach-house, enclosed with these long arms, is the vast Cortile of Bramante, which Sixtus V. spoiled irremediably by building the

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Vatican Library across it. The Mosaic Factory of the Vatican, in which it is said that nearly thirty thousand different shades of the vitreous composition used are stored, has a unique place in the history of art. The lighting of the great oven used for manufacturing these mosaics is quite a function in the Vatican. It is not often lit, because enormous quantities of the various mosaics required are kept in store.

The artist stands in front of a frame on an easel and inserts a mosaic here and a mosaic there, in the portion of the picture he is executing, as a printer inserts a type. He has the picture he is copying by his side, and consults it very carefully all the time. The Pope is constantly having one or other of the Vatican masterpieces copied for presentation, say to a cathedral in Brazil. In the atelier they show you marvellously fine designs in mosaics, especially of flowers and fruit, which are hardly to be matched even by the famous "Doves" of the Capitol Museum. The mosaics in use are kept in a sort of desks with glass lids, but otherwise very like the trays in which printers keep their type. You have more respect for a mosaic picture when you have seen one manufac tured ; you realize the enormous labour and artistic skill required.

As is well known, most of the great Italian churches have some glorious paintings by the great masters ; but all the great pictures in Rome would not be too many for decorating the altars of St. Peter s, and even with the pictures which belonged to various other churches, but were sent to the Pope by mistake when the sculptures which Napoleon had taken from him were restored from the Louvre by the pressure of the English after the


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battle of Waterloo, there were not nearly enough of the highest class and largest size for the adequate decoration of St. Peter s. So the walls above the altars of St. Peter s are not decorated with oil paintings, but with the finest possible mosaic copies of them, each of which has taken from five to twenty years to make. The mosaic copies as pictures could not hope to rival the originals by painters like Raffaelle, but in some ways they are superior for the purpose they fulfil. In the first place they can be left open to the light : instead of the sunshine injuring them, in a matter of five hundred years or upwards, it improves them ; and so St. Peter s has none of the unsightly curtains which disfigure other churches. Instead, all its great pictures enter into the general scheme of decoration ; and though isolated panels of mosaics cannot, like those of Monreale and S. Sofia at Constantinople, give the effect of the jewelled paradise described in the Revelation, the glitter of the mosaics of St. Peter s is the crowning note in that pageant of flashing marbles.

In St. Peter s also, thanks to the mosaics, one has, not only reproductions of the world s greatest pictures which belong to the Pope, and could have been used in the absence of mosaics, but also of the world s masterpieces in other cities, notably Florence.

The most ambitious work of the Mosaic Factory of the Vatican is the mosaic-lined chapel under the choir of S. Lorenzo fuori le Mura, where Pius IX. lies buried. But I have always thought that the deficiencies of the modern mosaicists, compared with the great mosaic masters of the Middle Ages, are more apparent where they are working from independent designs in this chapel than where they are making incredibly perfect


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copies of oil paintings. The Mosaic Factory is entered from the far left-hand corner of the courtyard of S. Damaso, which you approach by the State Staircase on the right as you enter the Bronze Door. The per- mcssi for entering it are obtained from the Maggiordomo, Monsignor Hislcti, or his secretary, whose office is at the top of these steps, before eleven in the morning. The factory takes commissions from outside ; many churches have pictures from it. Those who have orders are allowed to see all the very interesting processes of the manufacture.

Another Vatican industry is the weaving of tapestries. Here, also, the atelier is allowed to take commissions from outside.


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THE so-called tapestries of Raffaelle are by some considered to be his masterpieces. Not by any means all of the tapestries hung in the Galleria degli Arazzi were designed by him. It is said that the designs which come from his hand were originally intended for the Scriptural panels in his Loggie, but that Leo X. had ten of them converted to this use.

From the ten cartoons drawn by Raffaelle in 1515 and 1516, and executed in tapestry at Brussels, seven were purchased in Flanders by Charles the First of England, and are now in the South Kensington Museum. Baedeker says that the cost of weaving the whole ten tapestries came to seven hundred pounds,* though

  • But a note of Prof. Lanciani, inferior to no one as an authority upon Rome,

in his recently published work, " The Golden Days of the Renaissance in Rome," entirely dispels this picture :

" A MS. volume in Prince Chigi s library, marked H. ii. 22, containing notes on the reconstruction of St. Peter s, collected by order of Pope Alexander VII., shows the following entry under the date, June 15, 1515: The Reverenda Fabbrica di San Pietro to pay 300 ducats by order of Bernardo Bibbiena, Cardinal of Santa Maria in Portico, to Raffaele da Urbino, on account of the Cartoons for the Tapestries, which are to be forwarded to Flanders. Another sum of 134 ducats is registered on December 20, 1516, to the same purpose. The drawing of the cartoons must have required at least nineteen months of work, and yet the artist received only 434 ducats in remuneration. As regards the tapestries themselves, Vasari and Baldinucci pretend to establish their cost at seventy thousand scudi ; the author of the Vita di Raffaele at sixty ; Cardinal Pallavicino at fifty : all quite wide of the truth, because Paride de Grassi, the Pope s diarist, on the first day they were exhibited in the Sistine Chapel, entered their cost at two thousand scudi each,"


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before they were injured they must have been amongst the most beautiful tapestries ever executed. It is not surprising that they are damaged, for they have had more than their share of vicissitudes. They have been unlucky from the very beginning. They were first hung on the walls of the Sistine Chapel below the paintings of the great fifteenth-century masters in 1519 ; and had only been there eight years before they were torn off the walls in the sack of Rome by the Imperial Army under the Constable de Bourbon, and carried away. They were not recovered for twenty-six years. In 1798 the French seized them and sold them to a Genoese Jew, and it was another ten years before they were repurchased by Pius VII.

They are now hung in a gallery adjoining the Galleria dei Candelabri and are shown on Wednesdays. No order is necessary, but as those who are only in Rome for a short time have not always a Wednesday left tree, these glorious tapestries are a good deal neglected.

And glorious they are beyond dispute ; even now, when they are injured, their colouring is rich and exquisite, and in them Raffaelle reached his highest point in combining dignity with simplicity sublimity with obviousness.

Their dignity, their majesty, their beauty, are beyond dispute, and if we except the beards which were, I sup pose, ordinary in that fantastic age, the figures are as natural as if they had been taken by instantaneous photography.

The figure of Our Lord in the tapestry of the Calling

of St. Peter must be reckoned with His figure in Masaccio s

Render unto Caesar," in the Carmine at Florence, and

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as the three noblest conceptions in painting of the Son of God. Marvellous are the pathos, the humanity, and the wisdom in the Divine Countenance. It is hard to dispute the dictum of those who pronounce this wonderfully beautiful and majestically meditative figure, Raffaelle s masterpiece. The truthfulness of type in the disciples must also be acknowledged. They would be Salvationists to-day. You can see their good ness, their sympathy, their ardour, and in the back ground all the gentle picturesqueness, not of Palestine, but of Umbria.

In the Miraculous Draught of Fishes, the absurdities are miraculous. The cranes stand almost touching the boats ; the boats are full of sea-fishes : they are not large enough to hold one man, let alone three. Your taste is not offended ; it is not a real fishing scene : the accessories are a mere stage for the six figures, five of which are sublime.

Hardly any of the tapestries appeal more widely to the world than that of St. Peter healing the paralytic at the beautiful gate of the Temple. But the exquisite architectural conception of this picture is said to pour- tray no gate and no temple, but the porch of the Old St. Peter s, founded by Constantine the Great, which Raffaelle, the lover of antiquities, was privileged to pre-decease. He died before it was torn down by ruthless hands, after he had, in one of the finest and most poetical of his works, caught its immortal grace and imprisoned it in art. This is perhaps the most beautiful of the tapestries, though not the best.

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of imagination, we are fellow-citizens of the Romans ere the old religion had begun to pass, giving place to new. If the ruins of Pompeii were suddenly recalled into existence as the dry bones in the Vision of Ezekiel were clothed with flesh, scenes such as these would be before our eyes. And there must be added the Areopagus, unconvincing in its architecture, but with the most devout figure in the whole of art claiming our attention in the centre. In the corner is that wonder ful fair woman whose image is so stamped upon his masterpieces that we know, without any superscription of biographers, what she must have been in his life.

The Death of Ananias ; St. Paul in Prison, at Philippi during an earthquake ; the Stoning of Stephen; the Massacre of the Innocents (with its wonderful woman s head) ; and the Conversion of St. Paul, are the other tapestries from designs completed by Raffaelle. Tradition has it that the designs of his pupils for the other tapestries were in part due to him, but it is difficult to believe this. That the Christ personating a gardener, whose divinity is shown by the halo behind His hat, should be a conception of Raffaelle is incredible, though the gorgeous background and the charming Etruscan tomb might have been due to his suggestion. The Adoration of the Magi, however especially in its treat ment of the Virgin is so beautiful that Raffaelle may well have inspired it. In most of the other tapestries there is some feature which jars, such as the grotesque- ness in the Ascension, of which the colours are lovely ; or the jumpiness and gaudiness of the figure in the Resur rection, which has such a beautiful city background. But I must not criticize in detail ; indeed, I am not com petent to do so. I only call upon the visitor to Rome


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not to miss this gallery so seldom open where he passes down between walls hung with some of the most majestic and human of the figures of Raffaelle. It is delightful to let one s eyes rest on walls so mellow with the gentle fading of rich colours, and to picture the Sistine Chapel when these arrases hung down to the marble pavement from the frescoes of Ghirlandajo, Pinturicchio, Perugino, and Sandro Botticelli, while they were as fresh and perfect as the frescoes in the Library of the Cathedral of Siena. It is wonderful how the figures of Raffaelle stand out in these tapestries ; they are almost like friends who come up and speak to one as one enters the gallery.

A word must be said for an art whose significance we are only j ust beginning to grasp : that of the designer of the little pictures which border great pictures, or, tangled in arabesques, are the sole ornament of a wall. We call these Pompeian, denying that Rome was the mother of any art but that of mosaic inlayers like the Cosmati. But when we look at the little tapestry pictures woven from the designs of Giovanni da Udine here, and his little frescoes and his reliefs in stucco in the Loggie of the Vatican and the vaults of the Villa Madama, we must allow them to be among the most beautiful productions of the art of his period, and since his inspiration came from the newly unearthed and yet undimmed arabesques in the Baths of Titus, we must allow the inspiration taken from ancient Rome to be Roman. The miniature art of Giovanni da Udine in painting is suggestive of the miniature art which Mino da Fiesole showed in his borders of sculpture. This Gallery of the Arazzi gives us delightful glimpses of this too little appreciated painter, who died in the


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same year as Michel Angelo and survived Raffaelle by half a century.


Adjoining the Gallena degli Arazzi is the Galleria dei Candelabri. This is a beautiful chamber, appro priately named, appropriately decorated, appropriately arranged. Leo XIII. had it newly decorated. There are many beautiful pieces of statuary in it, but I shall not attempt to discriminate between them here. I only pause to say that this is a gallery which no one should miss. The beautiful candclabri, with their exquisite bas-reliefs many of them dating from ancient Roman times -are so charmingly displayed ; and the room has wonderful vases of the choicest marbles and forms. The room has evidently been as much con sidered as the precious objects stored in it. In many ways it reminds one of some of the halls in the Villa Borghese, which do not look like portions of a museum at all, but like chambers in a rich man s house, in which the pieces have been chosen from the point of view of decorativeness. The ceiling is painted with incidents in the Pontificate of Leo XIII. and his favourite St. Thomas Aquinas, by the hands of the artist Seitz, who restored the famous Borgia Apartments ; and the pave ment is also due to the late Pope s munificence.


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by a Bishop of Alatri in the days when he was a Dominican friar, Ignazio Dante, and painted by his brother, Antonio. The ceiling was painted by Tempesta, but neither it nor the maps are of a character to make you regret very much that you are unlikely to get leave to go into it.


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THE ordinary entrance to the Vatican is that known as the Bronze Doors at the end of the right hand colon nade round tin- Piazza of St. Peter s. This colonnade was the masterpiece of Bernini, one of the few classical works of the baroque period which really achieved their purpose of rivalling the glories of ancient Rome. The megalomania from which Bernini and his master suffered could not ruin this as it ruined most of his other works, tor immensity is the chief element in its majestic beauty.

\Vorthv of proceeding from such a temple of the gods is the hill of stone called the Scala Regia the Royal Staircase, which leads from the entrance to the Sala Regia, the Royal Hall. The 1 staircase, too (one of the finest in the world), is Bernini s work, and when car pi-ted and hung with crimson and lit with the huge gilt wall-piece candelabri, which can still be seen as you go to the Leonine Chapel, it formed a most appropriate setting to the brilliant pageants which used to pass up it when the Pope was holding high court.

The Sala Regia, from which you enter the Sistine Chapel, the Sala Ducale, the Paoline Chapel, and the Leonine Chapel, is a fine, well-proportioned, brilliantly- coloured chamber, built by Antonio da Sangallo, one



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of the architects of St. Peter s. But its gigantic pictures do not rise above the level of good wall-paper. They represent various triumphs of the Catholic Faith, such as the Battle of Lepanto, by Vasari ; the Absolution of the Emperor Henry IV., by Gregory VII., after his sub mission at Canossa, the work of the Zuccheri ; the Triumph of the Church in the Massacre of St. Bartholo mew, by Vasari ; the Benediction of Frederick Barbarossa, by Alexander III. at Venice, painted by Giuseppe della Porta ; and the removal of the Papacy from Avignon under Gregory XI. The ceiling was painted by Pierino del Vaga.

The Sala Regia derives its name from being used by the Pope to receive the ambassadors of foreign Kings.

At one end of the Sala Regia is the Cappella Paolina, built in 1540, also by Antonio da Sangallo ; it, too, con tains frescoes by Federigo Zucchero good examples of that master. It is used for great ceremonies like those of Holy Week. It is very difficult for the tourist to get admission to this chapel ; it can only be done through one of the priests attached to it, or by attending one of the lectures which, once or twice in the season, Mrs. Beaufort is allowed by the Vatican authorities to give on this group of chapels. And the Paoline Chapel is well worth visiting, because it contains two undoubted frescoes by Michel Angelo, of which Kugler, quoted by Hare, says : " Two excellent frescoes, executed by Michel Angelo on the side wall of the Paoline Chapel, are little cared for, and are so much blackened by the smoke of lamps that they are seldom mentioned. The Crucifixion of St. Peter, under the large window, is in a most unfavourable light, but is distinguished for its grand, severe composition. That on the opposite wall


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the Conversion of St. Paul is still tolerably distinct. The long train of his soldiers is seen ascending in the background. Christ, surrounded by a host of angels, bursts upon his sight from the storm-flash. Paul lies stretched on the ground, a noble and finely-developed form. His followers fly on all sides or are struck motion less by the thunder. The arrangement of the groups is excellent, and some of the single figures are very dig nified ; the composition has, moreover, a principle of order and repose, which, in comparison with the Last Judgment, places the picture in a very favourable light. If there are any traces of old age to be found in these works, they are at most discoverable in the execution of details." And Sir A. H. Layard, in the revised edition of Kugler, says: " In 1549-1550, when seventy-five years old, Michael Angelo executed two frescoes in the Pauline Chapel in the Vatican. They have been utterly neglected, and so much effaced by the smoke of candles, as to be almost forgotten. The Crucifixion of St. Peter under the window, though seen with difficulty, is a grand and stern composition. The Conversion of St. Paul on the opposite wall is better seen." The ordinary visitor is not inspired with the same enthusiasm about these frescoes. Daniele di Volterra, the pupil of Michel Angelo who finished them, in touching up St. Paul s face forgot that he must have been a young man at his conversion, and gave him the grey beard and narrow forehead of Michel Angelo s Moses a too sincere form of flattery. But the upper part of the Conversion of St. Paul is magnificent. The long narrow chapel is gracefully proportioned, and the plaster reliefs are unusually elegant for Rome, though not at all equal to the exquisite reliefs of the Sicilian Serpotta, the prince


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of workers in plaster. There is a pathetic little passage about these frescoes in Duppa s Life of Michael Angelo " : " Near to the Chapel of Sixtus, in the Vatican, Antonio da San Gallo built another, by the order of Paul III., which in like manner is called after its founder, the Chapel Paolina ; and the Pope, being solicitous to render it more honourable to his name, commissioned Michael Angelo to paint the walls in fresco. Although he now began to feel he was an old man, he undertook the commission, and on the sides opposite to each other painted two large pictures, representing the Conversion of St. Paul and the Crucifixion of St. Peter. These pictures, he said, cost him great fatigue, and in their process declared himself sorry to find that fresco paint ing was not an employment for his years ; he therefore petitioned His Holiness that Perino del Vaga might finish the ceiling from his designs, which was to be decorated with painting and stucco ornaments ; but this part of the work was not afterwards carried into execution."

On the way up to the Leonine Chapel one passes through various lumber-rooms, in which are kept the sumptuous gold candle-brackets designed by Bernini for the Scala Regia, and various tabernacles, and so on, for use in processions, designed by him, all rather florid and baroque, but good for large effects. The Leonine Chapel, called also the Cappella della Beatificazione, and the Aula Dei, was converted into a chapel by Leo XIII. ; it adjoins the Gallery of St. Peter s, into which it opens on the right-hand side, while the windows on the left-hand side look out on to the Piazza. It was the custom of the Popes, until they lost their temporal sovereignty and ceased to appear outside the Vatican,

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to bless the people from one of the windows of this chapel on their election. The blessing is now delivered from the gallery to the people assembled in St. Peter s. This Chapel of the Beatification has for its special functions the canonizations and beatifications of Saints. The decorations of the chapel are common-place and not very high art. Most of the room is white, but the pilasters and ceiling arc 1 picked out richly with gilt. The whole effect is more that of a hall in a noble man s palace than of a chapel. Do not look at the gilt and white cornice and gilt and white ceiling of St. Peter s from the gallery, although they are >aid to have been designed by Kall aelle. The cherubs, especially, need to be seen from the floor of the basilica, where distance gives them the requisite enchantment.

One does not regret the shortcomings of this chapel, which is the interior of the gallerv over the portico of St. Peter s, and hides all tin- beauty of the dome wlx-n you an- in the Pia//a , an architectural excres cence, erected by Maderna for Paul V., that should never have been permitted , because it \vill save an artistic Pope, who ha> the courage of his convictions, anv qualms about taking it down and allowing the L, r loriou^ dome to be properlv seen.

The Sistine Chapel, which leads off from the Sala Rrgia, need not be described here : it is one of the first places visited by everyone who goes to Rome.

Opposite to the entrance of the Sistine Chapel is the entrance to the Sala Ducale a low narrow corridor through which the Pope is carried in his Sedia Gestatoria for the great ceremonies in the Sistine Chapel, and formerly used for audiences to foreign princes. Once when I was passing through it there were Papal Guards



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being drilled in it. Its decorations are among the worst in the Vatican. Its ceiling is divided half-way up the room by an arch, designed by Bernini out of the bodies of two overgrown cherubs, and plaster curtains ; and just under the ceiling the walls are decorated with a series of frescoes by a Fleming, called Paul Brill or Bril, who flourished in the last part of the sixteenth and the first part of the seventeenth century.

In the Sala Ducale we get a couple of familiar glimpses of the great Montaigne. In the " Journal of his Travels," translated by Mr. W. G. Waters for Mr. John Murray, we read : " Thence he went down to the Vatican to inspect the statues set in the niches of the Belvedere, and the fine gallery, now almost completed, which the Pope is adorning with paintings of all parts of Italy. He lost his purse and all therein, and deemed this must have happened while he was giving alms as he did twice or thrice ; the weather was very rainy and un pleasant, and, instead of returning his purse to his pocket, he must have thrust it into the slashings of his hose. At this time he diverted himself entirely in studying Rome. He had at first engaged a Frenchman as guide, but this fellow took himself off in some ridiculous humour, whereupon M. de Montaigne prided himself on mastering by his own efforts the art of a guide. In the evening he would study ceitain books and maps, and next day repair to the spot and put in practice his apprenticeship, so that in a few days he could have shown his guide the way."

It is to be noted that though the journal of Montaigne speaks of him in the third person, it was dictated by himself to his valet. Other parts of the journal are written in the first person.

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At the end of the Sala Ducale you come to the Pope s private tapestry rooms, which are back to back with the Borgia Apartments. There are two rooms, and the tapestries in the lirst are claimed by the Vatican authorities to be among the most valuable in the world. They fall into three lots. There are four large pieces with the arms of Paul 111., the Farnese Pope (1534 1549 , which have glorious colouring almost as rich as a picture of Ghirlandajo. Their subjects are Esther and Ahasuerus " ; " The Judgment of Solomon " ; " The Story of Susannah " ; and " Joseph and his Brethren." Their titles are written under them. The richness of the tapestries is almost inconceivable.

On the window wall there are two tapestries not so good, one of them an Annunciation, which reminds you of a picture of Federigo Baroccio in the Vatican (iallery ; the other is an Assumption.

On the wall to the right of the doorway where you go in is a tapestry which the custodc claims to be the finest in the world. But to me it did not seem so good as the large Farnese tapestries mentioned above ; it is mounted on a frame, because 1 the late Pope always had it placed over the altar while he was saying Mass. It is executed from a Crucifixion, rather in the ninnner of IVrugino, but spoilt by a touch of modernity. How ever, one must not be too critical over a work of art which was the inspiration of so great a man as Leo XIII.

Over the doors hang other tapestries which, the custodc says, have been valued at over a million francs each that is, {"40,000. To me they did not appear so good as the tapestries of the same period which Mr. Joseph Whitaker, of Palermo, bought for less than a tenth of the price less than ten years ago. The custode


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did not seem to understand much about the tapestries, and I think he was more influenced by pride in his charge than by knowledge of it.

A door at the end of the chamber admits you into a second chamber, of which the walls are covered with the tapestries of his betrothal and marriage, presented by Louis XIV. of France to the then Pope. Here dine the fourteen officers of the Swiss Guard, and here Cardinal Merry del Val, the Pope s Secretary of State, gives his state dinners. All the dinners are given on that long green baize table with a red silk valence, which makes such an effective feature in the room s scheme of colour. Privates and non-commissiond officers dine below in the Belvedere.

The marriage tapestry bears the inscription : The ceremony of the marriage of Louis XIV., King of France and Navarre, with the Most Serene Infante, Marie Therese of Austria, eldest daughter of Philip IV. of Spain." Louis and his wife are almost smothered in blue robes powdered with fleur-dc-lys.

Smaller tapestries separate this and the betrothal tapestry from the great tapestry on the end wall, repre senting the Baptism of Our Lord by John the Baptist. It has a lovely high, rich colouring, though the drawing is rather banal. In this room the Pope vests himself when he is going to officiate in a ceremony, under the baldachin, with all the Cardinals round him. The room is really a sort of annexe of the Borgia Apart ments.

The ceiling of 1576 has in its centre a picture of the Pentecost, by Domenichino. Over the door is the name of Urban VIII., the Barberini Pope, in whose time, I suppose, the apartment was decorated. The whole


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effect of both these rooms is very rich. The room opens out into the long, crimson-upholstered smoking- room of the Cardinals, which has lounges along its walls like a Tunisian guard-room. Zola says that the Louis Ouatorze tapestries are from designs by Audran.

If you have one of the Vatican servants with you, ask them to take you out through the Loggia of Giovanni da Udine. instead of returning the same way. Udine, a fellow-worker with Kaffaelle, lived i4cS/-i564, and he derived the inspiration for the decoration of the Loggia from the then newly-discovered Baths of Titus, which were wonderfully fresh and bright when they were first exhumed.

They are chiefly arabesques of the style we call I ompeian ; and constantly repeated in them vou have the curious figure which occurs again and again in the glorious stuccoes on the tombs of the Valerii on the Latin YYav : that of a woman riding a sea-serpent or dragon with a horse s head.

The Loggia of Giovanni da Udine is below Kaffaelle s Loggie and brings you out into the Court of S. Damaso, almost opposite to the entrance to the Pope s private apartments.


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THE Vatican is full of treasures unsuspected by the sight-seer, such as the Farnese Tapestries and the Trea sury of the Sistine Chapel. So little is the latter known, that neither Baedeker, Murray, Macmillan, nor Chand lery mention it. But it is more interesting than the Treasury of St. Peter s, because it is far more intimately connected with the Pope. The reason for the silence is that so few people have been permitted to see it. Its existence is practically a secret. You are shown over it by Don Giacomo, one of the Augustinian brothers who have charge of the Paoline Chapel, and from whom the Pope s Sacrist is always taken. Leave having been obtained from the Papal authorities, you go to summon him in the little house occupied by the brothers at the back of the Loggia, frescoed by Giovanni da Udine, which is under Raffaelle s Loggia. The door is always shut, but over it there is a square hatch about twelve or fifteen feet from the ground, and when you knock a smiling person puts his head out of it and talks in the Roman dialect to you. This is the cook of the brothers, who, after proper explanations, summons Don Giacomo.

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Pompeian frescoes by a painter named Bril or Roll - Paul Brill, a Fleming, who died in 1626- and its still poorer plaster arch by Bernini, into the Sala Regia. Bernini s areh is made of the bodies of cherubs. The Sala Regia is huge and has huge frescoes of such subjects as the P>attle of Lepanto. The colouring remind- you of the Duchess who is an artist and goes in for high living and high thinking it is high rather than rich, and the painters have failed to invest the Ircscoes with any elegance. Rome abounds with vast sixteenth-century buildings, and their principal halls are apt to be given up to the Battle of Lepanto. One can set? how the Battle of Lepanto woke Europe In >m the nightmare of a conquest by the Turks. The door opposite to the Sala Ducale admits to the Sistine ( hapel. You puss through the exquisite white marble screen ol Mino da 1-iesoie without looking at its lovely arabesques or gilded bars ; you do not raise your eyes to the celling of Michel Angelo, though it is one of the wonders of the world. You do not glance right or left at the; frescoes of Pinturicchio and Perugino, Sandro Botticelli and Ghirlandajo, though you thread your way between a hundred people who are straining their eyes over the faded glories. You may cast an eye on the tumultuous assemblage which Michel Angelo con ceived to be the Last Judgment, and which Daniele da Volterra was commissioned to provide with clothes, be cause- you are admitted through a hole in its bottom blocked by a door which is kept always locked. Then, after a ramble through various anterooms and upstairs, you arrive at the Treasury, which fills several rooms. In the first is kept one of the greatest treasures, the grand old linen lace robe, overpoweringly heavy, worn


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in 1298 by Boniface VIII., the Caetani Pope. Though this is the oldest object in the collection, the Caetani are still the premier family in the Roman nobility. In the same case is kept a gold brooch several inches in diameter, with three golden and pearl bosses, made in the shape of a Papal tiara, presented to the Pope in 1888 to hold his cope together. All round this room, at the backs of the treasure cases, are hung the splendid gold embroideries which the Grand Duke of Tuscany gave to Clement VIII. In a drawer below are kept Pius IX. s white full-dress shoes, heavily embroidered with gold, with four diamonds and a large emerald in the centre. They seem to be copied from the Rostrum in the Forum. Here, too, you see the exquisite collec tion of robes of all the famous kinds of lace, Genoese, Venetian, English, Irish, and so on, one of the most superb being the robe of Venetian point worn by the Pope for the first time at the recent consecration of fifteen French Bishops.

The most extraordinary object in the room is the tall hat of red velvet, edged with gold brocade, shaped like a Japanese Daimio s hat, which the Pope used to send to favoured individuals, though none have been sent since 1837 the Cappello Ducale. It has a pearl and gold tiara at the top. In this chamber or the next is the tiara worn by Pius VII. in his captivity, when Napoleon had deprived him of all his jewels. It is made of cloth of silver stretched over paper or leather, like all the other tiaras, but instead of being encrusted with magnificent gems, it is decorated with films of precious stones as thin as paper, with a backing of tinsel. Don Giacomo calls it all paper, so as to make the most of the rigours of the captivity at Savona and


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Fontainebleau. The whole room is given up to gorgeous robes for Mass, some of the crimson robes, heavily embroidered with bullion, being absolutely lovely. In each case is kept a suite for the Cardinals who assist the Pope at the Mass, as well as for the Pope himself. The most peculiar objects are the Pope s stockings, which look like the loose beef-boots worn by the French- Canadians in the backwoods, only that they are made of crimson silk embroidered with gold. If Popes wore trousers they would go inside their stockings easily. Perhaps I should convey my meaning more clearly if I said that these full-dress Papal stockings were as wide as the mackintosh bottoms which London police men wear over their trousers in wet weather. The Pope has red shoes to match, made like Pius IX. s, but about two inches longer. They cannot lit, because the gloves of the suite, which are exactly like ladies riding gauntlets, also of crimson and gold, only look about six-and-a-halfs. Some zealots from Spain have also sent the Pope pairs of marvellously embroidered green satin shoes, and white satin shoes, quite irre spective of size. They would have done for Goliath, but are very gorgeous. It is a very odd thing that the shoes of the Pope and of Hadrian s courtiers on the Rostrum in the Forum are of the same rude latchet pattern which were worn by working-men in Fngland right into the nineteenth century. The likeness is, of course, accidental ; the one being due to coarseness and cheapness, and the other to the preservation of an archaic type. In the case adjoining are two robes presented to Leo XIII. for his Jubilee one of a lace of very fine silk braid, the other of fine silver and gold net. There is yet another of crimson silk, embroidered with real


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pearls, given by the Roman ladies, but the pearls are of the nouveau art grade.

Here, too, is the beautiful altar-front, of cloth of silver embroidered with gold, which is always laid on the altar in front of the Pope when he is celebrating at great functions.

The most peculiar things of all are the Cardinals robes, made of cloth of gold and black silk, which look like shot-brown silk. These they wear at a Mass for a dead Pope. The living Pope, for the time being, wears crimson ; it would not be right for him to wear mourn ing. One large armoire is full of gorgeous cushions, mostly of rich white silk embroidered with gold, for the Pope to kneel on.

Then you go into another room, and, passing a large collection of stoles enriched with beautifully-painted miniatures of Saints, come to the glass case which con tains the famous Golden Rose. The Golden Rose is a complete rose-bush, a foot and a half high, with about a dozen blossoms of heavy, clumsy, not very well-made or natural roses ; but the foliage is of thin gold leaf, like the garlands found in Etruscan tombs. The bush stands in a rich, odd-shaped, silver-gilt vase, as quaint as the vases of Tunis, two feet high. It is always kept here as the sample from which the Pope can order a copy on the very rare occasions when he wishes to bestow 4< the Golden Rose," as our King bestows the Order of the Garter." The last person who received it is said to have been an American woman who had given two million dollars to the Pope.

The queer little silver boxes, mostly with conical tops, inscribed ol., like chemists jars, contain the chrism for (i) the sick ; (2) catechumens ; and (3) confirmation.


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c The Pope s tiaras are made of cloth of silver stretched over some stiff substance. They are twelve or fifteen inches high, surrounded by three crowns of golden leaves rather like arum leaves, each with a costly gem in the centre, coming out of a band three-quarters of an inch wide, thickly studded with magnificent gems. There are two visible here, the present Pope s and Pio Nono s. Each is surmounted by a blue enamelled ball, like the ball of St. Peter s, and a little diamond cross. Tiaras have strings like Glengarry caps. Here is kept the Venetian point robe given to Leo XII. for his Jubilee.

In this room is kept the faded scarlet hat worn by Pius VII. at Fontainebleau in his captivity, which has a long inscription devoted to it.

The first object which strikes you in the next room is a magnificent processional cross, seven feet high, made of silver gilt, adorned with figures, enamelling, etc., pre sented by the late Marquess of Bute. Here, too, is kept the magnificent silver-gilt altar service given by Queen Victoria to Leo XIII. for his Jubilee. Close by is a model of the famous Cellini brooch of gold, five inches in diameter, with a large diamond in the centre a cope brooch. A Princess Corsini gave her wedding train, made of crimson velvet with gold embroidery,

  • "Now they built the Vatican for their habitation, and speedily launched out

into all the magnificence of the most magnificent earthly court. Their tem poral territory was very small.it is true ; but in the palmy days of the Middle Ages they held undisputed spiritual sway over the whole of Europe ; they drew their enormous revenues from every Christian land under the sun, and they made Kings to tremble beneath their frown, and nations to quake under their excommunication. Thus it came to pass that the Pontifical tiara was sur rounded by a royal crown, sparkling with the mast precious gems, to which Boniface the Superb (1294-1303) added a second, and the haughty Frenchman, Benedict XII. (1334-1342), a third, until the triple mitre, or Trircgno, became the symbol of the greatest power the world has ever seen." Silvagni ("LaCorte e la Societ^ Romana nei XVIII. e XIX. secoli"; translated by Frances Mac- laughlin).


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to the Pope for his exhibition. You live in an atmo sphere of crimson silk and gold embroidery here. In this room are some wonderful pictures woven in silk. In an alcove opposite, fourteen feet by ten, are about twenty of the robes worn by the Pope on his Throne on the Sedia Gestatoria ; each contains twenty-five metres of silk. They are about seven feet long, so they have to hang very high, but they are quite light compared with the embroidered copes.

There are said to be seventy rooms of plate. Every thing here is plate, except Boniface VIII. s lace robe. This is because Napoleon carried off all the Vatican treasures and only returned the church plate. The gems and gold and other jewellery disappeared.

Here I must point out the finger of Fate. When Paul III. was building the Sacristy, he came across the tomb of the Empresses Maria and Thermantia, the two wives of Honorius ; their bodies were intact, and they still wore their pearl robes, and were surrounded by many costly feminine trinkets. Paul, one of the least saintly of the Popes, was feverishly building St. Peter s to take the place of children as his posterity. He was vulgar enough to melt down the gold, forty pounds in weight, which he applied to the building, but he kept the gems and put them in his tiara. Napoleon cared nothing for Paul III. s tiara ; it was broken up too, whereas if they had been left in the Empresses jewels, Napoleon would certainly have preserved them as wonders of the world, and they would have found their way back to the Vatican. Paul s own tomb, too, in St. Peter s as if in retribution has felt the hand of the spoiler ; two of its statues are gone. There is nothing by Benvenuto Cellini in the Sistine Treasury, and there


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are very few other grand monstrances or crosses, but some of those in the Pitti Palace may have come from here, because the Papal plate there is so very splendid. It is a curious change to pass from this silent treasury of the dead Popes back into the Sistine Chapel, where you see a Roman crowd without a Roman in it, and are deafened by earth s many languages.


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I AM not going to give a detailed account of the mag nificent and imposing Sacristy of St. Peter s, because it is open to anyone who cares to give the Sacristan a small fee. Nothing is more surprising to the un- travelled Englishman than the way in which anyone who is not absolutely disreputable is allowed to stray into the sacristies of Italian churches and cathedrals, even when they are being used by robing and unrobing priests. The sacristy is almost as open to the public as the church itself. But I should be wrong if I did not point out briefly certain objects in the Sacristy of St. Peter s which no one should omit to see. It is entered by a door in the left aisle ; you go along an im portant-looking passage, where you imagine that you must be trespassing, until you reach the splendid octa gonal Sagrestia Commune, embellished with fluted marble columns from Hadrian s Villa. Four minor chambers lead off this : the Sagrestia dei Canonici, leading into the Stanza Capitolare that is, the Chapter House, on the left; and on the right the Sagrestia dei Beneficiati, leading into the Treasury. In the Chapter House are the only valuable paintings left in St. Peter s namely, the panels executed by Giotto for the Confessio of Old


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St. Peter s, and fourteen pieces of the celebrated frescoes by Melozzo da Foiii, which were formerly, with some other pieces now in the Quirinal, in the cupola of the Church of SS. Apostoli. It must be remembered that until the loss of their temporal power the Popes had the Quirinal for their summer palace, so there is no thing unnatural in their sending to each palace part of the frescoes taken down in the rebuilding of the Church of SS. Apostoli. These frescoes of Melozzo da Forli consist of angels playing musical instruments, and heads of the Apostles. The angels are perhaps the most beautiful figures among all the paintings of Rome. They are very spirited and exquisitely lovely, and Melozzo is such a rare and magnificent master that no opportunity should be lost of examining his work. There are also a few pictures of later painters of note. The traveller should not fail to note the glorious Oriental alabaster in the Sacristy ; hardly anywhere will he see pieces of such singular beauty. The Treasury of St. Peter s is not so interesting as the Treasury of the Sistine Chapel, for the Popes, since 1870, have used the latter so much more intimately than the former ; but there are certain objects of great beauty and interest in the St. Peter s Treasury. The most beautiful, perhaps, are the silver- gilt candlesticks sculptured by Benvenuto Cellini, which are used for the Papal Altar of St. Peter s upon great occasions. They are not examples of Cellini s most deli cate handiwork, of which there are far liner examples in the Pitti Palace at Florence ; but one does not know how much of the best Cellini work at the Pitti ought not by rights to be in the Vatican. Michel Angelo, also, is said to be responsible for the designs of the candelabra in the Treasury. Here, too, notice the beautiful chalice deco-


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rated with precious stones, which was given by the last of the Stuarts, the Cardinal of York, who was Cardinal Priest of St. Peter s for more than half a century. What is vulgarly called the Dalmatic of Charlemagne, and should be called the Dalmatic of San Leone, i.e., St. Leo III., who crowned this monarch, is, writes Hare, said to have been embroidered at Constantinople for the coronation of Charlemagne as Emperor of the West. But it is a production, in any case, of the Byzantine artists in their best period. The Holy Roman Emperors used to wear it while serving as deacons at the Pope s Altar during their Coronation Mass. " It was," says Lord Lindsay, in his "Christian Art," "in this dalmatic then semee all over with pearls and glittering with freshness that Cola di Rienzi robed himself over his armour in the Sacristy of St. Peter s, and then ascended to the Palace of the Popes, after the manner of the Caesars, with sounding trumpets and his horsemen follow ing him his truncheon in his hand, and his crown on his head." According to Lord Lindsay, the Saviour in glory is represented on the breast ; the Transfigura tion on the back, and Christ administering the Eucharist to the Apostles on the shoulders. It is quite stiff, almost like the hauberk of a knight, and not by any means so rusty or threadbare as one would expect. Here, too, are a ciborium by Donatello, and the Cross of the Emperor Justin, with whom Pope Hormisdas had the dramatic scene at the gates of Old St. Peter s. The tiara of dull silver kept here belongs, not to the Pope, but to the miraculous image of St. Peter, whose foot is kissed by so many thousands annually in the nave of the cathedral. I have been unable to obtain definite information as to which tiara is alluded to by Hare in

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the following passage : " In the Papal tiara are set some of the jewels robbed in 1544 from the tomb and person of Maria, the wife of Honorius, daughter of Stilicho. Originally the Popes were only crowned with a low Phrygian mitre decorated with two peacock s feathers, to which was added a single circlet of gold. Benedict XI. (sic)* (at Avignon) (perhaps Boniface VIII.) added a second circlet, and Urban V. a third. The peacock s feathers are of good omen, the llesh of this bird, accord ing to S. Augustine, being held to be incorruptible."

The attendants say that these jewels were carried off by the French and never returned. Paul III. s treat ment of the mausoleum of the wives of Honorius, when it was discovered in extending the foundations for the now cathedral, moves the indignation of even an ardent Roman Catholic like Mr. Marion Crawford : In ex tending the foundations of the church, Paul the Third came upon the bodies of Maria and Hermania (sic), the two wives of Honorius, the Emperor who disestablished paganism in favour of Christianity. They were sisters, daughters of Stilicho, and had been buried in their imperial robes, with many rich objects and feminine trinkets ; and they were found intact, as they had been buried, in the month of February, 1543. Forty pounds of line gold were taken from their robes alone, says Baracconi, without counting all the jewels and trinkets, among which was a very beautiful lamp, besides a great number of precious stones. The Pope melted down the gold for the expenses of the building, and set the gems in a tiara, where, if they could be identified, they cer tainly exist to-day the very stones worn by Empresses of ancient Rome.

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Then, as if in retribution, the Pope s own tomb was moved from its place."

The archives of St. Peter s are kept above the Sacristy. All guide-books note, among many other manuscripts, the life of St. George, with admirable miniatures by Giotto, of which one is reproduced in this volume, page 94.

I have only touched lightly on the Sacristy and the Treasury, and their principal objects of interest, because sight-seers so often omit to visit them ; not a few because they are unaware of the courtesy with which sacristies are shown.


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COMPARATIVELY few people realize how easy it is to ascend the dome of St. Peter s, and to obtain the necessary order for the ascent, which is given at the office of the works (Reverenda Fabbrica di San Pietro, via dclla Sagrestia, No. 8, on the first floor). There seems to be no reason for the formality of getting an order ; it is given to any respectable person as a matter of course, for himself and party, not exceeding so many persons. The dome can only be visited from eight to eleven in the morning. You enter through a door by the tomb of Maria Clementina Sobieska, wife of the Pretender, which is almost opposite the monument of the last three Stuart Princes, and close to where you enter St. Peter s. The first part of the ascent is up a spiral inclined plane, and it is very easy until you get to quite the end of the ascent. Indeed, it is easy to the extent of un- interestingness until you reach the roof of the church and that part of the ascent which is performed between the outer and inner shells of the dome. The dome rises three hundred and eight feet above the roof. It is four hundred and four feet from the ground to the top of the lantern ; four hundred and thirty-five feet to the top of the cross. Its diameter is slightly less than that of the Pantheon ; and the spire of Rouen Cathedral is seventy feet higher.


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I made the ascent very early, so as to linger a long time upon the roof of the great church, with its bird s- eye view of the Vatican and its superb panorama of Rome.

There was a lady with me who firmly believed in the San Pietrini the children of St. Peter s, who are sup posed to live in houses on the roof, and who supply the steeple-jacks and the men who swing themselves about the ceiling cornices of St. Peter s, making shots at the places they want to repair until they hang on to them like birds a sight which makes you quite dizzy. These people are said to live on the roof of St. Peter s all their lives, and hardly ever to leave it, except when they go to do their marketing and when they are plying their perilous trade. I have the highest authority for declaring the whole thing to be a myth. Moreover, there are no houses on the roof of St. Peter s. I made a close examination when I was there last year. In fact, there is hardly a single building on the roof which is not an essential part of the church. That these steeple-jacks, and the men who work at a great height in the interior of St. Peter s, are the sons and grandsons and great-grandsons of men who have served St. Peter s in the same way is pretty sure to be true. For it is a business to which no one would be likely to aspire if it was not in his family and in his blood. And most of the people employed about the Vatican are apt to have a hereditary connection with it. But there are no San Pietrini living on the roof.

The roof of St. Peter s makes quite a huge Piazza. ; and the views from it over Rome are very fine, especially that which carries the eye across the Piazza of St. Peter s between Bernini s superb colonnades to the Tiber and


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the Castle of Sant Angelo, and the crowded roofs of the great city, and the blue mountains behind. Yet how this view would be enhanced if, in place of the three mean streets which lead from the Tiber to the Cathedral, we still had the colonnade, many yards long, which led up to Old St. Peter s. Perhaps some day the municipality of Rome will drive an avenue the whole width of the three streets from the river to the Piazza.

The plan of the Vatican itself is better seen from the gallery of the cupola. From it you realize the majestic size of the Pontifical Palace ; the vastness of the original Cortile of the Belvedere ; the magnificent proportions of the Cortile of San Damaso.

It is most eerie as you make the ascent to step into the gallery which runs all round the dome ; unless you have a strong head you hardly dare to look over the railings into the abyss below, where Bernini s swollen baldachin, which is nearly a hundred feet high, looks like a drawing-room clock. The mosaics of the dome look far better from the floor of the Cathedral, for which their effect was designed. Seen close to, they are coarse and flabby ; but it is easier, of course, up here to study the way which they fit in with the vast conception of St. Peter s.

In one part of the ascent you climb straight up the inner dome like a hill up steps, of course. When you come out on the gallery from which you enter the staircase up to the cupola it is highly interesting to look out on the metalled surface of the dome, which has rows of knobs used in supporting scaffolding and illuminations. The great illuminations of the old days seem to have been erected by steeple-jacks without any thought of the risks arising from the immense height.


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There was, indeed, need of a hereditary caste of San Pietrini.

Only twenty people at a time are admitted into the cupola, which is a sort of hollow copper globe approached by a ladder-like staircase. When you are inside you feel as if you are in a great copper football with the seams showing, which sways about quite disagreeably. It requires strong nerves to stand on the floor of the cupola ; you feel as if you were going to topple it over. Most people are quite glad when they get back to the little outside gallery from which they made the final ascent seen from which the exterior of the Sistine Chapel looks as plain as a packing-case.

As is well known, Michel Angelo did not conceive the dome in quite its present form ; he completed its drum and left the drawings and models for carrying it up to the lantern. The dome was actually finished thirty-six years later by Giacomo della Porta ; he changed the design of Michel Angelo, which was much lower, flatter, and heavier, like the dome of the Pantheon^ to something more after the style of Brunelleschi s beautiful dome on the Cathedral of Florence. It is considered the finest of all domes ; not only for its gigantic size, but for its perfect proportions. And it is hardly less remarkable for the feverish haste with which it was built to gratify the restless ambition of Sixtus V. " The actual dome/ says Murray, was begun on July I5th, 1588, and completed in twenty-two months. The Pope was so anxious to see it finished that he de voted a hundred thousand gold crowns annually to the work ; and employed eight hundred workmen upon it night and day."

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was inaugurating the apex of his mighty Cathedral, Philip II. of Spain was inaugurating the parallel mighty project to restore heretic England to the Catholic Church. The Spanish Armada left Ferrol for the conquest of England within a week of the com- nu ncement of the dome of St. Peter s. Sixtus and Philip were working together.

It was in the workmen s haste to complete the building that the tomb of I rban VI. was violated, as told in another chapter. They wanted a receptacle to hold water, and blandly emptied his sarcophagus.

The ascent of the dome of St. Peter s is a thing which no visitor to Rome whose health allows of it, should omit. It is so gradual that it is no great physical effort ; and the experience it has to offer one is so unique. Though the first part of the ascent is ordinary, the luM part is as curious as going down a mine : the views are astonishing, and those who are insensible to vertigo could not want a liner opportunity of testing their nerves than by looking down on the floor of the Cathedral from the highest point at which they can get a peep of the inside. Before 1870 the illumination of St. Peter s at the close of Lent used to be one of the most splendid and animated spectacles in Rome. Story has immortalized it in his " Roba di Roma."*

The first illumination is by HUMUS of paper lanterns, distributed every where along the architectural lines of the church, from the steps beneath its portico to the cross alx>vc its dome. I hese are lighted before sunset, and against the bla/e of the western light are for some time completely invisible ; but as twilight thickens, and the shadows deepen, and a grey pearly veil is drawn over the sky, the distant basilica begins to show against it with a dull furnace-glow, ;LS of a wondrous coal fanned by a constant wind, looking not so much lighted from without as reddening from an interior fire. Slowly this splendour grows, and the mighty building at last stands outlined against the dying twilight as if etched there with a fiery burin. As the sky darkens into intense bine behind it, the material part of the basilica seems to vanish, until nothing is left to the eye but a wondrous, magical, visionary structure of



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fire. This is the silver illumination : watch it well, for it does not last long. At the first hour of night, when the bells sound all over Rome, a sudden change takes place. From the lofty cross a burst of flame is seen, and instantly a flash of light whirls over the dome and drum, climbs the smaller cupolas, descends like a rain of fire down the fa9ade, and before the great bell of St. Peter s has ceased to toll twelve peals, the golden illumination has succeeded to the silver. For my own part, I prefer the first illumination ; it is more delicate, airy, and refined, though the second is more brilliant and dazzling. One is like the Bride of the Church, the other like the Empress of the World. In the second lighting, the Church becomes more material ; the flames are like jewels, and the dome seems a gigantic triple crown of St. Peter s. One effect, however, is very striking. The outline of fire, which before was firm and motionless, now wavers and shakes as if it would pass away, as the wind blows the flame back and forth from the great cup by which it is lighted. From near and far the world looks on from the Piazza, beneath, where carriages drive to and fro in its splendour, and the band plays and the bells toll from the windows and loggias of the city, wherever a view can be caught of this superb spectacle and from the Cam- pagna and mountain towns, where far away, alone and towering above every thing, the dome is seen to blaze. Everywhere are ejaculations of delight, and thousands of groups are playing the game of What is it like ? One says, it is like a hive covered by a swarm of burning bees ; others, that it is the enchanted palace in the gardens of Gul in the depths of the Arabian Nights like a gigantic tiara set with wonderful diamonds, larger than those which Sinbad found in the roc s valley like the palace of the fairies in the dreams of childhood like the stately pleasure-dome of Kubla Khan in Xanadu and twenty other whimsical things. At nearly midnight, ere we go to bed, we take a last look at it. It is a ruin, like the Colosseum great gaps of darkness are there, with broken rows of splendour. The lights are gone on one side of the dome they struggle fitfully here and there down the other and over the fa9ade, fading even as we look." From Story s " Roba di Roma," 6th edition, Chapman and Hall, 1871.


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TI:I:KK arc, as I have said, few parts of the Vatican about which the- information to be found in English books is so incomplete and incorrect as the Borgia Apartments. None of the books tell connectedly how to gain admis sion to them, and most of them describe this splendid suite, which is the official residence of the Cardinal Secretary of State, as the Mediaeval Museum of the Papacy, or the Armoury, or the Guard-Room of the Swiss Guard. What is more curious, hardly any of them make any allusion to its having been a library, though, from the days of Gregory XVI. to well on into the reign of Leo XIII., it was the Vatican Library as far as the printed books were concerned. The whole two hundred and fifty thousand of them were crowded into its narrow limits, and were so inconveniently crowded that students could not work at them properly. The walls up to the ceilings were blocked with book-cases, and the books of the various Collections, from which the great library was formed, had got hopelessly mixed as far as their source of origin was concerned, though they were arranged according to their contents.

It is difficult for anyone who visits these apartments in their present stately condition to realize that up to May, 1891, the printed books of the Vatican were all here.


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Leo XIII., the most brilliant writer in Latin of the two hundred and sixty-four Popes, was a great lover of books, and wished to vie with his predecessors achieve ments in adding to the artistic glories of his palace. He listened eagerly to the petitions which reached him from art-lovers begging for a restoration of the Borgia Apartments. The paintings of Pinturicchio, which had made their ceilings a blaze of beauty, had, since the days of Gregory XVI., experienced a great revival in popularity ; in the last years of the nineteenth century his fame had almost rivalled that of Perugino.

These glorious works of art were completed, though there is such an incredible amount, not only of painting, but of stucco and papier-mache work in them (papier- mache four hundred years ago was turned to more archi tectural account than it is now), in less than three years, 1492-1494. And this, though Pinturicchio was under a contract at the time to the Canons of Orvieto Cathedral.

Alexander VI. was most anxious to occupy the rooms which he had chosen for his apartments in the old Papal Palace on the north side of the quadrangle framed by the Sistine Chapel on the south, and to which he was building a most important addition, the Borgia Tower, where the Hall of the Credo and the Hall of the Sibyls are situated. This was, of course, to be his place of refuge in case of the wars into which his imperious and outrageous acts hurried him. It was Alexander VI. who put the passage between the Vatican and the Castle of Sant Angelo into its present fortified condition, and, indeed, who converted the Castle of Sant Angelo into a first-class Mediaeval fortress.

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thing to be of unparalleled grandeur and brilliance. In which he succeeded, for Charles VIII., King of France, a monarch of extravagant notions, who dined with the Pope in these rooms immediately after their opening, said he had never seen their equal in palace or castle.

Of course, Pinturicchio, accustomed as he was to working with feverish enthusiasm, could never have accomplished such a magnum opus with his own hands in two or three years. But he was assisted by a number of pupils, including the unidentified disciple of Perugino, who, after himself, did the best work. Also, he did nothing to the first and largest room, and is only partly responsible for the fifth and sixth, the two tower rooms. But the second, third, and fourth, which present some of the most glorious masses of colour in Italy, were entirely of his conception and design, from the cornice upwards, and the most beautiful of the great pictures, which fill the lunettes, were painted by his hand. The Dispute of St. Catherine with the Philosophers is declared to be Pinturicchio s masterpiece.

The beauty and gorgeousness of these rooms com pletely satisfied the splendour-loving Pope, as he him self acknowledged in the grant of lands he made Pinturicchio in payment for them. He gave him to understand, says Ricci, that he was to consider the Apostolic Camera not a little in his debt for the paint ings in the Palace and the Castle of Sant Angelo. "Industria et maxima sumptu factis."

But they proved an ill-omened acquisition, for they were of the era when the French King, Charles VIII., who alone could have checkmated the ambitions of the vigorous Borgia, was invading Italy. And the crowning tragedies of the reign were interwoven with them, for


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it was here that the pleasure-loving Pontiff heard of the murder of his eldest son, Giovanni, by a younger son, the monster Cesare Borgia; and it was here that he heard of the savage attacks of Savonarola ; and it was here, says Ricci, that they must have trembled at his death-rattle, when, poisoned, perhaps dying, he measured in his heart the abyss that was to swallow up his evil house. It was here certainly that the old legend of the devil coming for his soul was located.

In the centuries following the Middle Ages at Rome, people seemed to have had no reverence for monuments, however splendid, unless they had built them them selves. Everyone knows how Julius II. tore down Old St. Peter s, and half a hundred Cardinals tore down old basilicas to replace them with baroque monstrosities, Considering all things, it was a mercy that Julius II. did not reduce the Borgia Rooms to a scrap-heap the moment he came to the throne, so bitter was his hatred of the Borgia Pontiff who meant to encompass his death and had driven him into exile.

Their neglect and abuse must have set in early, for Alexander VI. only died in 1503, and we find Pius IV., when he was elected in 1559, rescuing the Borgia Rooms, which had been terribly knocked about ; the Popes were using Raffaelle s Stanze on the floor above to get more light and air, and these rooms were given up to the Cardinal Nephews. After Sixtus V. had completed the suite of apartments at the eastern end of the Vatican, which are now occupied by the Pope, the Borgia Rooms were abandoned altogether except for emergencies. They suffered still more in the seventeenth and eigh teenth centuries, when they were used for erecting the cells in which the Cardinals were confined when they


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were in Conclave to elect a new Pope. And they were also used for the meals of the various officials assembled in the Vatican for the great ceremonies of Holy Week.

In 1816 they suffered fresh violence when Pius VII. drove nails into their walls to hang the pictures returned from Paris, which had no proper places of their own, because they did not belong to him, but to various Italian churches. He did not, of course, touch the great frescoes ; since they were painted on vaults of the ceiling they were, fortunately, of no use for his purpose. The rooms were of little enough ine as it was ; they were so dark, although the marble (iuelph crosses and bars were removed from the windows. After five years the pictures were removed and the apartments became a museum of statuary ; the walls again suffered, for brackets were nailed up on them. Hut the most mis chief was done when the apartments were turned into the Vatican Library, to receive all the printed books,

by (iregorv XVI.

Monsignor Ugolini, senior Scrittore of the Vatican Library, who wrote the excellent monograph on the transference of the books from the Borgia Apartments to the Leonine Library, to which the books have been taken, gives this date for the turning the Borgia Rooms into a library, and he must be better informed than Ricci on such a point. Ricci says that it was Pius IX. who turned the rooms into a library to receive the books of Cardinal Mai. When Leo XIII. had the rooms cleared of the books and their shelves, he found that the room was "greatly damaged by old scratches, by the fastening up of pictures in 1816, by the insertion of brackets sup porting busts and statuettes in 1821, by the fastening


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up of the book-cases put up by Pius IX., by the opening up of new doors, and by the closing up of old ones" (Ricci).

The architect employed in the restoration was the Conte Francesco Vespignani. The painter was Commendatore Ludovico Seitz, the art director of the Vatican Galleries. Nothing was done that was not necessary ; the repairs were chiefly confined to the injuries on the walls, the plaster, the frescoes and the stucco. Former renova tions were allowed to stand. In some parts of the roofs of Rooms V. and VI. the painting was detached, the wall and plaster restored, and the painting put on again with such accuracy as to leave no mark except a faint white line, " which at once disappeared at a light touch of the brush." No other retouching was allowed, so as not to interfere with the authenticity of the work. Most of the earlier retouching, according to Ehrle and Steven son, was done in the time of Pius VII., though some was done when the rooms were occupied by the Cardinal Nephews, especially in the time of Pius IV. and Gregory XIII. Ehrle and Stevenson claim that it is better to have such restoration, because it covers the worst damages in the original frescoes ; for to take them away would damage the frescoes still further, and leave bare places ; because being so old they have their place in the artistic records of the frescoes in the rooms, and because they are recognizable at a glance, and, therefore, do not interfere with the authenticity of the pictures. The only considerable alteration of the pictures in Seitz s restoration was the painting over the scratch on the Pope s chin in the magnificent portrait of Alexander VI., in the Sala dei Misteri, which changed the whole character and effect of the portrait.


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Ricci strongly disagrees with most of their opinions, though he admits the skill with which Seitz executed his work.

In his superb book on Pinturicchio, published by Hememann at five and a half guineas, he gives a most interesting account, translated from Khrle and Steven son, of the way in which the restorers got over the most difficult part of their work, in making the lower walls, which had sustained all the damage, decorative enough to allow the apartments to be used for State purposes. They are now occupied by the Cardinal Secretary of State, as they were occupied in the sixteenth century by the Cardinal Nephews who performed the duties of that high office. Their side walls had not only been knocked about, but had been covered with whitewash which had to be removed throughout. When it was removed, it was discovered that, while in the first four rooms there were considerable remains of the old decorations, in the fifth and sixth there were no outlines of any kind except the slightest possible trace bv the north window of the former. In the third room there were only slight traces of decorations, just enough to enable the main portions of the design and colouring to be distinguished. In the first room the remaining fragments were not in a condition to be completed, nor to be left in situ as they were found, without disturbing the whole effect. In the second and fourth rooms the ornaments of the walls were in moderately good condition and afforded suffi cient scope for the completion of the missing portions.

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restored parts, the latter have been sketched in much more brightly, or in neutral tints.

In the third room the remaining parts of the old decorations, say these authors, sufficed for the restora tion of the principal parts of the design and colouring, while the secondary parts were left entirely to the restorer; the lower part was throughout covered with panels of intarsia work, almost contemporary with Pin- turicchio, and made for the rooms immediately below the Borgia Rooms (said to have been used for the Vatican Library by Sixtus IV.) ; the upper part was covered with canvases, on which what was left of the original decorations was imitated and completed as well as could possibly have been done.

In the first room canvases were employed in the same way, and by a brilliant conception the huge ex panses of its walls were relieved by hanging them with a superb series of large tapestries. The walls of the fifth and sixth rooms were also covered with canvases of the same description, but here the painters had a more for midable task before them, for all the original decora tions had perished ; they had to devise designs in harmony with the ceilings, with the few remnants of painting round the north window, and with the splendid old tiles left here and there on the floor, made in the Spanish style so common in Sicily, with the Borgia arms the ox and raying crown, for the motives.

It is not my intention in describing the Palace rooms, which are among the most delightfully gay and gorgeous of the world s monuments, to pause to inquire if Pin- turicchio painted the whole of the Pope s mantle in that wonderful kneeling figure of Alexander VI., or to discuss technicalities at all. That is for artists to propound

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to artists, a very small and deprcciative audience. I am not capable of writing for them, and I do not wish to write for them ; most of them go through galleries looking out for faults, not beauties, and though the chance of the humblest living depends on it, they nearly always fail to remember that art was made for man kind, not for rival artists. I have a melancholy example before me of the dangers of a little knowledge of art. Writing about the Borgia Rooms, which form admittedly one of the most beautiful ensembles in the whole of art, it is only occasionally that the author vouchsafes a salt- spoonful of praise ; lie is afraid of devoting one word to enthusiasm.

That is not the way to write about the Borgia Rooms. The ordinary visitors who go there do not want to know if Pinturicchio and his school drew hands well ; they want to rise on stepping-stones to higher things.


Sa/a I.

The first room, it must be admitted, leaves you a little cold : but then it is not by Pinturicchio ; the designs on the roof are little mythological plaques by two pupils of Raffaelle Pierino del Vaga and Giovanni da Udine, both good humanists, however, who in other places had delightful inspirations from the Classic world with which they created late-born and lovely visions of " Olympus faded hierarchy."

The large noble tapestries round the walls, with trophies of shining armour hanging between, I take to be of the sixteenth century ; they are very fine and delicate, both in design and colouring ; they have just the faded reds and blues which you get in the wonderful fifteenth


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century tapestries in the Musee Cluny, which have established them as the tints par excellence for tapestry. The faces are a little fuller than you get in pictures and tapestries of the true Gothic feeling. They have more of beauty and less of romance in them, and, of course, have no suggestion at all of the atmosphere of the story of Cephalus and Procris, which they represent. But they have the sumptuous beauty of their great century, and play their part well in making the first of the Borgia Rooms look essentially the antechamber of a palace.

Then you step through a door into a second room, the fine applicability of whose title you recognize before your foot is off the threshold : the Sala dei Misteri the Hall of the Mysteries. You are in Aladdin s cave. There is nothing like it in Rome outside of these precincts. The Garden of Paradise in the ancient basilica of S. Prassede is likewise all gold and colour, with its mosaics of a thousand years ago, but it is small, and its figures are cramped, almost grotesque ; the roof of the Farnesina, with Raffaelle s Cupid and Psyche spread over it, lacks the richness of setting which these great frescoes of Pinturicchio have in the moulding and gilding of the Gothic ribs of the Borgias pleasure-house. There may be this or the other fault to find with the work of Pin turicchio ; the faults need little finding in the work of most of his pupils ; but the fact remains that, if one suddenly became a fairy prince and had the choice of all the frescoes in the world for the decoration of one s pleasure-house, these are the frescoes one would choose, before the more serious frescoes of the Library of Siena ; before the nobler frescoes of Raffaelle in the rooms exactly above (the Stanze), which contain the School of Athens, and the other tableaux of that glorious suite;

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before the frescoes of the Farnesina, more perfect, but with less to nourish the eyes.

The frescoes in the second, third, and fourth Borgia Rooms are not even rivalled by those which make gems of the Chapel of Nicholas V., painted by Fra Angelico tor the Vatican, and the chapel painted for the Riccardi Palace at Florence, by Benozzo Gozzoli. These, perhaps, come nearest the Borgia Rooms among paintings, but they arc small, and lack the splendour of the setting which the magnificent Borgia gave to the frescoes of Pinturicchio. Perhaps a better parallel could be found in the mosaics of St. Mark s, Venice, or the Royal Chapel at Palermo.

I or here in these Borgia Rooms you have an over powering feeling of sensuous beauty curiously mingled with the atmosphere of awe which emanates from the residence of the highest personage but one in Roman Catholic Christendom. I used to wonder what the effect must be on his mind of constantly regarding such wonderful beauty. One day 1 met him and asked him. He parried the question with equal simplicity or skill : I never have any time to look up."

Sala II.

To imagine this second room, the Sala dci Mistcri, you must picture to yourself a room of fair size, almost square, with a tiled floor and a rich cornice running round it at about half its height. Below the cornice the walls are decorated with skilfully restored arabesques, and their conventional patterns in fresco are broken by sculptured Renaissance ornaments. From the cornice springs an elaborate system of intersecting vaults whose lunettes are filled with glorious frescoes by


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Pinturicchio : the ribs are moulded in gilt, with wonderful richness, and the intervening spaces have little pictures. The whole form a blaze of gold and colour. The large frescoes in this room are the Annunciation, the Nativity, the Adoration, the Resurrection, the Ascension, the Descent of the Holy Spirit, and the Assumption of the Virgin. The finest of them all is the Resurrection, in which there is a superb figure of Alexander VI., the wicked Borgia Pope, for whom these rooms were deco rated, regarding the Resurrection, a topic upon which you would not have expected him, of all men, to dwell with much satisfaction.

The portrait is a marvellous one ; the very hands speak. They are folded in the attitude of prayer, but not of meekness ; the whole anatomy of the figure speaks, though it is swathed in a great cloak stiff with gold and gems ; and though the head is bald and the face fat, with double chin, long upper lip, and parrot-like nose, the impression you get is of calm strength, of a man who saw his end clearly and grasped it without allowing his attention to be drawn off by any conventions or excuses. In his portrait the man who flung conventionalities to the winds, and brooked no obstacle to his projects for providing for his children, does not look bad or mer ciless ; it is true that to represent him as such might not have been pleasant for Pinturicchio. Here he looks only a man not to be deterred. He was at all events a wise patron of the arts, and he steered his ship in the troubled sea of Italian civil wars and intrigues with a manfulness which any civil Prince of his time might have envied. After all, he was quite up to the moral standard of the gods of Greece was very much the Jupiter of the Vatican.


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Were it only for this portrait of Alexander VI., a visit to the Borgia Rooms would be worth making. But the three charming, youthful figures kneeling below the broken marble sarcophagus from which Our Lord rises, are of the highest interest, for they are believed to represent the three sons of Alexander VI., Jofrc, born in 1481, being the exquisite sleeping figure in front. As Ricci points out, the halberd head with the broken point beside him, and the gash in the cuirass, broken across the chest, containing the figure of a youth with a cap on his head and his garments fastened with lacets, must typify <me of the many mysteries of the Borgias. Pier Luigi, the eldest of the Pope s sons, had been dead for some years, so Ricci suggests that it may signify that Jofre was broken-hearted for his loss, and that the Pope wished all four of his sons to conic into the picture. The beautiful boy with long golden hair who kneels, holding a halberd, on the opposite side of the sarcophagus to balance the figure of the Pope, is the terrible Cesare Borgia, who had not yet begun his murderous career. The even more beautiful figure in ancient Roman dress turning round is Giovanni Borgia, whom Cesare murdered in 1497.

After the great portrait of Alexander VI., the most notable feature in the Sala dci Misteri is the Annuncia tion. Notice in it the exquisite peace and humility in which Pinturicchio excelled, and the wonderfully rich and elegant Renaissance archway which encloses the vista behind. The few technical faults the picture may have do not detract from the main fact that here you have a picture full and typical of the loveliness of fifteenth century Italy.

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inappropriateness, is divided by the Borgia Bull from the Annunciation, are to me less beautiful. The Virgin has not to such a high degree the wonderful grace of anatomy which Pinturicchio contrives to suggest through the rich clothing of his figures. But it has one of his beautiful Umbrian landscapes behind the classic porch with a thatched roof, which is his conventional way of expressing the stable.

The Adoration of the Magi is not the work of Pin turicchio. In the lunette of the Coming of the Holy Ghost, though it is condemned by art critics, and though much of it is the work of another hand, is one of Pinturicchio s purely lovely conceptions. I do not venture to criticize the art ; I look for the beauty in these rooms. And in the group to the spectator s left are two perfectly exquisite figures : the boy just appearing in the centre and the boy with the outstretched left hand ; and what grace, what lovely repose there are in the background !

In the lunette of the Assumption, beside the empty sarcophagus full of flowers, which Pinturicchio, Peru- gino and Raffaelle used almost identically, is a beautiful figure by the unidentified disciple of Perugino. The Madonna, seated in a mandorla, is surrounded by charming Pinturicchio angels.

Sola HI.

This room, which is called the Sala delle Vite dei Santi, is even more glorious than the preceding, for it contains the Disputa of St. Catherine, which Ricci, with Italian cynicism, suggests may have been selected by the Pope because she was the protectress of illegitimate children, and, as such, of great importance to him.


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It is more certain that the subject was chosen because St. Catherine came from Alexandria, and his name was Alexander. The Pope had the ceiling of this very room decorated with the superbly painted story of Isis and Osiris, because it pleu-rd him to identify the Bull Apis with the ox of the Borons. This wonderful ceiling is so rich and beautiful that it is almost impossible to look into it properly. Your eyes lose themselves in the rich- nes i of the general effect, as they do when you are inspecting a rich Byzantine paliotto. But the details arc exquisite; the child figures especially are purely lovely. All sorts of scenes will be recognized, from the marriage of Isis and Osiris, in the orthodox Christian fashion, to 1 )avid and Goliath, and Judith and Holofernes. Ricci draw- attention to the beautiful figure of a putto riding a swan, and to the representation of little field industries, such as ploughing and the culture of apples, which Osiris taught, given at the sides of his temple. The moM striking subject is the hewing of Osiris to pieces The ox in a litter, shaped like a temple, and carried upon the shoulders of four men, is the triumph of Osiris changed into the C,od Apis. Very much of this glorification of the Borgia ox is from the hand of the great master himself, and its splendour is almost inconceivable ; in fact, some of the little pictures con tained in it are among the most beautiful creations of Pinturicchio, who was one of the most prodigal creators of beauty.

I will leave the St. Catherine to the end ; it would be an anticlimax to talk of the other pictures after that.

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ground, remarkable as giving a picture of the Colosseum, very much out of drawing, but in much more its present condition than one would have imagined. The oddest thing about it is that, to make it " group " better, Pinturicchio makes it appear to be standing upon the Palatine, which he has introduced so as to include the Church of S. Sebastian on the Palatine. The picture has a beautiful background, and artists point out that Pinturicchio was more careful than usual of the rules of composition.

The first picture you notice when 3/011 enter is the Susanna and the Elders. This is a most beautiful picture. The figure of Susanna is chaste, humble, graceful, shrinking ; and behind the charming fifteenth- century Renaissance fountain by which she stands is an equally charming landscape. The monkey and the rabbit sitting up in front give a little cynical touch. The group in the background on one side represent Susanna pinioned, being led to execution ; and, on the other side, the Elders bound back to back being stoned. The landscape is perfectly beautiful. The next picture to the Susanna is the famous Santa Barbara escaping from the tower in which she had been imprisoned by her father. Here again is one of Pinturicchio s lovely back grounds, with a river running through it like the Thames below Richmond Hill. The whole centre of the picture is occupied by a tower in the style of the Venetian Renaissance. The treatment of the picture is allegorical. There is a split in the tower to show how Barbara escaped ; and though she and her father are apparently only a yard or two apart, their attitudes tell us that she has already escaped, and that he is going, sword in hand, on the wrong track. The delightful young soldier


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in front of the tower is likewise symbolic. The ordi nary visitor does not trouble about the symbolism : he is content that the fleeing figure of Santa Barbara is one of exquisite 1 beauty and grace, and full of motion ; and that the landscape behind, in which she appears again at a distance, is so beautiful. The Visita tion, in this room, is another delightful fresco ; the Virgin is one of his most beautiful figures, and the background is incomparably lovely ; for in it we have an ancient Roman house, made up of loggias, and from the little terrace on the top of one of them an old woman and a fair-haired girl are looking down upon the scene. In the distance, throwing up the extraordinary rich ness of the architecture, is one of those fair Umbrian backgrounds ; but after taking in all these distant beauties one harks back to the grace and exquisite humility of the Virgin. There are few more gracious pictures in existence. The child, in the corner behind Kli/abeth and the maidens, gives fresh proofs, which were not needed, of the absolute lovableness of Pin- turicchio at his best. This picture is considered to be wholly his own work. The Temptation of St. Anthony, which comes between this and the great picture, cannot be compared with this as a whole ; though the figures of the two hermits and the three beautiful she-devils are all considered to be by Pinturicchio. Of these last Ricci says : But we believe that Pinturicchio is responsible for these three at all events for the design, if not for the execution so clearly are they creations of the master, alike in attitude, costume, and arrange ment of the hair. It is true that the technical details, from the hook-like curves in the folds to the tone of the colours, differ from his, and are more in the manner


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of Perugino. The three demon- women have gentle and beautiful faces, with lips tight shut and pouting as if to dart out kisses, dresses varied and vivid of colour and rich in ornament, the delicate hands of fine ladies, stretched out with grace, one holding a little box ; but instead of feet they have the talons of birds of prey; from their heads spring twisted horns ; from their shoulders green bats wings (the emblem of vice ever since the time of Giotto). They come, fawning and alluring, taking counsel together as to their mode of attack, while St. Anthony, turning his back upon them, calmly talks of divine things with his companion."

We now come to the great Disputa of St. Catherine, which is considered Pinturicchio s masterpiece. I do not propose to enter into the controversy as to which figure is supposed to represent Prince Djem, the brother of the Sultan Bajazet II., whom the Pope obligingly, and in consideration of a large annual subscription, kept a sort of prisoner in the Vatican, though I should like to believe that he is the superb figure on the white horse, as striking as the figure of Aeneas Sylvius on the white horse in the first of Pinturicchio s frescoes in the Library of Siena, and Benozzo Gozzoli s figure of Lorenzo de Medici in the Riccardi Chapel. Few ordinary visitors will be interested in the argument whether the other Greeks and Turks are or are not derived from Gentile Bellini s studies : they will be satisfied with the magni ficent grouping of the picture ; the gorgeous Renaissance arch, adapted from the Arch of Constantine, which fills the centre, and the very peaceful and soft outlines of the landscape. The colouring of the picture is immea surably rich ; it is a regular feast of beauty. In front of the Royal figure of the Emperor Maximian is the youthful


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figure of Catherine, modest, but fortified with innocence, making the points against the fifty philosophers on the fingers of her hands, which have much-faded golden fetters hanging between them. She is said to represent the Pope s daughter, the lovely Lucrezia Borgia, though Lucre/ia was very young at the time for a figure on the borderland of girlhood and womanhood, which has hardly any superior in th- whole of Italian painting.

Over the door by which YOU enter this room from the third room, is the Madonna with the Child, which is supposed to represent (iiulia Farnese, the mother of Alexander VI. s youngest son. The attitudes of mother and child have rather a By/antine stillness, but their faces, like those of the cherubs round them, are sweet and gracious. The frame is of the gilded papier-mache, which so offended Vasari s sense of fitness. Ricci calls it one of the most lovely Madonnas which Pinturicchio ever painted. With regard to the question of the identity, Ricci says: "Was Vasari alluding to this Virgin when he said that Pinturicchio painted Giulia Farnese over the door of a room, in the form of Our Lad\ Some are of that opinion. But in this case, where is the head of Alexander adoring her ? And if the Madonna really represents the fair friend of the Pope, how easy it must have been for the painter to portray a face which is one of the most usual types of Umbrian beauty, and particularly characteristic of his own art."

The Sala dci Santi is a noble room : the designs of the canvas screens, painted to cover its perished walls, and the fifteenth-century intarsia work brought up from Sixtus IV. s Library, harmonize well with the superb frescoes and the gorgeous ceiling, from which


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they are divided by a cornice of white marble, conven tionalizing the Borgia ox ; which is supposed, like the other white marble work of these apartments, to have come from the atelier of Andrea Bregno.

No reproduction of the pictures in these apartments, unless they are coloured like Ricci s great work, can do them justice ; for it is the glow of the gold, and the rich red raiment, and the flowers on the sward, and the sky, which constitute their chief marvel.

Sala IV.

This room is known as the Sala delle Arti Liber ali y or the Sala delle Arti e Scienzi, and I cannot say that it is as attractive to me as the second and third rooms for its frescoes ; though its wall-decorations are remarkable, alike for their intrinsic beauty and the large amount of the original decorations which are retained. But the great old fifteenth-century mantelpiece which decorates them did not originally belong to this room ; it came from the Castle of Sant Angelo, and was executed by Simon Mosca, although it was designed by the great Sansovino. This handsome room has rightly a palatial effect, for it is here that the Cardinal Secretary of State receives the ambassadors of the Princes twice a week. In the left-hand corner of the room furthest from the window is where the Cardinal sits, his visitors being seated along the two walls of the angle.

Some of the old tiles of the floor are exhibited in the cabinet of choice pottery in the right-hand corner ; the blocked-up door in the corner beside it is said to lead to the room in which Alexander VI. died and which is now occupied by the Noble Guard. The ceiling of this room is not to be compared with that of


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the last in richness : its decorations are conventional, but the frescoes contain some lovely figures. Cut on the walls by some servant i> " \V. Paulus III. Pont. Max. c \V. Farne-ia Proles." V V is the Italian way of writing Viva Long life) ; and Kicci points out that the inscription must have been cut by some member of the Conclave ot October, 15^4, which elected Paul III., the Fanie-e Pope. There is a rich stucco cornice. In this room, more than any other, the critics engage in a battle roval as to the author-hip of the various frescoes. The reader will not thank me for attempting to judge between them, nor have I the audacity to attempt it. L shall only point out ,-ome of the features which I have enjo\ed m the various lunettes which derive their sub jects from the Trivium, i.e., diammar, Rhetoric, and Dialectics; and the Ouadnvium, Astronomy, Arith metic, Geometry and Musi -, \\hich were the foundation^ of learning in the Middle Age-. The Dialectics have a very rich architectural background ; notice the lovely figures, especially on the left-hand side. Gcomctrv has exquisite figure- on her right hand of the kind which give Pintuncchio such a place in our affections. And Rhetoric, which hold* a sword in the right hand and a glove in the left, has, as Kicci point- out, the best and the most delicate figure, by virtue both of the beauty of her lace with its opaline and roseate colour- and the grandiose simplicity of her pose. One can see Pinturicchio s hand here. Arithmetic is very youthful and lovable; she ha- such a pathetic droop of the mouth that she looks like a sorrowful child. Is this to typify that arithmetic is the science which we take at the earliest age ? She holds in her hand an elegant Renaissance slate with figures, which is well worthy of imitation for our own


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writing- tablets. She is surrounded by fine groups of figures, though not so fine as Ghirlandajo would have made them ; and is seated on a remarkable throne with a sounding-board above it and a landscape behind. The Grammar is not so good as the others ; it is supposed to be by the same hand as the lunettes in the Hall of the Sibyls, the sixth apartment. To me the other three lunettes are still more striking. Astronomy, much at tacked by the critics, will appear to the ordinary visitor a very noble conception. She is enthroned on a little hill, which might well be the outside of our globe ; on either side of which, situated against a bright landscape and sky, are tall pines and cypresses. The youthful figures on each side are of remarkable beauty, and like the figures of Raffaelle in the School of Athens. The Music is another delightful fresco. The figure of the harper on her right must linger in the memory ; it is so graceful and romantic. But the background is not good. Astrology, the remaining lunette, has charming and sumptuous figures.

Sal a V and Sal a VI.

The fifth and sixth rooms are in the Torre Borgia, the tower built by Alexander VI., doubtless as a refuge. Number V., which is approached from Number IV. by a flight of about a dozen steps, is used by Cardinal Merry del Val as his study, and, as I have said above, is entirely redecorated with skilfully made canvas screens, so that the original walls have not been interfered with in case a fresh examination of their perished decorations should appear to be desirable. These two rooms are not shown except by the Cardinal himself to an occa sional privileged visitor. On the floor are some well- preserved specimens of the old Borgia tiles with the ox


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and the raying crown. Here, too, the ceiling has con ventional decorations as in the second room. " In the tower room," says Ricci, " Bernardino (i.e., Pinturicchio) is only seen as a directing influence." In each lunette, with its yellow border and many coloured ornaments, is the half-length figure of a Prophet or an Apostle.

According to a Mediaeval legend, the Creed was com posed by the Apostles before they separated to preach the Gospel throughout all the world, each writing an article. So to each is attributed his own verse, which is inscribed on broad, fluttering streamers. Ricci says that they were painted by the same hand as the Grammar and the Sibyls.

Sala VI. has a richer ceiling. Two of the Sibyls have; considerable charm, but they are obviously not the work of Pinturicchio, and the visitors are not likely to care for them.

In the story of the Torre Borgia above them is the famous bath-room of Cardinal Bibiena, wrongly called, says Layard, " // Rctiro del (Jiitlio II." A former Pope is understood to have had it bricked up on account of the amatory nature of its charming mythological compositions ; and though they are said to have been opened again under the more liberal regime of the present Pontiff, certainly no visitor has been permitted to see them ; and it is said that not even have any of the Cardinals seen them. But Kugler had evidently seen it, for he gives this description of it : This room was decorated in the antique taste the walls of a dark red ground, and with seven gracefully designed compart ments, each containing subjects alluding to the power of Love. These were designed by Raffaelle and exe cuted by his scholars. The birth of Venus, Venus and


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Cupid on dolphins, and Cupid complaining to Venus of his wound, are the most graceful. Beneath them, on a black ground, are figures of Amorini, exemplifying the various devices and varying progress of Love one, in a shell, drawn by butterflies ; another in a shell drawn by tortoises ; a third harnessing a pair of snakes ; a fourth drawn by snails, etc. On the ceiling are numerous designs, most of them so injured as to be hardly visible. Cupid wrestling with Pan, a charming conceit, is still seen. Repetitions of these designs are found in a villa erected on the ruins of the Palace of the Caesars, known as the Villa Spada (also as the Villa called Santini, Magnani, Mills, etc., according to its successive owners)." There are paintings by Raffaelle in the Vatican yet more invisible, for all trace of them has been lost. I refer to the famous Hours of Raffaelle, of which garbled copies are sold on postcards. No tenable theory has been advanced as to where they may be.

The Borgia Apartments of the Vatican, for so many years the library of the Vatican printed books, are the chief rival of that other library frescoed by Pin- turicchio, the immortal Library of Siena.

The Borgia Rooms are among the brightest gems in the tiara of art which encircles the Vatican, of which the Sculpture Gallery, with its masterpieces of anti quity, the Sistine Chapel, with its frescoes by Michel Angelo, and the rooms which contain the frescoes of Raffaelle, may claim to be the three crowns.

Certainly none of these latter make such a Royal impression on the senses, as you enter them, as the official residence of the Cardinal Secretary of State. It breathes the air of a presence. Only five of you are admitted at a time, and you are frozen into court

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manners by chilling servants, who do not take your wraps, but motion you to deposit them in a corner. Then you move gently round, drinking in the superb proportions of the room, examining its noble tapestries, the elegant scholarship and manipulation of its ceiling; this is the Sn/u dci I onti/i-ci -the Hall of the Popes.

A ma/ing as is the coup d\nl when you enter the second room with its superb ceiling and frescoes, you still have only an adequate conception of the full effect of the ceiling if you have been at one of the Cardinal s recep tions when the curtains are drawn and the whole blaze of electric light is thrown upon the ceiling, bringing out every facet of that jewel-like decoration.

Certainly the Borgia Rooms are the most Royal in the Vatican ; they were the line (lower of the Pagan Renaissance in Rome.


CHAPTER XXI. THE ETRUSCAN MUSEUM.

THE Etruscan Museum of the Vatican is not a forbidden land to which access can only be had by influence ; but as it is only open once or twice a week, and is entered by an inconspicuous side-door at the top of the stairs near the Sala della Biga, it is to most people a terra incognita.

A vast pity this, for the Etruscan cities are to Rome what Pompeii is to Naples. The Etruscans themselves lost their separate existence in some unmarked century between the reigns of Romulus and Augustus ; as the Celts lost their separate existence in England at some unknown period since the Norman Conquest : they melted into Latins, and the Latins melted into Italians. But in the hills, where nothing quite dies, the genius of the race lived long and flowered in the artists of LImbria and Tuscany ; not only must those who were born in Fiesole, like Fra Angelico and the sculptor Mino, be accredited to Etruscan Faesulae, but those who were born on the hills around, or in the City of the Lilies in the Arno Valley below immortal Florence. Michel Angelo was an Etruscan, if ever there was one ; his gloomy imagination, his love of the immense, were essentially Etruscan. Etruscans would have revelled in the Last Judgment. He was almost as fond of Sibyls

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and Prophets as they were of genii and augurs. Long after Etruscan nationality was dead we find the augur who bade Cajsar beware of the Ides of March bearing the pure Etruscan name of Spurina ; Perusia (Perugia;, Arretium (Arezzo), Cortona .always Cortona), and Yola- terrae ;Yolterra , all reilowered in art, especially the first ; illuminated by the great names of Perugino and his pupil Raffaelle, and Pinturicchio.

And if the F.tniscan genius failed to Follower at places like Tarquinii .Corneto , Caere Cerveteri), and other cities in the Roman Maremma, and the cities of Etruscan birth round Yiterbo, it is because they were cities of the plain exposed to the- invasions of change.

It is tlu- Etruscan Museum of the Yatican which corresponds more than anything in Rome to the Pom- peian Museum at Naples. And the numerous Ktruscan cities round Rome can be visited with very little more effort than Pompeii.

There are few cities in southern Ktruria which the railway s< rvico does not permit you to visit in the day from Rome, and most of them make delightful picnics Yoii is only a walk from La Storta Fornella Station, twelve miles from Rome. Caere, which gives us our word cert monies, is about an hour s drive from the Palo Station, between Rome and Civita Yecchia. Tarquinii is less than an hour s drive from the Corneto Station, just beyond Civita Yecchia. Yulci is near the next station, Montalto di Castro. Norchia and Bieda, though nearer Vetralla, must, like Castel d Asso, be visited from Yiterbo ; each is within a drive. There are three Etruscan cemeteries within a walk of Orvieto, but it is unnecessary to multiply examples. Norchia, Bieda, and Castel d Asso have their cliffs cut into


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temple-like tombs ; and Norchia has, unlikepnost of the cities, considerable Etruscan remains other than tombs and city walls. Many of the cities in the Maremma have fine Etruscan walls, some with gates ; but the best Etruscan tombs are at Tarquinii and Cerveteri, and it is to their subterranean tombs that we have to go for an intimate acquaintance with the Etruscans. In Rome there are other Etruscan Museums besides the Museo Gregoriano at the Vatican the Museo Kircheriano and the Museum of the Capitol both have fine Etruscan pieces ; and the Villa Papa Giulio is entirely devoted to an Etruscan Museum. But the Museo Gregoriano is the best and the most complete in Rome. And outside Rome there are splendid Etruscan Museums at Florence, Corneto, Volterra, and Chiusi, the Volterra Museum being an especially interesting one, for the light that its alabaster sarcophagi throw upon the religion of the Etruscans. The Etruscans seem to have been a far more serious people than the Romans and the Greeks ; their minds ran much on the lot that awaited the dead. Devils and angels seem to have received from them the forms they have retained through the subsequent stages of art. Death, with his hammer, is frequently pourtrayed on the tombs of Volterra : the dead are often being conducted by a black or red genius with wings and human limbs ending in claws : sometimes he has an eagle beak. There are also good genii, with wings ; doubtless the originals of our angels, though the supreme beauty of the Winged Victory of the Greeks eventually made it the standard type of angel. The Etruscans had their Charon ferrying souls across the river of death. One very curious feature of their sarcophagi is that the


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presence of a horse or a cart shows the passage of a soul >ded carts, almost exactly like the carriers carts that ply in out-of-the-way parts of England, still appear in the funeral scenes.

The Roman Museums are not so rich in Etruscan sar cophagi as those, for example, of Corneio and Volterra they have sufficient to show the essential peculiarity were bought ready-made except their rhe ready-made part seem, to have been im ported from Greece, as London imports ready-made tomb stones from Tuscany nowadays. These are frequently beautiful execution, and more O fi ( . n than not rcpre- ^cenes from (.reek mythology or history. They are not, of course, so interesting as the sarcophagi carved by native workmen from the native designs, which deal with Etruscan religious subjects, such as the life, or funeral ceremonies, and tell us much about the customs of that dead mvsterious race. The lids are, as a rule, of very inferior workmanxinp : the head is sometimes almost as big as the body ; and they seldom any sort of elegance. Nor do thev look "like por traits, though they were executed as such ; so many them have the same round, expressionless face and There are, of course, some splendid por trait effigies on Ktruscan tombs, of life size, as suggestive of portraiture as a photograph, minute in details of costume; but thev are rare. Nearly all are suggestive to us of levity, for the dead Lucumo will either be petting his wife, or holding out a wine-bowl, or sleeping off the drowsiness of a feast, with an air of gorged con- The figures are nearly always reclining on their elbows in the attitude in which the ancients reclined at their feasts ; thev used couches, not chairs.


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Etruscan sarcophagi are generally made of the brown volcanic stone called Nenfro, or of alabaster, or of terra-cotta, the last two being most frequent at Volterra and Toscanella respectively. There is a laundry at Toscanella which has about twenty splendid terra-cotta sarcophagi, with life-size figures, lying about its yard. This was the famous garden of the Campanari, the ex cavators and dealers who supplied most of the objects which are in the Etruscan Museum in the Vatican. The Campanari are dead, and their heir did not take the trouble to remove the sarcophagi before he let the pro perty for its present homely use. The gardens of Toscanella are full of Etruscan tombs, brought to them as ornaments from the cemeteries outside.

But to return to the Gregorian Museum. One of its most interesting exhibits is the model of an Etruscan tomb which contains three of the stone couches charac teristic of them ; generally about eighteen inches high, two or three feet wide, and six or seven feet long. Where a tomb has not been disturbed, armour, jewels, even the soles of shoes, which are made of wood with bronze casings, are found, lying just as they have sunk when the body they contained mouldered away. Some times the bones are left. All sorts of articles of domestic use are found either on the couch or on the ground within reach of it, or suspended by nails from the walls and roof, as we hang articles from a kitchen dresser. There is a tomb belonging to Signor Mancini at Orvieto, which has been left with everything tying and hanging just as it was found, as an exhibit to make money out of tourists. Signor Mancini owns an Etruscan cemetery, and whenever he makes five hundred francs out of admissions, or selling Etruscan


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curios, he excavates another tomb. He has turned his curious little palace into a curio shop, though, like the best ladies hat shops, there is nothing to reveal its business outside.

The Ktruscans might have given the Early Victorian builder his idea for pretentious imitations in stucco. One of the finest tombs at Cerveteri has imitations of shields, and caps, and various utensils, on its walls, which on examination prove to be stucco. This was, perhaps, the dernier cri at Cerveteri before the Etruscans I -l t oil bring a nation.

The tombs of Norchia and Caste! d Asso have noble exteriors ; their facades are like Egyptian temples cut out of the cliff, but their interiors are of minor interest and importance compared to those of Cerveteri and Cornrto, the former reiving chiefly upon sculpture and architectural ornaments, the latter upon painting. It is computed that there yet remain more than a hundred thousand tombs of the city of the Tarquins, the noble Etruscan family which gave kings to Rome. A vast number of them remain undisturbed and unex plored. The tombs of Caere and Tarquinii (Cerveteri and Corneto) are not easy to find unless they have tumuli over them, for they are deep down in the earth, and the stairways cut in the rock which lead down to them have long since been filled with earth by the elements, if, indeed, they were not filled in by their owners, like the tombs of Carthage. The Etruscans, like the Romans, seem to have buried their dead out side their cities.

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Museum ; they are, some of them, extremely fine and among the most striking monuments of prehistoric Italy. When I say prehistoric I do not mean that they antedate the history of Rome, but that no history has survived about them. Except for the absence of paintings, they are far more imposing than the tombs of Corneto, both within and without. Above the soil many of them have well-marked tumuli, here and there with their bases encased in low walls. Underground they frequently h^ve more than one chamber. Some have columns and arches cut in the rock like the wonderful gallery of tombs at Palazzolo Acreide in Sicily. Others have regular houses in them, with rooms and door-holes, and window-holes cut in the rock. Some have more than one story ; some are surrounded by tiers or niches like a theatre, on which fine sarcophagi are still stand ing to show the uses to which they were put. One tomb contains beautiful sarcophagi ; one described above has its walls covered with stucco reliefs of the bronze articles used to furnish earlier tombs. Some are like chapels in the Catacombs. There is a marked likeness between the pagan rock tombs of Sicily and the rock tombs of Etruria.

The painted tombs of Corneto give us the most interesting pictures which have come down to us in Italy or Greece, for they are not only mythological, but the best of them are taken up with the life of the Etruscans. It is conjectured that the banqueting and dancing, and horse races and athletic sports, all of them, formed part of funeral ceremonies. If this is so, it increases the impression of the Etruscan levity about death to which I alluded above. But there are also fishing and hunting scenes, from one of which we know


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that the Etruscans used birds in fishing as the Chinese use cormorants to-day.

Some of the most famous paintings in the Corneto tombs have- fortunately been reproduced on the walls of the Gregorian Museum ; I say fortunately, because they have begun to fade since they have been freed from the soil.

At least twenty of the painted tombs of Corneto (Tarquinii have been cleared out ; they have the stones which used to close them in Biblical fashion, replaced by a locked iron door, whose key is kept by a govern ment custoitc : there are innumerable others which have not been cleared out. It is only the earth which has been cleared out ; the scorpions and serpents remain. I counted thirty scorpions, looking like black, baby land-lobsters, in one tomb ; they were hibernating in sight serpents hibernate out of sight. Hut the custode told us that they always take refuge in the tombs from the heat of the summer days. He described the tombs as being alive with them. Timid people can avoid this by visiting the tombs in winter, which is really the best time, as the grass is short ; in the early summer it comes up past your knees, thickly spangled with the most glorious wild flowers ; and then, if it rains, nothing can keep you dry.

When you go down into a Corneto tomb there are steps which lead you twenty or thirty feet underground. The custode unlocks the door and lights an acetylene flare : it does not look so well in keeping with the tombs as the torches or tapers, or Pompeian lamps, employed in other tombs, but it is much more effective, for by its glare you can see every inch of these long, low, oblong chambers in which you can barely stand upright.


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They are cut out of the rock with slightly concave ceilings, down the centre of which a ridge in the shape of a beam is left. Only a few of the Corneto tombs have any other attempt at architectural ornaments, such as piers or arches. For the most part the walls are left perfectly flat and covered with frescoes like Giotto s chapels. The banqueting scenes are the most interest ing, for they have more of a concerted picture about them ; besides the warrior who reclines on a couch caressing a beautiful woman, there may be various attendants, and all the paraphernalia of a feast. The women have white flesh, the men red. You are left in no doubt that women entered much more publicly into the lives of the Etruscans than into the lives of the Greeks.

Here in the museum you see a sick man being waited upon, and the ceremonies being paid to a corpse, with boxers, wrestlers, horse-racers, and many men and women. But the splendid figures of gods in the Grotto del Oreo, the finest of all Etruscan frescoes, are not reproduced. The best of these Etruscan pictures show the beauty of the women as the Pompeian frescoes never succeed in doing.

There is one point at which the Etruscans fire the most common-place imagination their working in gold : there is no jewellery so beautiful, apart from the effects produced by costly gems, like diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and pearls, as the typical Roman jewellery, which is a direct imitation of the Etruscan. The stones it employs are usually opaque stones of moderate value, like lapis-lazuli, malachite, and coral ; it relies for its effects on fine, bright gold with Etruscan chasing, and encrusted ornamentation of roses, and so on, each made separately and delicately soldered on. Or it sometimes


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abandons stones altogether, and reproduces, with ex quisite art, natural objects like rams heads, crawling snails, or oak leaves and acorns.

The golden objects in the centre case of the Gregorian Museum, like many of the finest bronzes in the room, came from the Regulini-Galazzi tomb at Cerveteri, which Dennis, in his Cities and Cemeteries of Ktruria," * alls the remarkable Pelasgic tomb at Cerveteri. The most striking object in the case is a large gold breast plate -mbossed with twelve bands of figures sphinxes, goats, Hying horses, panthers, deer, and winged demons ; it suggests the sacred breast-plate of Aaron, the High Priest, described in the Bible, which was to be " four square, measuring a span each way." It is an exquisite piece of antique work in beaten gold. It^ low reliefs belong to the earlier Pelasgic, or Tyrrhene style of Ktniscan jewellery, which Signor Castellani would not allow to be Ktruscan, because it was also found at Palestrina, Cumae, and elsewhere in Italy, and in Egypt, Assvria, Phoenicia, and the Crimea. Dennis, in his immortal book on Ktruria, says : " The materials em ployed in this Tyrrhene style are gold, silver, bronze, amber, ivory, and variegated glass. The style is easily recognized by its elegant form, the harmony of its parts, and the purity of its design, but chiefly by the marvellous fineness and elaboration of its workmanship. The patterns, which are always simple yet most elegant, and admirably harmonious, are wrought by soldering together globules or particles of gold, so minute as hardly to be perceptible to the naked eye, and by the interweaving of extremely delicate threads of gold ; and are sometimes, but sparingly, interspersed with

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enamels. Tiny figures of men, animals, or chimeras, exquisitely chased in relief or in the round, form another and favourite feature in the ornamentation. On a close inspection, this jewellery astonishes and con founds by its wonderful elaboration ; at a little distance it charms the eye by its exquisite taste, and the graceful character and harmony of its outlines. In fact, it is the perfection of jewellery, far transcending all that the most expert artists of subsequent ages have been able to produce.

" To this style belongs the most beautiful jewellery discovered in Etruria, and elsewhere in Italy, such as the gold ornaments from the Regulini-Galassi tomb, now in the Museo Gregoriano, and those, still more beautiful, recently found at Palestrina, and now ex hibited at the Kircherian Museum at Rome.

" Signor Castellani points out that the Hindoo jewel lery, even of the present day, bears no slight resemblance to this ancient style. Though inferior in execution, and betraying a decline of taste, the method of soldering minute grains or fine threads of gold, mixed with enamels, to the object, is precisely that employed by the Tyrrhenes of old.

" The genuine Etruscan jewellery, says Signor Castellani, is very inferior both in taste and execution to that of the Tyrrhene style, of which it is a corruption. There is the same sort of relation between these styles that the works of the great painters of the cinquecento bear to those of the following centuries. The mode of workmanship is the same, yet the style is so degenerated that it may be pronounced barocco. No longer are there the minute granulations, the delicate thread work, the charming simplicity in form and design which mark the


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earlier style. These are exchanged for forms of greater breadth and fulness ; the purity of the lines gives place to the artificial and turgid, and the whole, though it makes a more striking appearance, has far less elegance, harmony, and elaboration.

Etruscan jewellery is of two descriptions, domestic and sepulchral : the former most substantial and durable, the latter very light and flimsy witness the wreaths of gold leaves found encircling the helmets of illustrious warriors. The amber, coloured glass, enamel, and ivory, used in the preceding style are rare in this, and give place to gems chiefly garnet, onyx, and cornelian. Among the ornaments for personal use are ear-rings of various forms and dimensions, large fibulae and brooches, massive gold rings, lentoid or vase-shaped fntl/,n\ agate sctirabai ; but in all these productions an inflated and artificial style, marking the decline of the art, is conspicuous."

He mentions a curious fact, that the manufacture of this jewellery has never ceased to go on in a little town of the t mbrian Marshes, called S. Angelo in Vado. Its manufacture in Rome probably had not begun in Dennis s day ; but now it is one of the chief minor industries of Rome, and in the last year or two the manu facture of Etruscan tiaras of golden oak leaves, or rose leaves, has, at any rate spread to England and America, and become quite a feature of the season s fashions. In this very treasure there is a remarkable head-dress com posed of two oval plates united by broad bands, richly embossed, and decorated with minute appliqut figures of birds and lions. There are also massive gold chains, necklaces, bracelets, ear-rings, and fibulae, decorated with extraordinarily delicate Tyrrhenian work ; many


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rings, and a portion of a gold veil or dress. Most of the fibulae on brooches are in the form of gliding snails. Rings with revolving scarabaei of engraved cornelian were popular among the Etruscans. Marvellous is the glitter of this treasure buried for two or three thousand years. Here, too, are many silver cups, saucers, and bowls from the same tomb ; some of them are gilt inside, some are quite plain ; others have relief in repousse work of processions and hunting, pronounced to be a Phoenician imitation of Egyptian work, but bearing Etruscan inscriptions. From the same tomb came the bronze couch near the door, doubtless used for a corpse ; four tripods, each supporting a huge caldron of bronze with dragon s head handles ; six large and four smaller shields, embossed with reliefs ; a huge incense burner, and other objects.

I do not remember if any of the splendid mirrors preserved in the museum were found in this tomb. Roughly speaking, they are almost identical with the mirrors of silvered bronze used by the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Carthaginians, and the modern Japanese. In other words, the)/ are like circular hand glasses with a long handle at the bottom. Some of them still retain traces of their silvering, but in most cases the bronze is too much eaten away to show it. The backs and edges are more important than the fronts. The edges are generally embossed in some way, or surrounded with reliefs ; the backs have either an incised decoration of pictures cut in outline, like those of the famous Prseneste casket in the Kircherian Museum at Rome, or reliefs ; some, of course, are plain. In one instance in this museum the handle consists of a nymph who is holding a smaller glass in her hand.


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The mirror ornamented with a relief of Aurora carry ing the body of her son Memnon, is interesting, because some take it to be the original of the Pieta of the Virgin holding the Body of Our Lord.

But the crowning glory of Gregory XVI. s museum for the real antiquary lies in its matchless collection of Greek vases and bowls. The wealthy Etruscans, especially those of Vulci, seem to have spent immense sums on importing the finest products of the potteries of Athens and Corinth. There are unique Corinthian pieces here, and many gems from the potteries of the Ceramicus. I shall not attempt to catalogue even the most famous of them : 1 will only say that for the study of Greek painting one can find no more wonderful trea sure-trove than the vessels for water and wine of the Museo Gregoriano ; while for the study of forms of perfect grace created by the potter, the Cyliccs, or drinking cups, in this collection are absolutely matchless.

There are, of course, many vases of Ktruscan manu facture, imitating the Greek both in form and decora tion, but singularly inferior in grace.

I must confess that 1 have never been able to pro perly appreciate Greek vase paintings. But of their importance what student could be insensible ? For, until the discovery of the hoards of terra-cotta statuary at Tanagra and Myrina, vase paintings and a few reliefs in marble were all we had to go upon for our knowledge of Greek domestic life. Painting is not like literature : in books the good writer omits the obvious ; in painting the good artist must introduce the obvious or his picture is untrue. The artist has to present the whole picture : the author often only mentions exceptions. The Greeks were especially liable to ignore domestic details, because


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the men were so undomesticated ; they spent their entire day in public. They lived at their gymnasium and dined at their club ; they were almost as averse as Arabs to talking about the women of their family. Except those of the Homeric age, you might study all the Greek authors necessary for public school and Oxford examinations without coming across a single description of the plan or etiquette of a Greek home. Nor did the vase-painters consciously pourtray the domestic life around them ; but they constantly repre sented the domestic life of their gods, and they drew it from their own. I should have mentioned the cinerary urns, some of which in bronze, a foot or two long and high, give faithful representations of Etruscan temples and houses, especially interesting because those who are familiar with Japan cannot fail to be struck with the resemblance of the Etruscan temples to those Shinto temples, which preserve the primitive type, while one urn in the form of an Etruscan house found at Chiusi might stand for the representation of a Japanese residence of to-day.


INDEX.


INDEX.


,\BBREVIATOR! DEL PARCO MAGGIORE, IS 1 -

Abbreviatori del Titolari, 151. Ablegate, 98, 99. Ablutions, 234. Abraham, sacrifice of, 267. Academic degrees, 171. Acceptasne electionem de te canonice factam in Summum Pontificem ?

83-

" Accepto in crucem, 83. Acqua alle Funi ! " 209. Acqua Paola Fountain, 373. Acts of the Apostles, 329. Acts of the Church, 225. Adam and Eve and the Serpent in

Paradise, 268.

Ad Caput Beati Petri," 264. Administration of the Vatican, viii. \dolphus, Gustavus, library of, 290.

321.

Adoration of the Magi, The (fresco), 437, 439 ; not the work of Pin- turicchio, 439. Ad Pompam Cardinal members of

the Sacred Congregations, 150. S. Adriano, 93. Aelian Bridge, 219, 230. S. Agata at Catania, TOO. S. Agata alia Suburra, 92. Agliardi, Cardinal Antonio. 88, 150,

171.

S. Agnesefuori le Mura, 90, 225, 277. S. Agostino, 91. Agria, Archbishop of. 92. Agrippa, Lake of, in thr Campus

Martius, 378. Agrippina, 189, 190. Alagna (Anagni), 281. Alatri, Bishop of, 397. Alba Longa, 369. \lban Lake, 369.

Albani, Cardinal Alessaiidro, 60, OS- Albani, Giovanni Francesco (Pope

Clement XL), ^13- Albani, Prince, 384. S. Albano, 284. Albano, Bishop of, 88. Alberti, Leon Battista, Florentine architect, 241, 260, 306, 316; his book on Florentine architecture, 241 ; why he wished Nicholas V. to destroy Old St. Peter s. 241.


Albigenses, 255.

Alcuin, 244.

Aldobrandini, Cardinal Cmzio, in, 119, 337 ; garden of the Villa, 368, 370; Ippolito (Pope Clement VIIL).

2IO.

Alexander, Czar, 327.

Alexander the Great, 337.

Alexander III., 48, 50, 234, 279, 399.

Alexander VI. (Rodngo Borgia), 8, 14. so, 52, 130, 192, 200, 223, 255, 285. 286, 292, 360, 367, 427, 437, 438, 444 ; death of, 429 ; ghost of, 130 ; letter to Pinturicchio, 428 ; portrait by Pinturicchio, 285, 431, 433 ; room in which he died, 445 ; por traits of his sons Giovanni, Cesare, and Jofre in the Sala dei Misteri, 438.

Alexander VII. (Chigi), 17, 18, 212. 229, 249, 251, 252, 321, 360, 391 ; patron of Bernini, 212 ; monument to contain St. Peter s Chair, 249.

Alexander VIIL (PietroOttoboni), 213.

3 I2 > 34 S-

Alexandria, Patriarch of, 77. Alexandrine art, 338. Alexandrine collection, 30, 325. Alfred the Great of England, 232, 236 ;

the effect of Rome on his child s

mind, 233 ; in Rome twice, 232. Algardi, 18. Alia Vene-dana, 350. Alma Roma, 292. Almanacco Italiano, 145. ^5, xiit. Almoner, 173. Aloes, 376. Altar of Clement VIIL in the Chapel

of St. Peter s Tomb in the Crypt,

254.

Altar of the Confessio, 73. Altar front for Pap^il functions, 411. Altar of the Holy Sacrament, 81. Altemps, Prince, 384. Altieri, Emilio (Pope Clement X.),2i3. Ambassadors to the Court of Italy,

113; to the Holy See, n, 27, 56,

loo, no, 113, 117. H3. 399 :

Spanish, 191. S. Ambrogio at Milan, Paliotto of,

236.

Ambrosian Library of Milan, 362. America, South, Bishops in, 66. Amianto, 324.


4/o


INDEX.


Anacletus, Pope, 104, 250.

Anagni. Cathedral of. 282.

Anapni, ( .rand Old Man of, 281.

S. Anasta.sia. 90. 04.

Aucona, 284

SS. Andrea e Creporio al Monte Celio,

OT.

S. Andrea delle Yalle. 301.

S. Andrew, head of, .-.15. 292, <oi ; preserved in one of the piers <>1 the dome, 293 ; its reception w vn i-roupht to Koine 203 ; a new pro- tec tor to Koine, 2(;^.

\neniones, ;. ;-8.

\ngeli, Monsipnor. 151.

\npelico, Lra. S. 15, 20. ic>.x. ;<>o, ^12, v i ! . ,- i . 4s i ; his master; iece, 314 In- tomb in S. Maria Sopra Minerva,

i ; ; Midi el Aiu-elo, Mi no da Fiesole,

all from Ktruscan cities, 451.

\npelini, Monsipnor I ietro. 149.

\npclo, Michel, 8, 29, 44, 203, 207, 208. 330. 378, 396, 399. |(xi, 401, 408, 410. 423. 440. 451 ; conversion "I St. Paul by. l< <>. 401 , crucifixion <>t St. 1 eter. 4(0. 401 ; Ltruscans wi i:ld have revelled in his Last Judgment. .1 ; i ; Ktruscan in his ploomy imagination. 451 ; Ktrnscan in his love <if the immense. 451 as fond of Sibyls and Prophets as the 1- truscans of pcnii and aupnrs. 452 ; Last Judgment (if, 20. K.O. 207, 208, 408, 451 : says he is too old to frcM ( > I M.

\npelo, Sant , castle of (w SANT ANGELO).

^ . Ai!)ji lo in I eschena. < , S. Aiirclo in \"ada. 4^ 2. \i pi.iilara , Prince. 384. Air,( i; the t:i^t str:at(i:al i.iniih d,

(ii brace Christianity. 22t>. 248

sarcophapus of, 22^, 248. \m<ius Probns, four times I refect of

Kome. 220, 248. \n j( ii. f liai 1< s of, 40. " Annunciatii n " of the Morpia I\oonis

! he, 23, 437. 4?(A St. Anthony, temptation of, 442.

Antic amera <! Cnore, 19, icj ; Nobile, 105 ; of the Pope, 79 ; Sepreta, 20. 41, 152.

Antinous, 34.

Antioch, Patriarch oi. ,

Antonelli. Cardinal, 327.

Antoniano, Cardinal, 221, 202.

Antoninu," novel of Rome, by Wilkie Collins, xii.

Apollo Belvedere, 9, 34, 203.

Apollo Sauroctomis, 34.

Apollo, temple of, IQI, 225.

Apostle, body of the, 260.


Apostle of Learning (Nicholas V .) vn. Apostles, miniatures of the, 320. Apostles Creed, lepend of the. painted

in the Borgia Rooms, 448. \postles, Prince of the 29? statue

of. 257.

Apostle s tomb. ~ \ 262. 263 206 objects blessed by touching the 264. SS. XII. Apostoli. 8c;. 2;o no

piazza of. 320. Apostolic simplicity, 12. 58. \ppartamenti Borgia. Sec ISOKMIA,

APARTMENTS.

Appointments to Benefices. 172 Vniila. I ; ontana dell , 374. \<uiileia, Patriarch of, 270. Aquinas. S. Thomas, 330, ^57, MJO . " An:;elic Doctor" 3^7 ; statu* of. 3 50.

Araco h Library. >".- < LmuAKii^s. Ara//i, 2(1.

\r;\//\, C .alleria d< -Ii. ,S ,v C.AI.I KHIKS- Arcades. P.ramante s, 18. Arch of C.allienus, 337. \rchbishop of Westminster. chnpt> r

bv. vi.. viii. Archbishops, 151. Archiatro, 42. Archi-diaconu-, 87.

Arc hi-Ospedale di Santo Spinto, 231 Archives, 5, 31. 33. 320. 323, 325. 349. J53, 354. 358, 360, 366, viii. ; of the Apostolical Secretaries, 359, 3(10, left at Assisi, 359 ; taken to Avignon, 3sO ; of the Camera Apostolica,

<,i; of the Cancelleria, 359; of

< lenient VIIL, 3?<K 3^x1; of the Patana, 172, 301 ; of the (iardaroba, 350. 3(10 ; of the Lateran, 358 , Leo XIII. s addition to the, 301 ;

>f the letters of Cardinals. Princes,

etc., 3^*} ; of the Nuncios, 3^9, 360 . order preserved by Marini of the, 301 ; of St. Peter s, 419 ; recovered from Avignon by Pius VI., 361 restored through Knpland, 361 ; at Sant Anpelo, 359, 301 ; none sent to Sant Angelo after Paul V. s time, U>) ot the Secretariat of the Briefs, 3^-0 ; of the Secretariat of State, 360 ; transfer by Napoleon to Paris ot the, 361.

Archivio. See ARCHIVES. Archivists, 117.

Arch-priest of the Basilica Patriarchate Liberiana (S. Maria Mapgiore), 88 , of the Patriarchal Basilica of the Lateran, 88 ; of the Patriarchal Basilica of the Vatican, 89. Argenti, 272. Ariadne, 34, 203. Aristide. See ARISTJDES. Aristides, 341, 343 ; statue of, 335


INDEX.


" Arithmetic," 446.

Ark presented to Pius IX. by French

clergy, 25. Aries, 77.

Armagh, Archbishop of, 89. Armeria, 36.

Armouries, 22, 323, 349, 426. Arnold of Brescia, 284, 287. Arnolfo di Lapo or Arnolfo di Cambio.

See LAPO.

Arretium (Arezzo), 452. Arsenal of the Canonists, 164. " Art of the Vatican," The, by Mary- Knight Potter, x. Artists as critics, 434. " Ascension, The" (fresco), 437. " Assertio Septem Sacramentorum adversus Martinum Lutherum," 334- Assisi, 3^9 ; one of Nicholas V. s

fortresses, 278. Assistente-Perpetuo, 166. Associations Cultuelles, 183 ; the Pope

on the, ix. " Astrology," 447. " Astronomy," 447. " Assumption of the Virgin," The

(fresco), 437, 439- Assyria, 460. Athens, pottery of, 464. Athos, hermits of Mount, 126. Atrium of Old St. Peter s. See OLD

ST. PETER S. Atrium Vests, Peter s Pence found

in the, 233.

Attila, repulse of, 26, 244. Audience with the Pope, dress for, 131 ; etiquette at an, 135 ; invita tion for, 131 ; to obtain, 131. Audience, Papal, 20. Audience, photographs not allowed at,

136.

Audience, public, 131. Audience Room. See GALLEKIOLA. Audience, special, 132. Auditor-General, 149. S. Augustine, Father of the Church.

94 ; of Canterbury, 77. S. Augustine s Commentary on the

Psalms, 362.

Augustinians, 62, 147, 407. Augustus, 261.

Aula della Beatiricazione, 28. Aula Dei, 401. \ula Magna, 27. Aula Minor, 28. Aurelio, Cesare, 350. Aurelius, Marcus. See MARCUS. Austria, Emperor of, Si, 353 : Francis Joseph of, 334 ; Maria Thorese of, 405. Austria exercises the Veto at a Papal

election, 65, 67, 81. Author, the, his attitude to the Church of Rome, viii. ; the Middle Ages his


favourite study, viii. ; not a iv >man Catholic, viii. Autograph hunters at an audience.

135- Autograph of Henry VI IT., 329, 334.

344- Autographs of Petrarch and Lasso,

329 ; of S. Thomas Aquinas. 330. Aaixanius of Aries, 77. Avignon, 6, 57, 197, 237, 359, 3<x>,

361, 399 ; palace of, 10, r$, 296, 297. Avignon Popes, xviii. Azienda Generale della Reverenda

Camera, 92.

BACILIERI, CARDINAL, 91.

Baden, Duke of, 353.

Bajazet II., Sultan, 201, 249, 203 .

296, 381, 443. S. Balbina, 93. Balcony, 34. Baldachin, 71, 105, 422. Baldachin of St. Peter s. S, ST.

PETER S BALDACHIN. Baldachin over the Volto Santo, 296. Ballots, 64, 70, 71, 82; for Papal

election, form of, 68 ; for Papal

election, 68, 69 ; to elect Leo XIII..

82 ; to elect Pius X., 82. Baltimore, Archbishop of, 89. Baptism of Our Lord, 268. Baracconi, 418. S. Barbara of the Borgia Rooms, 24,

441, 44.2.

Barbarians, The, 260. Barbarossa, Frederick, 231, 234, 285,

399-

Barberini Bees, 324. Barberini, Cardinal Francesco, 212. Barberini, librarian, 322, 323 Barberini Library, 212, 322, 323. Barberini, Maffeo (Urban VIII.), 211. Barberini Palace, 211, 323. Barbo, Marco, Patriarch of Aquileia,

276.

Barbo Pope, The. See PAUL II. Barcelona, Bishop of, 90. Bargelli, 109.

Baroccio, Federigo, 375, 404. Bartholomew, massacre of, 163, 300. Bart>!i, Taddeo, 335. S. Bartolommeo all Isola, 91. Basil, Emoeror, 328, 343 ; conqueror

of the Bulgarians, 331. Basilicas, Ciborium a feature of, 236 ;

what constitutes a, 236 ; have high

altars at the west end, 236 ; Roman,

destroyed bv the Cardinals, 429. Basle, Council of, 283, 307. Bas-reliefs from the Garden of Nero,

256 ; of Our Saviour blessing the

Innocents, 295. Bassus, Junius, the family of, 269 ;

sarcophagus of. Sec JUNIUS BASSUS.


INDEX.


Bathroom of Cardinal Bibiena, 25,

44*, 440.

Baths of Titus. 5rc TITTS. Baths of Trajan. Sir TRAJAN. Bat list nick-, 43.

Bavaria, Duke- Maximilian of. 321. Bavaria, Louis of, 2(;g. Beatifications, ux>, 402. Beaufort. Mis. Pcarde. Sec PKARDK. Beccadi Hi s Li\ y cost 120 ducats,

307;

Bt-taiii. Monsignor Giovanni, 14,^.

Bcllarmm, Cardinal, 221, 262

Bellini (ieiitile, 44}.

Belvedere, Bramante s, 20}. ^54. 40^ ; Cortik- del (.stv ( OKI II.K) , of Inno cent \TII., 33, 34; why so called, if) ; vestibule of tile, 34.

Bembo. Cardinal, 32*.

Benedict ML. 168, 257, 350; founded the Palace ol Avignon. 296 , statue of. 257. 2(/> ; and I rban \". add a Crown to the Papal Tiara, 280,418 throne the most beautitnl in Koine. 257, 207.

Btnedict XIII. (Viiicc-n/o Maria Or- smi.) 213, 360.

Benedict XIV. (Prospero Lanibertinij, 213, 28g, 321 . 324.

Bern-die tmn ol 1-iedcruk Barbarossa by Alexander III. at Venice, painted by C.iuseppc della Porta. $o.<>.

Berlin, pottci y ol, 326.

Bernardino. Sic PIN i TKK.V.HIO.

S. 1 ernardo alle Tcrmc, 02.

Bernini. 11, 17, 18, 25. 27, 28. 212, 213. 237, 251, 308, 403. 4oS, 422; baldachin of, 422 . i andelabri of. 3<y8. 401 , colonnade of. 11. 212. 3< 9 ^i> . 421.

Berretta, ;o, 57 . </8. <;<>. 10^. 105.

Berliner, ( ieneral, 215.

Be>sarion, Cardinal, 27 ;, J<>2, ^ii. 3(12 ; career of. 311; palace-, a refuse lor (ireek scholars exiled by the fall of Constantinople, 311.

Be/a. 1 hcodore de. 347.

Bibiena, Cardinal, patron (it Kaitaelle, 25, 3cji ; bath-room of, 25, 448, 449.

Bible, C.erman, assumed to be in Luther s own hand, 34^, ^47 ; dis credited by its sen i n lo us prayer, 346.

Bible, Hebrew, from the Library of the Lhikis of I rbino, 32(;, 333.

Bible, with miniatures by J mturicchio, 329.

Bible (manuscript), 25 to 40 gold ducats for, 307.

Biblical epigram, 86.

Biblioteca, or Sala di ConsultaT ione, 352,353 , Alexandrina, 321 ; Leonina (ce LEONINE I.IHRAKY); Palatina (sec PALATINK LIHRAKY) , Segreta at Sant Angelo, 359, 360 : Vaticana


(set- VATICAN LIBRARY) , Urluna, founded by the Duke Frederic of Montefeltro, 321.

Bieda, 452.

Bishops, 151.

Bislcti, Monsignor, 127. 140, 142, 146. 258, 390.

Bismarck, 53.

Bisogno, Monsignor liuiseppe de, 149.

Bizamanus, 336.

Blacks, The, 138.

Blessing the lambs at S. Agnese fuon le Mura, 76.

Blessing, the Papal (Trbi et Orbi), 72, 73, ^4. 5, 402.

Bodleian Library, 334.

Boleyn, Anne, 33 ^.

Bologna, Archbishop of, 90.

Bulsena. Mass of, 20.

Bonaparte, Cardinal, 380.

Bonitace 11.. 50, 5 1 .

Bomlace IV.. 294, 295; gives S. Veronica s handkerchief a shrine in the Pantheon, 247.

Boniface VI II., u, 223, 257, 274, 279, .Si, 282, 368, 409; a Caetani, 280, 4(x, ; captured at Anagm by the Colonna, 281 ; Chapel of, 240; adds second Crown to the Papal Tiara, 2X0, 418 ; Bull of, Unum Sanctum, 282 ; Dante s allusion to his indignity at the hands of the Colonna, 281 , destroys Palestrina,

281 ; discovery of his body in the reign of Paul V., 280 , enemy of the Colonna, 281 ; excommunicates Philip the Fair of France, 282 ; Gregorovius" mistake about tomb of 270 , instituted the Jubilee, 280,

282 : mausoleum of, 271; ; mock crucifixion of, 2X1 , patron of art and literature, 281 , picture of, by (.lotto. 2,si, 282 ; Pope who canon- i/ed St. Louis, 280 ; portraits of, several. 282 ; representative of the age ol Dante, 282 ; revives the struggle between the Church and State, 282 ; said, " 11 I die, I will die a Pope," 281 ; sarcophagus of, 280 ; statue ol, in the cathedral at Anagni, 282 ; tomb of, 240, 279, 282.

Boniface IX., sacramentary of. 330. SS. Bonifacio ed Alessio, 92, 95. Books, price of, 307. Bordeaux, Archbishop of, 90. Bordighera provides Master palms,

2 10.

Borghese, Camillo (Pope Paul V.),2ii ; Scipio, 385 ; Villa, 385, 396.

Borgia Apartments (Rooms), 8, n, 14, 16, 21, 22, 23, 25, 32, 33, 123, 200, 217, 285, 296, 314, 354, 357. 36o, 379, 396, 404, 426, 429,


INDEX.


473


434.435.436,437.43 8 .44Q; among the brightest gems in the Vatican, 449 ; the armoury, 426 ; bricked-up door in the, 129 ; built by Nicholas V., 199 ; canvas used in restoration of, 433, 447 ; character of the restora tion of, 431 ; cleared by Leo XIII., 430 ; compared to the Chapel of Nicholas V., Riccardi Chapel, St. Mark s and Cappella Reale, 436 ; damage done to them, 431 ; the difficulties of a library in, 351, 426 ; the fine flower of the Pagan Renais sance in Rome, 450 ; their full effect only seen at night, 450 ; the Guard Room of the Swiss Guard, 426 ; given up to the Car dinal Nephews, 429 ; how the books were removed from, 354, 355 ; in the seventeenth and eighteenth cen tury, 429 ; information very in correct about the, 426 ; Mediaeval Museum of the Papacy, 426 ; the most royal in the Vatican, 450 ; neglected very early, 429 ; when opened, 123 ; panels of in tarsia work almost contemporary with Pintur- icchio, 433 ; pictures blocked up books hopelessly choked and con fused, 426 ; official residence of the Cardinal Secretary of State, 426, 432, 436, 449 ; restoration of the, i 30, 348, 432, 433 ; restoration under Pius VII., 431 ; restored by architect Vespignani and the painter Seitz, 431 ; Spanish tiles, old, 445, 447 ; condition when bookcases were first removed, 432 ; stucco and papier- mache work, 427 ; too dark for picture gallery, 430 ; used for meals of officials in Holy Week, 430 ; used by Pius VII. for picture gal lery, 430 ; used for museum of statuary, 430 ; used for Vatican Library of printed books by Gregory XVI., 430 ; used to receive books of Cardinal Mai, 430 ; Vatican Library of Sixtus IV. ,433; formerly Vatican Library, 23, 130, 217, 352, 426, 440 Borgia arms, 24. Borgia bull, 439, 440, 445 ; and crown,

120, 438.

Borgia, Cesare, 129, 285, 429, 438. Borgia, Giovanni, 429, 438 ; murder

of, 429.

Borgia, Jofre, 438. Borgia, Lucrezia, 285, 367, 444. Borgia, Palace of the, 10. Borgia, Pier Luigi, 438. Borgia Popes, 8, 10, 12, 50, 52, 200,

223, 255, 285, 286, 294, 428 ; Popes

buried in S. Maria di Montserrato,

286.


Borgia tomb, 285.

Borgia tower. See TORRE BORGIA.

Borgo to become a gigantic Papal

city, 198.

Borgo, fire in the, 25. Borromeo, S. Carlo. See CARLO. Boscareccio, 367, 372. Boschi, Cardinal, 91. Bottari, 314.

Botticelli, Sandro, 199, 395, 408- Bourbon, Constable of, 9, 207, 317,

392 ; sack of Rome by, 207, 317, 392. Box hedges, 377. Braccio Nuovo, 16, 33, 202, 216. Bracciolini, Poggio, 7, 278, 307, 308,

311; career of, 307; Facetiae of,

309 ; tribute to Jerome of Prague of,

377-

Bramante, 18, 20, 21, 31, 32, 172, 202, 208, 210, 226, 261, 272, 348, 377 ; cortile of, 387 ; death of, 20, 80 ; Niccio, or esedra of, 377 ; Tempietto of, 191, 286.

Braschi, Angelo (Pope Pius VI.), 214.

Braschi, Jean, who followed the pro fession of Pontiff, 215.

Breakspear, Nicholas, of St. Albans (Hadrian IV.), 284.

Bregno, 199, 363, 408, 445 ; screen of, 408.

Bremen, 327.

Bresca, a sailor from Bordighera, 209.

Brescia, 284, 287.

Breslau, Bishop of, 90.

Bressan, Monsignor, 142.

Brevi ai Principi, description of, 174 ; secretary of, 142.

Breviary of Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary, 328.

Bribery invalidates election of a Pope,

50.

Briefs, 38, 7?, 109, 178, 361 ; de scription of, 173 ; Papal secretary of the, 92.

Brill, or Bril, Paul, 403, 408.

Brittany, Anne of, 201.

Bronze gate. See PORTONE DI BRONZO.

Bruno (Gregory V.), 287.

Bull, 50, 53, 75, 109. 150- 172, 173- 259; what a Papal Bull is like, 173.

Bull Apis, 24, 440

Bull, Consutturi, to settle rules foi the Conclave to elect Pope, 53.

Bull, fmmensa Aeterni Dei, 158.

Bull, registered, " par voie secrete," 360.

Bull, signing of the, 1 50.

Bulla, 173.

Bunsen, 244.

Buoncompagni Pope (sec GREGORY XIII.), 208.

Bureau of Ecclesiastical Affairs Ex traordinary, 117, 119; of Secre taries of State, 119.


474


INDEX.


Bussola. n>

Bussolanti. n; ; dress ol, 132.

Busts, Hall ot the. >V, SMA DFI

HfSTI.

Bute, Marquess ot. 4 u. Byzantine embroideries, 417 manu script. i20. Byzantium, 27^ . jS j.


( AKIN I-.I ot the Papin. 5^5.

adv-alla. Kmj, ,.| tin- \Ve-,t Saxons,

bapti/ed at ( >ld St. Peter s. 2*1. ( acre (Cerveten), 452. Cat-re, tombs deep in the earth. .(, >. Ca-sar. J uliu-v n/ >. j; j . toml> ot

210, ~v * aesareo, </>, . , j in i .il.it 10. . ; ;.

i alfarclli, 1 i m. -, 584.

mo de Xzevedi >. ( animal (i . 9$.

( alendar. i <> ^ ; ; ;

aliiMil.i . cirrus nl ; i i - -, \ (>l , l(> -

202. 2 . >.

aliL^ula .mil tlii- Vatie.m S. Ca

< .ilixtus 111 . ;; , j; i . j.S ^,

and the V.itir.m

l.il.i.u y, $i,X ; not Alfxander \ i., I h e I : i . ; \ 0:1 i i o i n 1 > . .> X 5

loveh |; a^ments ot toni!> ol, . ^.

I alotta. . . ](M white

83. 09.

Camera A j , , !U ,.,

of.

Camera d>-lle \rti * Snenzr, . .). 4 i ; tl . 4-17-

Carneia di-ll,i \ita della Madonna. . ^ 124.

C.ini"i.i de la \ ita del Sand, j \

Camenei i d ( )nore. j > . in .tlnto Paonax/o. i ; . ; extra I di Spa l i e Cappa ( i . di niiin- j. .superiiiimerar\- j. i ^ j.

Camel ici i

I ai tccipnnti, i.j j i .;;, i ; i di Spada e i appa ( i . di nui 2. supernumerarv). i;j, di Sj\ula e Cappa I .n : ecipant i. 1 5 j.

< ami >an,i i i I .; ot lier^. j i ~ , 4 ; ; : sn: M >hed

most objects in i-.trusi an Museum in the Vatican, j ; ; , -ai den. 455.

Campo (iei l- ion, i

Campo \ ;u chino the old name for the l "<>runi, ;S ].

Campoii. .Mon->igni;r (imlio, 150.

Cancellei : i ;o, K>2, i >;, 104,

lOq, K)o. i<>- . ir,,s. 170. 171 , 17 j; Ajios- tolica, duties ot, 150, 172 : Apos- tolica, its stall, 151 ; archives of the. 359^

Candelabri. Cialleria dei. Set- C.AI.-

LERIA CANDEI.ABRr.

Candelabri, exquisite-ness of, 396.


Canonical institution. ij<>. Canonization, nx), toi. 157, 108, 402. ( anossa, 250; Castle of, 2gi. ("anova, statues of, 34. Canova .-. Stuart monument. 225. 2<xj C. anute. 232, 233, 234 , visits St.

1 eter s, 234. Capanna, 335.

Capecelatro. Cardinal. Sc^. <)4. 171. Capellari, ( ardmal Mauro. of). 217

(became ( ;re.i;orv XVI.).

ol, decorations, the same as

to-day. 3X2 ; s^reat bell of the, 40. ( appa Manila. <m, 102. Capjn !la della Beat itica/ione. 401, 402. < appella i lemeiitma, i.^>. Cappella (Ire^onana. 248. Cappella I.eotima. > , , CHATKI , I.KO-

\r. ( appella di Nuvoli . V. Scr I M \I-KI

or- NK MOI \s V.

I aolma. .S < . CM.M-KI., I AO

C.appella della 1 ietn ot St. I eter x

Cappeil.i Keale. >Vc I .M.KKMO. KOV.M CiiAri.i. OK.

iella Sistina. Stt CMAPKI., Sis T i N K .

( appellant Secret i. [ q i.

( appellant Sei;reti d Onore. 152.

Cappellam Se^reti d Onore extra I rbem. i ; 2.

Cajipello I )iu ale, .J KK

C.ipponi e( >lleeti< in , jo, 521 , 525.

i .

C.ipna. An hlndiop of, ,x (> .

Carabimen ot the Italian (iovern ment. i

Caracalla, >(>i . 371) ; baths ot, 2>n I- >\( i. Me iiisignor, -

Car. id.! I tipe, i i . .

mi. MoiiM^nor \k-ssandro, 148, 171.

Cardinal, .iddres-,niL; a new, 102, can Kiilv be a I ro-Nuncio or j ro- Datario. 172 ; the only ex-oliicio, ^ <le:i!ntioii of a, SO ; has stipend as member ot a Congregation, </> mav not set toot on the ground inside Kome. n*> ; may not vote for hi:n-,elt as Pope. 70, S2 ; origin of th- term .tation of a new,

101 .

Cardinal Bishops, 38, 4.^, S6, S/, ,S,S, 03. (;.). MX), tot , 103 ; only one elected Pope before o<>o A.P., 51.

Cardinal Camerlen-, o, 38, 30, 40, 44, 46, 53, 54, 50. 5g, (K). <>2, 63, 71, 79, ^3. X(>. ,SS. KM. 112, 149, 3X5.

Cardinal l)eaconries, 04.

Cardinal Deacons, 38, 48, 70, 72, 78, 7Q, 82. 87, 9^. 94, ioo, 101, 102, 103.


INDEX.


475


Cardinal Dean (i.e., Dean of the Sacred College), 83.

Cardinal di Pietro, 89, 94.

Cardinal Librarian, 79.

Cardinal Minister, 112.

Cardinal Nephew, 96, 108, 109, no. in, 112, 119, 429, 432.

Cardinal Nephew s dinner, A. 120.

Cardinal Priests, 38, 48, 82, 86, 87, 89, 93, 94, TOO, 101, 103.

Cardinal Priests and Deacons often elected Popes, 51.

Cardinal Prisco, 94.

Cardinal Pro-Datario 79, 89, 94. 146, 172.

Cardinal Vicar, 162.

Cardinalates, 87, 95 i offices which lead to the, 95.

Cardinale Padrone, 109, no.

Cardinali di S. K. C. Palatini. 146, 147.

Cardinalis, 88.

Cardinals, 20, 37 ; who accept bribes to be deprived of their dignities, 50 ; all except nine of the Popes elected since Nicholas II. all except one elected since 1378 have been Cardinals, 51 ; always many foreign, 95 ; appointed through the Cardinal Nephews, 1 10 ; attend ants in Conclave, 62 ; before 1870, luxury of, 96 ; everyday business of, v. ; carriages of, 38, 104 ; ceremony of nominating, 97, 98 ; closing the mouths of the new, 103 ; in Conclave, 64 ; create the Pope, 87 ; only created by Pope, 87, 95 ; destruction of the Roman basilicas, 429; dress of, 99, 125; dress in Conclave, 56 ; equipage, 106 ; first duty of, 103 ; former splendour of,

104 ; gardens of, 367 ; green at elec tion of a Pope, 62 ; violet at elec tion of a Pope 62 ; have privilege of attending Congregations if in Rome, 159; income of, 96; call Kings "my dear cousin," 106 ; letters at Conclave, 62 ; no limit of age to, 97 ; of London, etc., in the Middle Ages, 95 ; are " Most Eminent," 106 ; not always created in Middle Ages, 95 ; numbers of, 87, 06 ; origin of the numbers of, 96 ; not in Rome, inaugurating of, 99 ; palace of, in the old davs, 104,

105 ; in Petto, 87, 98 ; still take precedence of Bishops and Arch bishops and Patriarchs, 106, 121 ; precedence of, in France, 107 ; are " Princes," 106 ; retainers of, in numerable, 105, 120 ; seldom seen,

106 ; robes for mass for dead Pope, 411 ; rings of, 103 ; smoking-room of, 21, 22 ; style of architecture, 374 ;


Cardinal taking possession of his titular church, 104 ; three announce ments to new, 98 ; three orders of, 38, 41, 101 ; throne of, 104, 105 , in the Conclave, thrones of, 64 umbrellas of, 104, 106 ; votes of, 49.

Cardinals benches, 102.

Cardinals, College of. Sec SACRED COLLEGE.

Cardinals di Curia, 86, 96 ; cannot leave Rome without Pope s permis sion, 1 59.

Cardinals Gentiluomo, 105.

Cardinals Gentiluomini di toga, 121.

Cardinals Hat, 99, 102, 385.

S. Carlo Borromeo, 4, 108, 375, ^7.

Carmelite Order, 90.

Carmine of Florence,. 315, 392.

Carnot, President, 327.

Carpegna collection, 324.

Carthage, 234 ; tombs of (tombs spared by the Romans), 195, 456.

Casanas y Pages, Cardinal, 90.

Casino Borromeo. Sec. Pius IV. Casino of).

Casino of Leo XIII. , 200, 371.

Casino del Papa, 200.

Casino Pio. See Pius IV.

Cassa, 172.

Cassetta, Cardinal, 89.

Castel D Asso, 452 ; tombs at, 450.

Castel Gandolfo, 36, 114.

Castellani, Signor, 460, 461.

Castiglione, Conte Baldassare, 204.

Castiglione, Francesco Saverio (after wards Pius VIII.), 217.

Castle of Sant Angelo. See SANT ANGEI.O, CASTLE OF.

Catacombs, antiquities from, 8, 336.

Catafalque, 44, 45, 49.

Catania, Archbishop of, 91.

St. Catherine came from Alexandria 440 of the Borgia Rooms, 24 440 the Dispute of, 26, 428, 439. 443 lovely figure of, 444.

St. Catherine, Lucrezia Borgia, 443.

Catholic Association, 139.

Caudatario, 142.

Cavagnis, Cardinal, 93.

Cavalcanti, Cardinal Arcaverde dt Albuquerque, 92.

Cavalcata, 74, 382, 383, 386 ; descrip tion of a, 385 ; the last, 382.

Cavallerizzo Maggiore di S. S. (Grand Master of the Horse to his Holiness)

43, 153-

Cavicchioni, Cardinal, 91. S. Cecilia, 89, 222. Cefalu, 293.

Celebration of Masses, 162. Celestine III., 197. Cellini, Benvenuto, 9, 335, 413 ; brooch

of gold, 412 ; candlesticks of, 416

casket of, 76, 77, 245.


476


IXDKX.


( jnci, I Sea trice, 2 i<>.

Censer, 2 14.

Cephalus and Procris, 23, 43;.

Ceramiciis, potteries of, 464.

Certaldo, Johannes di, 329.

Cerveten, 452. 453; I nnce of, 152,

tombs at, 4:3. i;f> ; tombs of, then

characteristics, 457; remarkable

Pclasgic tomb at. 4 > () . ervini Po[ c (Marcellus II.). 274. ( estius. pvramid of Cains. 192, \<>\. Cliainbei lams. 3,^3. assistant. $8 } .

honoiaiy. 384. 1 hancellorship ot the Canrellcria Apos-

tolica is titular, attached to Arch bishopric ot ( c ilogne. i :i >. handlcrv. i -ather, " Pilgrims \Valk>

in Koine." xi.

hapel ot the Anicii, mortuary. 220. Chapel ol St. P.laise, 272. hapel of the Canons 45. ( hapel, Choir. 4; , 4 ,. Chapel, Coloiina-C.ietaiii. in the Crypt

ot St. 1 eter s. 273. hapel of the I Inly Sacrament 14 4;

248. . ,.

Chapel ot John VII.. mosaic in. 242. 1 hapel. l.conme. 28, ^4, }<>X. 401 .

\ 11. hapd ot S. M.ma della 1 < .< c i.it.i . 224.

293, 290, 207. hapel of S. Mary of the Women with

Child (S. Maria Prcgnantium), 293,

204. 295. > hapel ot N K h, ,]as \ s, 15, 20, i<>S.

3M. 3 4. 43 f >- hapel. I aolme (built by Antonio da

Sanralloi. ..- 20, <r . ; (; . t,i . t,^ ,s i .

<- >( 7 - "" i ~ ?<><). 4<x). 401. 407 ^ n. . u li.it u^ed tor, v/J. hapel ot St. I eter s Toml), 1(^4. 2IO.

225, .;.!. 259 hapel ot the I omb ot St. Ivtcr. the

v| < nd t i adle ot Christianity. . ^4. haj < 1 o| St. I .tronilla. K; .. 2 hapel of the 1 ieta, 247, . Cha] el of S. I ins \ .. 30, 325,

hapel ot t h< I ( ipe, private, ly. C hapel ot the Presentation. 4;. . JQ. . .hapel of SS. 1 iocessus and Martmian.

245. 1 hapel U iccardi at Idorence. ^14,

43^>.

Chapel Salvatonno, 207. Chapc-1, Sistine. S, 10, i^, 2.S, 2<j, 30,

4- . 43. 44. 47. $$. " >3. 73. 76, Xo. 81 , ioi , IQQ, 3 I g i

343. 353. 354. 39- . 3<; ; . 598 401, 414. 427, 440, vi. ; exterior as plain as a packing-case, 423 ; Last Judg ment in the, 29, 190. 207, 208 ; photographing the. 353 ; Stein- mann s work on the, 35 } ; treasury of. Sft SISTINE TREASURY.


Chapel of the Tomb in the Crypt, 204, 205 , description of, 265.

Chapel of the Volto Santo, 242. 291 mosaic in, 242.

Chaplains. 40.

Chapter House. 414.

Charlemagne, 25. 230. 242, 243, 250 , coronation of, 25, 417 ; epitaph on Hadrian I. of, 2,0, 242. 24^.

Charles V., 52.

Charles VIII.. King of I-Yance, on the Borgia Rooms, 428.

Charles the Bald, 233.

Charles Kdward, born at Rome. 2Sc> buried nrst at h rascati, 290 ; a drunkard lor forty years, 289 ; re mains ot, transferred to St. Peter s, 290 . White Rose Society keeps fresh tlo\\er.-, on his grave, 290.

Charle.-, III. (Young Pretender), 222.


289.

Chaile-


X.,


291,


( harlet, Cardinal, } ^j.

( liarlie. Pionme Prince. 222.

Charlotte ot Cyprus, 224,

329 Chiaramonti, Pope (.s cc I J irs VIII.),

21, 213.

Chiesa, Mi^nsignor Giacomo della, 147.

Clllgl (SCt Al.KXANDKR \" I I . ) , 17, 212.

Chigi, 1 rince, ;o. <K). 03, 391. ( higi-Albani. Prince, i 53. Chiusi. lUruscan house at.

museum ot, 4; 5. Choir of the Cani ins, . \<>. Christ rejiresented as

beardles-, man, 207 . ( hristendnin, the most powerful Car


455


young and


Christian painting^ in the Vatican

I.ibr.iry. ^,S7 ; remains in the Crypt,

l-.arly, 2 >o . ^ultermgs of, 190. Christians, h.arly, did not erect tombs

in the churi lies themselves, 238. Chi istiatnty s lloly ot Holies, 239. Christina ot Sweden, -224, 290,

321. ?4^; becjiieathed (iustavus

Adolphus s library to the Vatican,

2<; ). 32^, 345 ; buried in the Crypt

of St. Peter s, 290. Christmas, .Miss ( irace, 125, 125. Church, government in other countries

ot, 105 ; introduction of images and

statues into, io,S. Cibonum ot Innocent VIII. for the

Holy l.ance, 272 : for Volto Santo.

250, 268.

Cibonum of Sixtns IV., 272. Cibonum which contained the shroud

that wrapped Our Lord s Body,

296. Cicero, 189, 307 ; " Letters ad

Famihares " of, cost ten ducats,

307.


INDEX.


477


Cicero s "Republic," palimpsest of,

327. 357- 362.

Cigala, Abbe, a noble of lurin, xiii. Cincinnatus, Lucius Quinctius, 188,

189, 370, vi.

Circus of Caligula. See CALIGULA. Circus of Nero. See NERO. Civita-Castellana, fortress of, 278. Classic Ages, paintings of, 8. Classical authors, original manuscripts

of, 15. " Classici Scrip tores ex codicibus

Vaticanis edit:," 363. Clement I., 247. Clement IV., 49. Clement VI., 50, 57. Clement VTL, 27, 50, 207, 333. Clement VIII. (Ippolito Aldobrandini),

51, III, 119, 2IO, 212, 221, 222, 225, 254, 264.

Clement VIII., altar of, 264 ; Archivio

of, 359. 300. Clement IX. (Giulio Rospigliosi), 51,

213.

Clement X. (Emilio Altieri), 213. Clement XI. (Giovanni Francesco

Albani), 213, 360. Clement XII. (Lorenzo Corsini), 49,

54, 213- Clement XIII. (Carlo Rezzonico), 213,

321. Clement XIV. (Lorenzo Ganganelli).

21, 51, 60, 74, 75, 213, 321, 386 ;

was he poisoned, 213, 386 ; body

after death, 214, 386 ; last Pope

who rode in Cavalcata, 382 ; falls

in his Cavalcata, 385, 386. S. Clementc, 91 . Clergy, immunity of, 164 ; privileges

of, 165. " Cloister and the Hearth," Nicholas

V. in the, xii.

Clovio, Giulio, 328, 330, 333. Coach-house of the Popes. See POPES

COACH-HOUSE. Codex Purpureus, 330. Codex Romanus of the Vatican

Library, has it been inked over,

345-

Codex Septuagint, 345.

Codex Vatican, 8, 328, 362.

College of Patriarchs, Archbishops and Bishops attached to the Ponti fical Throne, 151.

Colleges of the Masters of Ceremonies,

151- Collegio dei Prelati Abbreviatori del

Parco Maggiore, 148. Collegio dei Prelati Protonotari

Apostolici (College of the Apostolical

Protonotary Prelates), 147. Collegio Romano, 211. Cologne, Archbishop of, 92, 113, 150,

333-


Colonna family, 281. Colonna, Mark Antonio, 208. Colonna, Prince, 153, 384. Colonna, Santa, 247. Colonna-Caetani, Donna Agata. the only woman not a sovereign buried in St. Peter s, 224, 255, 273. Colosseum, 441.

Colour, meaning of the Cardinals , 102. Columbus, Christopher. 7. Columella, 308.

Combes, M., when Premier of France, picks quarrels with the Vatican, 179 ; decrees that bishoprics must be filled in the order in which they become vacant, 180 ; nomination of Personae Ingratae as Bishops by, 1 80.

Commissione Cardinal! zia Amministra- trice dei Beni della Santa Sede (Cardinals Commission for the Ad ministration of the Property of the Holy See), 171.

Commissione Cardinalizia per 1 Opera Praeservationis Fidei (Cardinals Commission for the work of the Preservation of the Faith), 171. Commissione Cardinalizia per gli Studi Storici (Cardinals Commission in Historical Studies), 171. Commissione Liturgica, 168. Commissione per la Musica e il Canto

Sacro, 168. Commissione Pontificia per la Reunione

delle Chiese Dissidenti, 162. Commissione Storico-Liturgica, 168. Commissioners on the Affairs of the

Faith, 161.

Compostella, Archbishop of, 90. Computisteria, 172.

Conclave, 3, 48, 49, 53, 54, 55, 57, 59, 60, 61, 62, 65, 66, 79, 80, 84.. 85, 148 ; architect of, 84 ; Cardinals to select own place for, 53 ; its cells, 57 ; closing of, 60 ; custody of, 62 , for election of Leo XIII., its nature and cost, 58 ; Gregory X. s rules for, 55 ; governor of the, 63 ; keys of the, 63 ; marshal of the, 60 62, 63 ; newspapers admitted to the, 63 ; of 1878, 82 ; origin of ; 49 ; Pius IX. s rules for, 54 ; provisioning of the, 62, 63 ; sovereign princes may enter it, 60 ; should be in Rome, 54 ; staff of a, 62 ; warden of the, 59. "Conclave, Le," book by Lector, xiii. Concordat, a bilateral contract, 183 ; breaking of the, 180, 182 ; to re place endowments confiscated in French Revolution, 183 ; the Pope on the, ix. ; of 1801, what it implied, 179. Confessor, 62.


47


INDKX.


" ifite- r. The. 70. 1 ongregatio super t"oiisultatiombus

Regulanum r.^. Congregatio Kpi-cop. >ru:n. [ ,3. -"ongregitim. consultative body. r.>.

UviM in is liv :iu:n:>-rs 1:1 the. r> > >ngre-.Mti >n ..| Kocl-siastic.il \:t urs

Kxtra , when Car

dm lU are suinm. .n^i to [ i S ori-Mii

<>f. i I 1.

" lex

GKiil.AZI INK .; I N i , , X 1

in, it!--:, can

one, 101 ; the M >ns:gn

makes minutes ; , . the M , i


Pope, i - feet of the

Pkl-.,

i }S. 157. :

" : t>l " T> some

decisions n ti m it the Pope

i .).

Uions are I ,f t t,

( ardm ils. i ;g i ,. . . j n ,,

attend n not in K t ardin il si-i ves in I h lvt .

u ly so in :

1 ; J 1 tinded |, v Sixtiis V., i | h >w til : iie> . ii

how often they sit, i . > , h ,-A 1 their business, i *> of the H

< Mill -. !

^ : i l" 1 . xin.

s

I-lxtra ,r hn.in

S t-oni V/ien 1 i cien

d-.-lla Kcv. ( : C oi , - ,


150, if. i. if>.v 10., ; t |,,. ;illt honty on i-< < lesiasi .

S l : - .

S. Coiif-regazione Disi iphn i K^u .Ian

</ i, ^ - Kazi me Ks ime d-i V e

in Sacra I e> >! ptjia. . s - l nc t the K. Kabbnca <li

s - 1 letn .. - , [6g,

S - !ell f IinnnmitA

1- clesiastica, i ; s. i , j [., ; S. Congregairione .it the hriex, 91.158

i i i . 1 63 , S. Congregazione delle Indnl^en.-

S.u-re lvfli(]un- S. ( .n-re^a/ione della Inqnisizione.

duties of the. 101.

S. Conref, a7U)iie Laiiretana. 02, IOQ. S. Congregazione de Propaganda I- ide,

14 s - i><;. 165. 363; Prefect-General

OI, QO, ()2.

S. Congregazione de Propaganda l- - ide per gli Allan del Kito Onentale


S. . .>n-n.-i,.a/i,,ne della Residenza dei

\ escovi, 01 . 10;. v Coni, regazione" della S. Ro:n uia ed

I niversale Inquisizione (the Inquisi-

ti)a). i )i. S. Congregazione dei Sacn Rui, c>o

M. 9 >. u>->. ivj.v 148. 1^1 iCti.

107.

S. Corii;reqazion- d.-i S icri Rui. Indul- g-nze e Sacre R-h 1U ie (Sacred Rites Indulgences a:id Sacre-1 Relics), 167.

S <" in^reu; i.Mone s >pra to Stato dei Key; .Ian (Co-i-re-atioa on the State "t M na-itic Orders). i i_>.

Con^rjgazione Speciale per la levisione d- C mcili Provincial! Presa lalla Stessa S Cunsrega.Mone del t" in :ili >. \-, ,.

s :1 " : - ; j: ". legli Studi, S-.;. 170 f:i:i.-;; ills if. 17.)

H lone i " V esi .vie Re^ >lan.

  • " ; > ; v ^ >. i- i. ru, if)^ .

it-, |..r::i it pr iced ire, :

i -i me Visita Ap^stoiica <;i

tt-n before the i .n if a Pope -13.51.

t 1 !! a i i 23^ ( >-; re ises of. 171.

l .i >ist iri u = ;-, ,,

r :; > >-. i . i >j , i 14.

1 ; " . public.

illy n >:mn il. -, i*. i 13;

utt<- 1 t > enter. 97.

ag un-t liiordan.) Bruno l 57. ( " "stance, ( nin :il >t. ,-;. 4 ), 5 >T.

-M ), >>\ 2 J5

-V5. ^ >i 57 vii ; Usts till Refjrraa- ti i i

Consl -real. 221, 23^. 251,

?>.? vi. . c irned twelve

l " : irth at foundation of

hls bittle botw.-.-n

M ix Minus 1:1 I, j . . d-crej on the

P illirv.-h of, (JJ. I ;J ;

i ui ia of, 3:0. the six 15 isilica-i attributed to. 21^ . insonpti >n on the su-irein.icv of St. Peter of, 2 3 S " ik :s ( hnstianitv the official reh^i j;i ,,t th world in 324 A.H., 220. 23; . turns nrst sod ot Old St Peter s, 220.

Con-itantme. (Irand Duke. 327.

Constautin jple captured by th- Turks under Mali >met II., 201 ; Patriarch

^ ()f . 77. 3 i-

Consult on, 107. IOS.

Conn, Mich -1 An-elo de (Pope Inno cent XIII. ), 21 ;.

Contini, .Mons. Riccardi Costantini 148.


INDEX.


Coppiere, 147.

Corinth, pottery of, 464.

Corinthian vases, 464.

Corneto, 452.

Corneto (station for Tarquinii), 452;

painted tombs of, 456, 457, 458 ;

painted tombs of, how they are

kept, 458 ; painted tombs of, their

characteristics and subjects, 459;

Etruscan museum of, 453, 4^4. Cornwall, Delabole, quarries at, 371. Coronation, The, 75. Corpore, de (relics), 77. Corps de garde, 30. Corsini, Lorenzo (see CLEMENT XII.),

213.

Corsini, Prince, 382. Corsini, Princess, 412. "Corte e Societa Komana XVIII e

XIX Secoli," xii. Cortile del Archivio, 16. Cortile del Belvedere, 16, 31, 33, 202,

208, 210, 321, 323, 325, 348, 377, 387,

422. Cortile di S. Damaso, 12, 14, 17, 18,

20, 22, 26, 132, 202, 210, 217, 224,

390, 406, 422. Cortile clei Falegnami, 16. Cortile del Forno, 16. 29, 156. Cortile (Giardmo) della Stamperia,

33- 354-

Cortile del Maggiordomo, 16. Cortile del Maresciallo di Conclave,

16, 28.

Cortile dei Palafrenieri, 14, 20. Cortile del Pappagallo, 14, 30. Cortile del Portone di Ferro, 14, 30,

354- Cortile della Sentiuella, 14, 30, 156,

354-

Cortona, 452. Corvinus, Breviary of Matthias (King

of Hungary), 328. Cosmati, art of the, not the only

Roman art, 395. SS. Cosmo e Damiano, 93. Costantini, Monsignor Giuseppe Maria,

H7. 173-

S. Costanza, church of, 277. Coullie, Cardinal, 90. Council of Trent. See TRENT. Councils, general, 283. Court of Rome, Cavaliere Lunadoro s

book on, in. Court of the Tournaments. See

TOURNAMENTS.

Courts and courtyards. See CORTILE. Courtliness, 24.

Cracow, Archbishop of, 80, 91. Crawford, Mr. Marion, 376. Creighton, Bishop, 319. Crescentius, 250, 286, 287, 288 ; consul

or senator of Rome. 250 ; expels

Gregory V., 288 ; the font of St.


Peter s is part of sarcophagus of, 250, 286; put to death by Otto III.. 250, 288. Crescenzi, Marchese Luigi Serlupi.

153-

Cretoni, Cardinal, 90, 167.

Crimea, 460.

Crisis between French Church and French Government, 113, i/s, viii., ix. ; Pope on the, ix.

S. Crisogono, 93.

S. Croce in Gerusalemme, 93.

Crocifero, 75.

Cross, processional, presented by Mar quess of Bute, 412.

Crusades, 201.

Crux hastata. See PAPAL CROSS.

Crypt of St. Peter s. See ST. PETER S CRYPT.

Crypt, New. See GROTTE NUOVE.

Crypt, Old. See GROTTE VECCHIE.

Cryptes Vaticanes, xiii.

Cumae, 460.

Curia, 87, 198, 359.

Curia, Papal. See PAPAL COURT.

Cursores Apostolici, 97.

Cyclamens, 5, 370.

Cylices or drinking cups in Gregorian museum, 464.

Cylinder containing history of ponti ficate, 46.

Cypher despatches, 117.

Cypher-secretary, 112, 117.

Cyprus, Charlotte of, 224, 255. 291,

"329-

S. Cyril, 251. Cyrillus, Patriarch, 345.

DALMATA, GIOVANNI, 254, 271, 294 : " Hope " of, 271.

Dalmatic worn by Charlemagne, 9, 417 ; of San Leone, 417.

Dalmatics, 78.

S. Damaso (S. Damasus), Archives of, near Theatre of Pompey of, 320, 358 ; baptistery of, 224, 229, 252 ; court of (see CORTILE) ; date of, 293 ; his drain under the Cortile di S. Damaso, 224, 256 ; his drain under the Cortile di S. Damaso still in use, 256 ; his inscription the most beautiful in the crypts, 224, 256, 293 ; library of, 172, 320, 321, vii. ; loggie of, 203.

Dandini, Monsignor Ascenzo, 148.

Daniel between the lions, 268.

Daniele da Volterra. See VOLTERRA.

Dante, Ignazio, afterwards Bishop of Alatri, 397.

Dante s Divine Comedy, with minia tures by Giulio Clovio, 328, 333.

Dante s MS., writing of Boccaccio,

329- Dark Ages, 287.


INDKX.


Datana. 3*. i-j , apostolica, 170,

17- ; \rchives oi the. 17 2, $ >i ;

functions ( l tlir, 172 , importance

of tlu-, 172 . palace of tin.-, 172. Deacon ol S. Maria in Via Lata. 92. I )caconry. o;. Deacons, <>2, 93.

Dean of the (Ollege of the Rota, 14^. Dean of the Orders, <*>. Dean ol the Order of Cardinal Deacons

84. Dean of the Sacred College. 57, (>- , 82.

88, i(x;. Death with Ins hammer on the l-.tius

can tombs ;it Volterra, 4; ;. Decembrio, 511. Defender ot the Faith. Set l ini:i

I ) K K li N s o K .

Dcggiovanni, Monsignor Rinaldo. i;n. Delenda est Columna," 281. 1 )emi(loti, 1 mice, 3 j(>. Denim s "Cities and Cemeteries ot

Etruna," 4 * >, .\<i2. Descent ol the Holy Spirit, The, 457.

439- Devils and Angel-, on Etrnsi an tombs.

453-

Diaci mus ( ardmahs. ,SS.

I )ialcctics, 440.

Dilute. I M).

1 )ioi esan Synods, 104.

Dioceses of Italy, apostolic \i-itors for the. P ;.

Diocletian. bath> ot. -" I .

Director (-1C eri-nii lines, 160,.

I >!>( iplmaiA di\ ergelli e between priests anc! their I ii^hops, if).j.

Discipline. I M .

Dispi nsatioiis. m.itnnionial, 172.

Disputa (.1 St. Catherine. 1 he. See S. ( ATIIKKIM:.

Djem. I i nice, 201 , 296, 44 ^ . i ,nc ot the most notable ligures in tin- frescoes ot the Borgia Apartments, 296.

Dogmatua 1 anoplia, ^32.

Dome of the Cathedr.d at I lorence, 42 } , of Michel Angclo, 423 ; of the I antlieoii. 423. ol St. I eter s (sr, Si. I K IKK S.)

Domemclnno s " I eiit -cost," 405.

Dommioin. Moii^ignor C.innllo ( accia,

147-

Donntian, Stadium ol, 32, ^74, 370. Donatelli. cibonum by, 417. I ). ini/o. 3J(;, 333. Donus, I ope \\lio paveil the Atrium

ot St. I eter s with marble from Meta

Homuli, 244. Dona Gallery. 204. Dona Villa, 373. Drago, Cardinal del, oo.

Duae Metae," in a picture by Giotto,

192.


1 hica di Gravino, i 53. Dufresne, 1 cTe, 262, 271, 27 ). xiii. Duns Scotus. the Realist, 350. Duppa s " Lite of Michel Angelo." 01 . Dux 1 k bis, 239.

KC-ONOMIA of the S. Congrega/aone Ie

Propaganda hide, 92. Edward I. ot Kngland, 255. lihrle and Stevenson, 431, 4^2. xn. . on Seit/. s restoration of the I lorgia Rooms, 431. vii. " E%t) cligo," 04. " E>) sum. nolite timerc ! " 81. I lgypt, 4 x).

Egyptian Museum. See MUSKTM. Eighteenth century. ]>ractical jokes of

the. 377.

Elagabalus releases thousands of poi- soiunis snaUes on the Vatic, la Hill, IQ4. 370.

Election ot a Tope bv commitlee. 04 ; by acclamation, 04; by ballot, 64; may not take place before I ope dies! ^3 ; majority necessary for, 05 ; need n..t b.- at Rome, 53 ; the new I ope, jo, 4,s , sermon before, to the Cardinals. >S. I ilect >r 1 alatm- " Elements d Archeologie Chretienne,"

xiii. Elemosineria Apostolica ed olucio dei

Sussidi I ontinci, 173. I .lemosmiere Segreto, 147. Embalming the Pope, 42. Emeritus. 148.

Emperor. <*>. oi ; crowned by the

I ope. 227. Holy Roman, the. 417.

Emperors, the successors of Con-

stantme. 226.

Ency< heal-,, deimition ot. 174. England, pilgrims from. 231 , tomb inscribed with the Conversion of, 240

En-li-h Catholic books, 35 ?. Engli-,h l.ibrarv at Rome, 258. l-ingli-h School at Rome, 234. Episcopia. :<)>>.

Eroh. fragments of the mans )h;um ot Cardinal, 274, 2(^4 ; tomb of, 272. 274.

Esedra. 31, 32. 377. Esenti, 1^4. Eternal C ltv, The, 72. Ethelwulf, King, 232, 236 ; crowned

by the I ope. 233.

Etruna. likeness between rock tombs and Pagan rock tombs of Sicily , 4v- Etruscan augur who bade C.-csar

beware the Ides of March, 4^2. Etruscan bronzes in Gregorian Mu seum, 463. Etruscan cemeteries neai Orvieto, 452.


INDEX.


481


Etruscan cities, vii. ; are to Rome what Pompeii is to Naples, 451 ; in the Roman Maremma, 452 : round Rome, which can be visited with very little more effort than Pompeii,

452 ; round Viterbo, 452 ; South, can mostly be visited by rail in one day from Rome, 452 ; which reflowered in art, 452.

Etruscan frescoes, the best, show beauty of the women as the Pom- peian never do, 459.

Etruscan funeral scenes, 454, 457.

Etruscan genii, 452 ; good with wings doubtless the origin of our angels,

453-

Etruscan house found at Chiusi, like a Japanese house, 464.

Etruscan imitations in stucco, 456.

Etruscan inscriptions, 463.

Etruscan jewellery, domestic and sepulchral, 461 ; genuine, inferior in taste and execution to Tyrrhene style, 461 ; in Gregorian Museum, 462 ; manufacture has n^ver ceased to go on of, at S. Angelo in Vado, 462 ; carried on in Rome now, 462 ; Pelasgic or Tyrrhene style of, 460; style of, 459, 460,461, 462; tiaras coming in again, 462.

Etruscan mirrors like Greek, Roman, Carthaginian, Egyptian and Japan ese. 463.

Etruscan museums in Rome, 453.

Etruscan race flowered in artists of Umbria and Tuscany, 451.

Etruscan sarcophagi, carved by native workmen from native designs, deal mostly with religious subjects, 454.

Etruscan sporting, scenes of, 457.

Etruscan studies, founder of, 52.

Etruscan temples, faithful representa tion on cinerary urns, 465 ; like the temples of Japan, 465.

Etruscan tombs, banqueting scenes on, 459 ; best at Tarquinii and Cer- veteri, 453 ; characteristics of, 455 ; levity of their general subjects, 457 ; lids often of inferior workman ship, 454 ; model of, 455 ; portrait effigies on, 454 ; presence of a horse and cart marks the passage of a soul, 454 ; ready-made, 454 ; scenes from Greek mythology or history, 454 ; subterranean, give an inti mate acquaintance with the race,

453 ; tell us much of the customs of that dead mysterious race, 454 ; views of Future State on the, 453,

454 ; to visit, winter the best time, 458.

Etruscan or Tyrrhene treasures in

the Gregorian Museum, 460. Etruscans, women entered more pub


licly into the lives of the, than into the lives of the Greeks, 459,

Etruscans, 217, 451-465 ; had their Charon ferrying souls across the river of Death, 453 ; melted into Latins : Latins melted into Italians, 451 ; more serious people than the Romans and Greeks, 453 ; like Romans, seem to have buried their dead outside their cities, 456 ; used birds and fishes like the Chinese of to-day, 458 ; vases imitated from the Greek by the, 464 ; when wealthy, imported potteries of Athens and Corinth, 464.

Eugenius IV., 193, 283, 310 ; made Bessariona Cardinal, 311.

S. Eusebio, 91.

S. Eustachio, 93.

Examining Constitution of New Reli gious Institutes, 166.

Exarchs, 239.

Excommunicate, 49.

" Extra omnes," 64.

FABRIANO, Fortress of, 278. Fabriano, Gentile da, 335. Fabriano, Nuzi of, 335. Facchinetti Pope (Innocent IX.), 274. Faith, Propaganda of the, 165. Famiglia Pontincia, 3, 44, 143, 145,

153-

Families founded by former Popes, 96. Farnese, Alessandro (Paul III.), 9,

22, 161, 207, 404. Farnese, Giulia, 444. Farnese tapestries, 407. Farnesina, roof of the, 436. Fasting, 161.

Father of Princes and Kings, 78. Feast of the Virgin, collection of

sermons for, 332. Felix IV., 50. Felix V., Anti-pope, 283. Fenestclla Confessionis, 235. Ferrante, King, 320. Ferrara, Archbishop of, 91. Ferrari, Cardinal, 90. Ferrata, Cardinal, go, 163. Fiano, Prince, 384. " Fiat ut petitur " (" Let it be done as

it is desired "), 173. Fibulae, 462. Fidei Defensor (" Defender of the

Faith "), 333, 347. Fiesole, 315.

Fifteenth century, 108, 328. Fifteenth-century parts of the Vatican,

15, 30, 445. Filarete, 193, 244. Filelfo, 308, 311 ; career of, 309, 310 ;

determines not to visit Nicholas V.,

309 ; at Rome under Sixtus IV., 310. S. Filippo Neri, 387.

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482


INDEX.


Fischer, Cardinal, 92.

Fisherman s Ring, The, 40, 154, 85, 174.

Floury, MSS. ot the Library of, 321.

Florence, Carmine at, 315, 392.

Florence, Cathedral of, 423 ; Etruscan Museum oi, 453 ; Riccardi Chapel at (at-c CHAPELS) ; Santa Cn.ce at, 227.

Flos Ftruriac llower of Ltiuria (Ho- rence), 315.

Fonseca, Cardinal, his tomb 274.

Font used tor baptizing the Prince Imperial, 32 ).

Fontamebleau. captivity of, 410.

Fontana, arclntect, 190, ?o<>, 321, 327.

Forierc Maggiore del Sacro Pala//o Apostolu i, 153.

Forh, Melo//o da, 25,0, 319, 410, frescoes ot, 311; (>!>/<). 41(1; fresco of the Vatican Library by, 320.

Forum, The, 383.

Fiance, conditions for holding eccle siastical buildings in, 183 ; conlis< a- tion ot Monastic Orders in, 178 ; crisis with the Vatic in and, 113, 17^ , feeling against the Church in, 170; 1 ius VI. dies in, 52; treat ment of Religion-, Orders in, 177.

S. l rance>ca al Foro Romano, 93.

Fran, The, a t Venice, 323.

Fraseati, 289, 290, 3 <o, 370; Bishop of (Cardinal i-rancesco Satolh). 88.

Frasc all, Cai dinal York, Bishop ol. 289. French Catholics, their attitude t >

the Government. 175. Freiich Co\ eminent, in. ; their object to destroy the Catholic Churcli, 84 ; eli.queiit protest ot the 1 ope against ,

IX.

French Masonic sects, their attitude

to the Church, 17(1. French Revolution, 216. French tapestries, 22.

Frescoes. 377, 4.} ) , in the Borgia

Room-, authorship of various. 440 ;

from O-tia, 338 , ot shrines of Old

St. 1 eter s, 2 Friar-l reac her, 101. l-n-ians. C hurch oi the (S. Michel in

Sassia). 234. Fronto, Julius, 3 15.


DELLE MASCHKRE, 34.

C .aetani, Scipioiie. 327.

Gall, St., 308.

Galleria degli Araxzi. 35. 203, 323, 395, 390; del Candelabn, 9, 35, 32}, 393, 3c/,, \;i.; C.eograrica, by Igna/io Dante and his brother, 35, 36, 323, 396, vii.

Galleria Lapidaria. See GALLERY OF INSCRIPTIONS.

Galleria delle Muse. 213 ; delle Statue,

34- Galleriola, 21. 22, 406.


Gallery of Inscriptions, u, 21, 33, 216.

323. 325, 334- Galli, Monsignor, 142, 147. Gallianus, arch of, 337. Gandolfo, Castel, 369. Ganganelli, Cardinal, 61. Ganganelli, Lorenzo (Clement XIV.),

, JI 3-

Gardaroba, archives of 1110,359, 360. Garden, or terrace, of the Navicella,

378; of the Pope, 4, 10, i;, 31,

308, 369.

Garden, Vatican. Set" VATICAN GAR DENS. Garden of the Villa Lante, fountain

in the, 367.

Gaza, Theodore of, 278, 311. Gendarmeria Pontilicia, 155. Generals of Religious Orders, 143. Gen-. i, Annibale della(Pope Leo XII.),

217.

Genius f>f the Vatican, The, 34. GtMinan, Cardinal, 91. Genoa, 7. " ( ieomi-try," 440. St. George, life of, with miniatures by

Giotto, 419. George IV., 223. Gerace. Marquis of, 269. Gerarchia Catholica, 145, 147, 153,

xiii.

German MSS. in Vatican Library, 322. ( him. Snnone, 193, 244. Ghirlandajo, 199, 395, 404, 408, 447. Giardino della Pign.i. 10. 32, 33, 35,

2V;, 377 ; della Stamperia, i(>, 349;

Vat i. -an i. See \ .\nc:.\N CIAKDKNS. Gibbons. Cardinal, 8.;. S. Giorgio in Velabro, 93, 235. (iiotto. 242, 250, 282, 29j, 4 5. 4 9.

4^<; ; mosaic angel by, 294; Navicella

t, 242.

S. Giovanni dei Fiorentim, 189. Fra Giovanni da Firenzo (Fiesole).

.Sr < As-(,iiLico, FRA. Giovanni de Medici (Pope Leo X.),97. SS. Giovanni c Paolo, 91. S. Giovanni a Porta Latina, 93. 1 i a ( iiovanni da Roin i. 3 1 4. S. Girolamo degli Schiavoni, 93. (.mho Clovio, 328, 330, 333. Giustimani. Cardinal Giuseppe. 65,

149 ; Prince, 384. G. N. P.. .54. Gobelins, 9. Gods of Greece, moral standard of the,

437-

Gold breastplates, 460. Golden Rose, 10, 29, 153, 411 ; bearer

of the, 153. Gothic tombs in St. Peter s Crypt,

222.

Gotti, Cardinal, 79, 80, 82, 165, 166 " Gouvernement de 1 Eghse," xiii.


INDEX.


483


Governor of Rome, 75.

Goyau, xii., xiii.

Gozzoli, Benozzo, 26, 312, 314; his

figure of Lorenzo de 1 Medici in the

Riccardi Chapel, 443. Grabinski, Monsignor Ludovico, 147. " Grammar," 447. Grand gala coach, 380, 382. Grand Herald, 383. Gratian, Emperor, 229. Greater Excommunication, 50. Greece, ancient clay statuettes of. 337.

ancient paintings of, 337 ; writers

of, 7. Greek Calendar. See MENOLOGIUM

GRECUM. Greek home, 465 ; MSS., 321 ; vases,

35- 46i. Greeks as averse as Arabs to talking

about the women of their family,

465 ; have left us hardly any real

portraits, 267 ; undomesticated,465 ;

liable to ignore domestic details, 464. Gregorian Calendar, 208. Gregorian Museum, matchless collec tion of Greek vases and bowls of,

464. Gregorovius" " History of Rome in the

Middle Ages," ix. ; " Tombs of the

Popes," ix. S. Gregory the Great, 77, 94, 240,

263 ; tomb of, 249. Gregory II., 245. S. Gregory III., 196, 295. Gregory V., 255, 288 ; epitaph of, 288 ;

tomb of, 287, 288. Gregory VII., 50, 51, 256, 279, 292,

329-

Gregory X., 49, 55, 57. Gregory XL, 399. Gregory XII. fortified himself in the

Vatican against Louis of Anjou, 198. Gregory XIII., 108, 163, 208, 211. Gregory XIV., 24, 95, 210. Gregory XV. (Alessandro Ludovisi), 50,

58, 60, 64, 79, 101, 211. Gregory XVI. (Mauro Capellari), 35,

39, 52, 58, 62. 73, 74, 112, 217,

322, 363, 375, 426, 427, 430 ; founds

the Museo Etrusco, 217, 464 ;

makes a new waterfall at Tivoli,

217. S. Gregory Nazianzenus, 329, 343 ; his

career, 343.

Gregory of Trebizond, 278. Grevy, President, 327. Grisar, Pere, 263. Grotte Nuove, 127, 223, 224, 254, 256,

259, 261, 292 ; corridor of, 265. Grotte Vaticane, 214, 222, 261, 279. Grotte Vecchie, 127, 222, 223, 242,

255, 261, 273 ; is Old St. Peter s,

261. Grotto dell Oreo, splendid figures of


gods in (finest of all Etruscan fres coes), 459.

Gruscha, Cardinal, 89.

Gualberto, S. Gian, 134.

Gualdo. fortress of, 278.

Guarantees, law of, 39, 181.

Guarentigie, Legge delle, 39, 181.

Guardaroba, 147.

Guarino, 311.

Gubbio, Giorgione da, 120.

Guerri, Monsignor, 172.

Guglia, 190.


HADRIAN I., 230, 242, 243.

Hadrian IV., 223,269, 284.; first Pope to hold court at Orvieto, 285 ; name was Nicholas Breakspear, 284 ; only English Pope, 223, 284 ; put down Arnold of Brescia, 284 ; refused to crown Frederick Barbarossa, 285 ; his sarcophagus, 285.

Hadrian V., 51.

Hadrian VI., 52, 71, 207.

Hadrian VI., not an Italian at all, 207.

Hadrian, Emperor, the font of St. Peter s not the lid of his sarco phagus, 250; tomb of, 189, 228; villa of, 415.

Hall of Aristides, 30, 335.

Hall of the Beatitications (see SALA DELLA BEATIFICAZIONE), n.

Hall of the Bonaventura, 30, 335.

Hall of the Bussolanti, 19.

Hall of the Busts, 34..

Hall of the Christian Paintings, 30.

Hall of the Conclave, 198.

Hall of the Consistory, 12, 56, 132.

Hall of the Credo, n, 24, 129, 130,

427, 447-

Hall of the Grooms, 19, 26. Hall of the Hundred Day-;, 150. Hall of the Lives of the Saints, n,

439, 440, 444. Hall of the Madonna, 1 1, 23. Hall of the Mysteries, 431, 432, 435,

436. 437, 438.

Hall of the Ooelisk, 30, 33^. Hall of the Papal Audiences, 3 ft. Hall of the Papiri, 30, 33. Hall of the Paramenti, 21, 22, 27, 55. Hail of the Parrot, 21, 28. Hall of the Popes, n, 24, 130, 427,

447, 44, 450.

Hall of the Porphyry Columns, 324. Hall of the Sibyls, n, 24, 130, 427,

447- 44^- Hail of the Vatican Manuscripts, 30,

325-

Hamilton, Mrs. Gustavus W., ix.

" Handooorf to Christian and Ecclesi astical Rome," xi.

Hare s " Walks in Rome " xi.

31*


44


IXOKX.


Harrison s, Frederic, "Theophano." Immaculate Conception, 25.

x i. Imprimatur, 140.

Hats, CM- Index Kxpurgatoims, 3^0, m.. , how

Head of St. Andrew. > ANDREW. books are put on the, 107.

i ,,f Ui;r Lord tr.m Hmli s tomb. Indies, Patriarch of the. West, 90.

Infessuia, 321).

MSS. Innocent III., i />. 197. 23;, 240, 245. .79 . monuments in bronze and

lies. 2. jo.

Inn " -nt \\ . 10 ?. 107.


204.

I!- ,.: Iberg. 321, 322.

I i -to! ll to,

Hil na. gold in of tl.- 1 mpre-s.

221, .

i n of. ."..

Henry IV., l.niperoi ab-olu- Innocent \ 1 1 1 . (Cil . Pope), Belve-

iM.n , ! . C,n i . VII.. ;. ;. at : I.VEDKKK) ; cibonum

( ... . nt- ( i th- Hoi


Inn icent \ II. (Mi ^horati Pope). 274.


. n < I H : i v \ 1 1 1 of 1 npland.

in , aut i npt n ii tn l.co \. ,

let lei - to Ann* 1 I >le\ ii hv.


HI i.rv IX. (Stuart) ((animal of York).

! le-t

of St. l i


. im ! . r the Volto Santo. 256. 2 \f). 203 , villa of. 8,

[ 3. 10, 21 . 31 , i, 201 , 203,

213. 249 ;. ,

Luther. Innoicnt IX. Mi). 274.

Innocent X. ( . :ani: >at ti-ta P.unfih). , 211, 212, 213, 204 ; j>>rtr.ut bv \ elav|iie/. in the Dmia (iullery,

204. 417 l) t -i (nun jewels to Inivnent XL (Benedetto Odescalchi).

the In: i Kegi nt (a! terward .

i,. rgi l\ . .< > . I i-ho|> of Inno, .-iit Xll. (Antonio Pignatelli).

I-iiiM.iti. 2*9, hi- < hamliei l.uns, 112, \<X). 174.

inal bv Benedict Innocent X11I (Michel Angelo de XI \ , . , . i i .o of \ ork iti), 21 3.

b\ hist.:: 1 ngland Inim-iti >n. the Holy Roman and

t \ tt.e .. : 1. but not b\ I mversal lOl. 208. in.

will if im n " j-<i . ( animal of York In- upti ms, Cia .lery of (see C .AI.- pcnMoiud by the Pimie Regent, I.KKIKS). of the twelfth century,

1 of loir f i .

i- icvt d the i iiti of i ms \L. Inscnpti on^s Chnuian.r of (i. B. de

Kos-i, , ; ^.

Hcraclins. Mmperoi . In tarsia woi k . u ;. 4 \\.

I Ii n ul.iiieum, Intend. ml of tV- P.r.i.d Household. 39.

Hlliults. lal ot; Inter duas Mctas, I ^>, I >I. I M-

Heu-dit.ir\ Marshal of the Holy Roman Intem-gnum. closed. 83.

( Ippolito d ! ite, < animal, his garden,

Henditar\ : of the

Hoiv Roman (hunli, \^\. IM- and iling of the Borgia

Heresy. If I . Room,, 24, .; ;< >.

H< rmair.a. .Vc Im KMANTIA. Isi- and ( )-IMS, marriage of, 440.

I lildet i.n.d (.:... r \ \ 1 1 . ). ; I

Hildi braiidme reloi Italian conquest of Rome, 73.

Holy Lame, 2O1, 245. Italian (, overnment , 53.

Holy Office, I he, i i . assc sor of the. Italian j>ohce, 4 \.

162 . pal.ueot the, Italian, Pope- all except three since

HoK See, 113. 117.2 !-: t. ;-.

Hoiionus, ni.iu-.oh um of the w;ve- of

the l-mieioi. 230. 41- . ST. JAMKSTHI: i

Hoiioiiiis, i James 1 1

Hoi nu.si.a~ 1.417. m-cription James 111 ot Fngland. 222 ; faineant.

i :,. ,;. united l-.astcin and \\estern dissolute, pr.iyerlul hie at Rome of,

29 . had the longest reign in Hng- hsh history sixty-four years. 223, 289 , what he gave up for his faith, 289-

Janiculum, 191 , 192. Janus. 1 1 .

Jerome of Prague. 308 ; his letters cost one hundred gold ducats. 307.


C hun hi Hoitensius, ~ M. Huiniioldt, 322. Hymnographcr, 168. Hypsistarians. beet of the. 344.

ILEX trees. 377. Illuminations, 422, 424.


INDEX.


485


Jerusalem, 268, 291.

Jesuits, 166, 211, 213.

Jesus, magician named, 245.

" Jesus riding on an ass," 268.

John of Austria, Don, 208.

John VII., 247, 256 ; his chapel of the Volto Santo, 257, 295 ; mosaic portrait of, 295 ; oratory of, 295, 296.

John XII., 71.

John XIII., 219.

John XV., 16, 87.

John XVI., Antipope, 287.

John XIX., 51.

John XXII., united the Vatican with Sant Angelo by walled-in passage, 198.

Jorio, Monsignor, 172.

Joseph II., 60, 61.

Joshua, Vatican Library Book of, 330.

Jousting, 32.

Jubilee, Q, 76.

Jubilee, first. 9.

Judith and Holofernes, 440.

Julian the Apostate, 343, 344.

Julii, Porticus. See PORTICUS.

Julius II. (Juliano della Rovere), 8, 21, 25, 31, 42, 50, 101, 200, 201, 202, 261, 279, 377, 429; abolished the old basilica, 284 ; founder of the Vatican Museum, 203 ; his hatred of Alexander VI.. 429 ; like Cara- calla and Diocletian in his megal omania, 261 ; like Nero in his megal omania, 241 : the real founder of the New St. Peter s, 248, 261 ; the tomb of, 44, 248.

Julius III. (the del Monte Pope), 275. Junius Bassus, inscription of, 270 ; a

Prefect of Rome, 269. Junius Bassus, sarcophagus of, 230, 247, 254, 265, 266, 267, 268, 269. 270 ; its ends, 268 ; figures allegorized as sheep or lambs on, 268 ; Job s wife on, 268, 269 ; Job s wife is holding her nose, 260 ; John the Baptist is represented as a sheep on, 269 ; is the only tomb which contains bones of the original occupant, 269 ; sub jects on, 267.

Jupiter of the Vatican, 437. Justel, of the Royal Library in London,

345- Justin II., Emperor, 253 ; cross of.

417.

KATSCHTHALER, CARDINAL, 92. Khedive Ibrahim Pasha, 326. Klimax of Johannes Klimakus, 332,

333- Knights of the Guard. See LANCIE

SPEZZATI. Knights of Jerusalem, Grand Prior of,


Kopp, Cardinal, 90.

Kugler, 314, 330, 331, 336, 400, 443.

LABRADOR, 66.

Lace in the Sistine Treasury, 409.

Laestrygonians, 338.

Lambertini, Prospero (Pope Benedict

XIV.), 61, 213.

Lance, Holy, 201, 245, 249, 296; ciborium of Innocent VIII. for the, 272 ; shrine of the, 224, 238, 296. Lancie Spezzati, or Knights of the

Guard, 383. Lanciani, x.

Landsberg (Jesuit) maintains that the portrait of Christ on St. Veronica s Handkerchief is true to life, 246. Laocoon, The, 34, 203. Lapo, Arnolfo di, 240, 257, 279. Last Consolation, 85. Last Judgment, The, of Michel Angelo, 29, 199, 207, 208, 408, 451 ; altar of the, 64 ; of Mino da Fiesole, 270, 272.

Lateran, The, 5, 73, 74, 75, 225, 310,

386 ; elections of the, 52 ; the

library of the, 359 ; the Mother

Church of the Papacy, 197.

Latin Letters, description of the, 174 ;

secretary of the, 142. Latin MSS., 321. Latin Way, tombs of the, 406 ; genius

of the tombs of the, 406. Latore della Rosa d Oro (Bearer of the

Golden Rose), 153. Laurana, Francesco, 294. Laurel, clipped, 378. Layard, Sir A. H. (revised edition of

Kugler), 330, 400, 448. Lazarus, resurrection of, 268. Lecot, Cardinal, 90. Lector, M., xiii. Legge delle Guarentigie. See

GUARENTIGIE.

Leguigno, Monsignor Raffaele Scapin-

elli di, 147.

Leo the Isaurian, 245. St. Leo the Great, 72, 244. St. Leo s repulse of Attila, 26, 244, 295. St. Leo I., St. Leo II., St. Leo III., St.

Leo IV., 256, 295- St. Leo III., justifying himself before

Charlemagne. 25 ; his dalmatic, 417 ;

crowns Charlemagne, 395. St. Leo IV., 5, 197, 232, 236, 256, 295,

371 ; builder of the Leonine City,

295 ; old towers and walls of, 372. Leo IX., Bull of, 190. Leo X. (Giovanni de Medici), 9, 22,

51, 96, 97, 200, 203, 333, 342, 359.

391 ; a Maecenas, 203. Leo XI. (Alessandro de Medici), 211. Leo XII. (della Genga). 58, 66, 72,

170, 217, 322; jubilee robe of, 412.


486


INDEX.


Leo XIII. (Ginacchino Pecci), 6, 29,

32, 37- 39. 47, 5.v 7 . 72. 73, 75. 76,78, 70, 6. 87, 95, 135, 171, 181,

190, 212, 217, 222, 322, 323. 326, 348,

35. 35 , 352, 353. 3^i, 372. 376, 396, 401. 404, 420; his aim in choosing a site for his library, 352 ; brougham of, 280; buildings in the Vatican gardens of. 372 ; Canons of, 200, 371, 376 ; carried out Nicholas V. s plans for making the Vatican Library the focus of Luropean s< holaiship. ;.j,x : (-(Di verted the hall of canom/ations into a chapel, 218; defines the Vatican precincts, 379 ; did he go outside the Vatican in July. i^ /oi* 156, 370 ; election of, 50. oi ; favourite tapestry of. 404 ; founded the Leonine Library, 217; in his garden, 376 , in the old Tower, 371, jubilee of. 334 ; jubilee presents of, 336, 412 ; most brilliant writer in Latin of all the Popes, 42- opcns the \ atican MSS. and Archives to the \\orld. 348 ; pergola of, 372 ; pronounces Pius IX. defunct, 40; restores i In- p<,rgia Apartments. 217. 218. 348. 4^>(,, 427, 430 ; restores the Galleria <1< -gh Arazzi, 218; restores the (.allcria (lei Candelabn, 218 ; robe pitscntcd for his jubilee to, 410; statue of. 350; \illa of, 200.

I ( i nine Citv. 20;.

(.((.nine I ili.nv. Set LIHRAKY. Ni-.w LEONINE.

Leonine \VaIl. 37 I , 372.

Leopold ot 1 uscany , t o.

I.epanto, battle ot, 208. 408 , frescoes by Va^.ii i of , 21 v , 509, .[ >ti . awakened I uroje IK ID the nightmare of the Turks, 408.

I.epidi, Monsignor Alberto, \.\(> i< (< 1 68.

Liber Pontilicalis, 102, 22;. ^:<).

Libeial Arts, I h.e Si ven. 24.

Librarian of the Vatican Library 89, 94-

Librarian s r<om, Vatican Library

Libiai v, Ar;>< crli, 33. 351. 353.

Library, Barbermi. Set I -1:1 i INI.

Library of Biblical Studies, 350, 355.

Libiary. 1 odleian, 334.

Library of the Canons of St. Peter s. 419.

Library of Cardinal Mai. 351, 3^3, 357, 361, 366.

Library of Christina of Sweden. See CHRISTINA.

Library of the Dukes of Urbino, 329.

Library, New Leonine, 6, 33, 171, 322,

323. 325. 34, 349. 350. 354, 3<3i. 366, viii. ; all printed books in the


Vatican transferred to the, 350, 430 , books of Italian antiquities in the,

353 ; books of Popes, Cardinals, and Rome in the, 353 ; books, special boxes for transporting them, 355 ; building alterations for the, 349. 35 i card catalogue system, 351 ; foreign governments" send books to the. 352 ; formation of the, 349 ; modern arrangement of, 351 ; order of books preserved, 355, 3?n; reference library, 351 ; reference room in the, 352 ; route to. from the Borgia Rooms, 354 ; transporting of books from the Borgia Rooms, 354 ; transporting of books from the Borgia Rooms takes onlv a fortnight, 355 ; under tlie Sal.i Sistma, 348.

Library, long gallery of, 13.

Library. Montefeltro, 320.

Library. Palatine, 351, 55 }.

Library of Printed Books. 33, 350.

Library. Riiland, 350.

Library of Siena. .sYt 1 SIENA.

Library of Sixtus IV .. 199.

Library, Vatican. St f VATICAN.

Library, visit of Montaigne and Mis- son. 340 347.

Library, Xelada, 33, 351, 3^3.

Ligorio, Pirro, 2< >8, ]~ \.

Lindsey, Lord, in his "Christian Art," 417.

Linus, 10,4 2cg.

Lisbon, Patriarch of. 63, 89, 05.

Livy, palimpsest of Book IX. from Christina of Sweden s library, 328.

Loggie. Scf R AI-KAEI.I.K AND UOINE.

I.ogue, Cardinal, 80.

l.c igny, the- \ isionaries of, 101.

Lonigi i, Mi< hel , 560.

I n/et ti, Pietro, 335.

S. Lorenzo in I)am.i>o C ommendatario

of,

S. Lorenzo in Damaso the site of Pope I lair.aso s library. 321.

S. Lorenzo fuon le Mura, 47, 225, 314 389.

S. Lorenzo in Lucina, 89, 95.

S. Lorenzo in Panisperna, 91.

Loreto, 170; Bishop of, 170; Palazzo Apostolico at, 170.

Losses by building speculation, 96.

Loubet s visit to Rome in 1904, 180, 182 ; visit to the Uuirmal, was it in tended to force the Vatican into breaking down of diplomatic rela tions with France, 182.

Louis XIV., 9, 22 ; tapestry of his betrothal and marriage, 405.

St. Louis of France, 49 ; last testa ment of, 234.

Lourdes offering to the Pope, 372.

Louvre, 388.


INDEX.


487


Loyola, S. Ignatius, 211.

Lucca, Archbishopric of, 138.

Lucretius, 308.

Lucumo, 454.

Ludovisi, Alessandro (Pope Gregory

XV.), 211.

Ludovisi, Cardinal Ludovico, 211. Ludovisi, Donna Ippolita Boncom-

pagni, 382. Ludovisi, Juno, 211. Lugari, Monsignor, 192. Lunadoro, Cavaliere, in. Lusignans, 255. Luther, Martin, 286, 329, 333, 334,

346, 347, 359 ; letters of, 359 ;

prayer a forgery, 347. Lyons, Archbishop of, 90 ; Council

of, 106.


MACCHI, CARDINAL LUIGI, 92, 146.

Maclaughlin, Mrs. Frances, 109, 119, xii.

MacMahon, Marechal, 327.

Maderna, Carlo, 28, 369, 402.

Madonna with the Child, 444.

Madonna della Colonna from Old St. Peter s, 248.

Madonna di Soccorso from Old St. Peter s, 248.

Maestri delle Cerimonie Pontificie (Masters of the Pontifical Cere monies), 1 68, 169.

Maestro della Camera, 40, 142, 146, 384.

Maestro, office of the Pope s, 17.

Maestro del Sacro Ospizio, 152.

Maestro del Sacro Palazzo Apostolico, 147, 167, 168.

Maggiordomo, 8, 46, 59, 95, 131, 134, 142, 146, 258 ; duties of the, 146; office of the, 17.

Magno, Monsignor Giuseppe, 148.

Mai, Cardinal Angelo, 7, 33, 322, 328, 334, 35 1 - 353. 3<>i, 362, 363, 364,365, 366, 430 ; career of, 357, 361 ; deco rated by our Royal Society of Litera ture, 364; discovers Cicero s " Re public," 362 ; " the discoverer and restorer of Palimpsests," 364; how he discovered ancient classics, 365, 366 ; his library, how he bequeathed it, 366 ; librarian of the Vatican, 363, 364 ; MSS. all bequeathed to the Vatican, 366 ; prints Codex Vaticanus, 363 ; re-establishes the Vatican Press, 363 ; secretary of the Congregation of the Propaganda, 363 ; his table bequeathed by de Rossi to the Vatican Library, 356 ; Wiseman s description of, as libra rian, 362, 364. Mainardi, 335.

Majesty, His Catholic, 67.


Maldaichini, Olimpia, 212. Mancini of Orvieto, Signor, 455. Mancini s excavations and shop at

Orvieto, 456.

Manetti, 302, 303, 305, 311, 312. Mantegna, 200. Mantelletta, 38, 40, 41. Mantilla, 133.

Mantle of Elijah typified, 77. Manuscripts of the Vatican. See

VATICAN MANUSCRIPTS. Maps, Gallery of the. See GALLERIA

GEOGRAFICA. Maratta, Carlo, 26. SS. Marcellino e Pietro, 91, 225. S. Marcello, 91.

Marcellus II. (Cervini), 71, 208, 274 , keeper of the Vatican Library, 274 ; one of the presidents of the Council of Trent, 274. S. Marco, 93. S. Marco, palace of (now Palazzo di

Venezia), 277. Marco, Cardinal, 65. Marcus Aurelius, 4, 365 ; discovery of

letters of, 365.

Maremma, Roman, Etruscan cities in the, 452 ; some have fine Etruscan walls, some gates, 453. Maresciallo Perpetuo di S. R. C. e

Custode del Conclave, 153. Margaritone, 335. Maria (wife of Honorius), 230. S. Maria degli Angeli, 89. S. Maria in Aquiro, 92. S. Maria in Aracoeli, 91. S. Maria della Bocciata, miraculous

image of, 257, 297. S. Maria in Cosmedin, 93, 242 ;

mosaics in, 242. S. Maria in Domnica, 93. S. Maria delle Febbri, 286. S. Maria Maggiore, 73, 102 ; palazzo

of, 169.

S. Maria ad Martyres, 93. S. Maria sopra Minerva, 90, 315, 387. S. Maria di Montserrato, 286. S. Maria Nuova, 93. S. Maria della Pace, 89. S. Maria del Popolo, 89, 94, 387. S. Maria in Portico, 92. S. Maria della Scala, 90. S. Maria Traspontina, 90, 192, 193. S. Maria in Trastevere, 89, 272. S. Maria in Turri, 239. S. Maria in Via, 89. S. Maria in Via Lata, 92. S. Maria della Vittoria. 90. Marie Therese of Austria, 405. Marini, 360, 361. Marinus II., 233. St. Mark s, Gondola of, 82. St. Mark s, Venice, 228, 238, 387, 436. Marriage, nullification of, 164.


4 88


INDEX.


Marshals of the Roman Catholic

Church, 59, 60. Martial, 189.

St. Martin, oratory of, 244. Martin V. (Colonna Pope), 48, 51, 172. S. Martino ai Monti, frescoes ol Old

St. Peter s in, ^77. Martmelli, Cardinal. 91 . Martini, M<>n^iior Luigi, i ^<> Martini, Sinionc, 3 $ ;. Martyrdom of St. Peter and St.

Paul, 2 ~-.\, -? > >. Martyrdom of St. Peter and St.

Paul on the Bronze Doors, 2.\.\. Marucchi, Commendatorc Orazio, ij;,

I2o, i2i>, 191, 2.\.\, 251, 2; 2. 253.

290, xni. Masaccio, 3 i ;. Masace io\ " Render unto ( a ^ar "

in the Carmine at Florence, ^>2. Maschere. ( labinet to d-lle, 34. Mass of the I loly Spirit, ;S. Mass at nnpiescnbed times, celcbra-

tion of, 1 68. Massacre of St. 1 ,.u tin >loinc\<, by

Va-.an. >, P,.\ K rix >].< JM KW. MiLssimi, Prince, 15^. Massuni claim to be the oMe.t tamiK

in Rome, descended fr mi LaUus

Maxiinu^, ;oi. Massinu, lirst patrons of printing m

Rome, 279, 501. M.istai Knetti (Pop- Pius IX.). Sj

217-

Master of the H-rs-, 38^. Masters of Ceremonies. Papal, .p, 5;,

56, 60, 62, 64, (j 137, 152

Matlnen. ( .11 dmal, >;l .

Matilda of 1 u . i ,tk- of Canossa belong! d to. . ( ; i ; d,,iiatu n of. 25^, 2()i ; latent im >nmnent ol C Hintr-^-,, 2.4 S . n in.i.r. , removed to St. ! t^r s t \ I il .m VIII., .-.) .- ; mid :!: i a: J>o. - 9 I ; | 01 ni m ] r.ii a of. ^3.

Mattel, 1 i in. e,

Maximilian. IhiUeof l a\..na, ^ji.

Medals struck by tin- Pope .ini.uallv 46.

Medici, (iiovanm de il to X.) 20 j.

Medici 1 opes. Jo}. J I i .

Medici. \ illa, j

Megalomaniac Popes. 212.

Mtlata, M lotto, i^ - .

Melea^er, \estibulc ol the. v -,r N Ksriiu i ]:.

Melozzo. See I dia.i.

Mcnologium (iie< um. or C .reek CaU ndar (Until (cnturv, executed lor the hmpcror Plasil I. 32 531.

Mcnologium of the X atican, 332.

Mercia, Coenrcd of, 232.

Merry del Val, Cardinal Katfaelc, 80,

. 92, 97, 116, U.S. 119, 123 126.


146, 171 ; description of, 128; English extraction and qualities of, 116, 128; reception room of, 12=; ; Secretary of State (see under SKCKEFARY OF STATE) ; his study,

129, 130.

Messulor, famous decree of. 107.

S. Methodius, 251.

Mexican Calendar, 330.

Me/zo-gala coach, j.So.

Mezzofanti. Cardinal, $04.

Micara, Monsi^Mior Rocco, 150.

Michel Any;elo. ,SV ; - under A.NGELO.

S. Michele. in Sassia. 2 ^ \.

Middle Ayes. Cardinal Bishops, Cardinal Deacons, and Cardinal Priests of tlie, 10$; Popes in the,

10$.

MiL^horati Pope (see. INNOCHNT VII.),

- . I- Milan, ifi. i /j ; AmUrosian library at

(si t l.IHKAK!I ,s). $OI 2.

Milan, Archbi ;h >;> of. <><>.

Mmer\ a. Temple of, 373.

Mi no da Pies ,le. 126, i /<), 223, 224, 2\i, 255, jf>o. 276, 2</>. 39;. 4>i-

Mmo <la I-iesole s "Charity," 255, 270; "Creation of Woman," 271, 276; " 1-aith." 22. (, j>5, 270. 271 ; " < -od the I-ather." 271 ; "Last Judgment," 270 272. 270 ; master piece, 270, 270; "Original Sin," 255 276; the Rallaelle of the sculptors of the Middle Ayes. 265 ; Resurrection of Our Saviour," 27 ), 270 ; " Temptation in the ( i.u den," 27 i .

Mint. 1 lie. 29, 3 .. i ^c>. 379 ; the. only -pot m the Vatican seized by the Italian Government. 379.

Mnn.r with rei.ef of Aurora carrying tl) 1 body ot l.er s<,n the original "f ilie 1 u t.i ot the Virgin with the I > idy ol ( )ur Lord, 464.

Mi . ;i< ins, ;

Mi - ^:on in Ap sto ici. \< (>.

n, aiiih.r (A th,. " New Voyage t" lta!\," 14, 2;9. 273, 3.4, 346 ; imprt s-iions of, 346; his visit to the Vatican Library. 5.44.

Monarchy \shich exists at Rome, the dual

Monrealc, 29$.

Moris Vaticanus, 371 1.

MonsigiHjr, 145 , 151.

Montaiyne, 344, 346. x . . criticixes Henry VIIL s book, 342; describes Vatican Library of his day probably under Sistine Chapel, 343; Ins impressions of the Vatican Library, 340 ; his journey to Italy, 340 ; his " Journal of Travels." 340, 403; and the MSS. of . 1 I letters, 3.43 ; and the Sculpture Galleries,


INDEX.


489


403 ; sees a Chinese book, 341 ; sees Henry VIII. s book against Luther, 341, 346 ; studying guide books and maps, 403 ; treated with courtesy at the Vatican Library, 342 ; what he saw in the Vatican Library, 341, 344; on the Vatican Virgil, 342 ; visited Rome in 1585, 340. Montalto di Castro (station for Vulci),

452.

Monte, del (see JULIUS III.), 275. Montefeltro, Duke Frederick, 321. Montefeltro Library, 329. Montel, Monsignor Giovanni de, 148,

149. Montepulciano, Cardinal Ricci da,

376.

Montfort, Amory de, 255. Montfort, Simon de, 255, 256. Montoro, Marchese Filippo Naro

Patrizi, 154. Monuments, destruction by Romans

in the Middle Ages, 429. Moran, Cardinal, 89. Morgan, Lady, says the inscription on

St. Peter s chair is Arabic, 252 Moroni. 43.

Mosaic chapel over tomb of Pius IX. at S. Lorenzo fuori le Mura made by Vatican factory, 389. Mosaic Chris ts of Palermo, Monreale,

and Cefalu, 293. Mosaic pictures required for altar of

St. Peter s, 389.

Mosaic of the Weeping Virgin, 272. Mosaics, 21, 47. 125, 224, 242, 245, 255, 256, 264, 288, 293, 295, 389; Byzantine, 266. Mosaics on Otto s tomb, 47. Mosaics of St. Peter s contrasted with those of Sicily and S. Sofia, 389 ; of St. Peter and St. Paul in the Chapel of the Tomb, 265. Mosaics on Pius IX. s tomb, 47. Mosaics, Sicilian, 125. Mosaics which came from the Oratory of

John VII., 296. Mosaics, Vatican factory of. See

STUDIO DEL MOSAICO. Mosca, Simone, Motu Proprio of the Pope, 162, 163,

167, 1 68, xiii.

Mourey, Monsignor Carlo, 148, 149. Mourning in Roman Church is violet,

in Greek Church is red, 43. Mozzetta, 38, 40, 98, 384. " Multiplication of the Loaves,"

268. Museo Chiaramonti. See MUSEUM

CHIARAMONTI. Museo Cristiano, n, 30, 324, 325,

335. 336. Museo kgiziano, 35.


Museo Etrusco-Gregoriano. See MU SEUM ETRUSCAN. Museo Kircheriano, 453, 461, 463. Museo di Leone XIII. 23 Museo Pio-Clementino, 213, 214, 216. Museo Profano, n, 31, 324, 325. Museums, 31.

Museum of the Capitol, 453. Museum Chiaramonti, 21, 34, 215. Museum of Christian Antiquities. See

MUSEO CRISTIANO. Museum, Egyptian, 35, 216. Museum, Etruscan, 17, 35, 276, 451,

453. 455- 458, 460, 461, 462, 464.

vii. Museums, Etruscan, at Florence, Cor-

neto, Volterra, Chiusi, 453. Museum, Mediaeval, of the Papacy.

See MUSEO DI LEONE XIII. Museum, Sculpture, 8, 10, 13, 15, 16, 17,

29. 33- 34.35. 22 9, 249,354, 361,

369. 379. 449. vi. Music, 447. Myrina, sculptors of, 337; terra-cotta

statuettes of, 464. Myron, 34.

NAPLES, Archbishop of, 90.

Napoleon, 34, 314, 413 ; depredations of, 216 ; tried to purchase a new Concordat, 216.

Napoleon I., 327.

Napoleon III., 326.

Narni, fortress of, 278.

National Museum, 211.

" Nativity " (fresco), 437, 439.

Naumachia, near the, 192.

Nava, Cardinal, 91.

Navicella of Giotto, 242 ; garden, or terrace of the, 378.

Nazianzenus, S. Gregory. See GRE GORY.

Negri, Gaetani, 344,

Nenfro, 455.

SS. Nereo e Achilleo, 92, 94.

Neri, S. Filippo e, 387.

Nero, bas-reliefs from the garden of, 224, 296 ; are they from the site of St. Peter s execution, 296 ; were they the inspiration of Mino da Fiesole, 296.

Nero, 266 ; Christianity under, 226 ; circus of, 31, 189, loo, 191, 193, 202, 226, 227, 241, 370; condemn ing the Apostles, 294 ; garden of, 191, 241, 256, 260, 370; Golden House of, 7 ; Palace of, 189.

Nerva, Forum of, 373.

Neto, Cardinal, 89.

Newburgh peerage, 66.

Nicholas I. (Czar), 326.

Nicholas II. (Gian Gaetani Orsini), 48,

51, 197- 275- Nicholas V., Thomas of Sarzana


490


INDEX.


(Parentucclli). <>, ~, 12, 14. i;, 16, 32. 1 97. igX. 190, 2oo L 220, 224, 255] 309, 31?. 3iS, 320. vii. ; absence "of scheming or intrigue. 300; "Apostle of Learning ." vn. , appointed Filelfo Papal Secretary. 310 ; levins New St. Peter s, 241 2 xi; 1. lamed for his ambition. 31 ;; bonks of. i ;. 512 . bookseller of, ?r>7 ; chapel of (see CIIAI ELS) , 1 : |.,n of manu script-, of, 31 s conception of making the Vatican Hill aval th- I alatme, " . 279 In-, com t. true explanation of the s; lendours ol ,, 5,17

death-bed speech ol his destruction c,f ( >M St. I

epitaph by, on I r.i An 315; tarn. >iis as a 1. iver . >t art and antiquities. 277 . tath.-r of the \ atican labrai v. vii.. i ,v _>; 3 - . 317. U9 : tirst ot all th - i " apprei late tli nti pnties of Home. 277 , t Hinder ol arch i 24 i < undei o| iirst maniil.ietorv ot tapest n ts ,,t In,

tomb in St. 1 etcr s ( i ypt, 27 ;, } i S had been a librarian and i op\ ist ot m. uiu .(Tints. 209. ; M |,,, u . | lr silence.l \ al!a. < i . . his idea .if the Kenais-; UK < ,,| th" u orld b\- l.-am

I ; a keen 1 ,\ .- r . ! an tj. |inti.-s 2oo ; kept stall . .t translators, 511, knew no ( Ireek, ? i i . libcralitv to si holars of, ; . .. 512 ; librarv ot. 277. .1 < . ll>rai U3 : " little

scholar ol Sar/an a," T, i \ , the Ma ( cnas of t he Pa par v. vii. , the magii! : his < him h s< i \ ices,

3< ><>: Oiler ; live th .u -. ind :

for MS. of St. Matthew in the original ( eel;. 3fx> . otters t -n thoiis md Kold due. its f, ,r trandati m ot H JOO p dace of, i .. i ,- paid l- - r a Angelic) onl\- liite.-n ducats a month. 312 . paid (Miami i one th m- sand ci.iwn, |.,r tran -kit ion of Strab i. 500 ; j> ud Perotti live hundred ducats for trandat; Polvbius. 312 ; paid \ alla live hun dred fjold scmli for tran lation of I hncydide ,. < i . . pa: ; painters from sev .-n t a month. 300 . partu ular about his manuscripts. 313 ; ., patron ( ,f ^reat artists. 30; ; a patron of the minor ar t s . ; :i:s Pontm-

cate, 27.S ; plan for rebuilding the I.conme City, 303, 304 ; plan tor fortifying the Vatican. 30; ; portrait by I Va Angehco, 31; ; printers did not come to Rome till after his death. 301 ; printing made Us ap pearance in his time. 279 ; his reign, supreme events happened in it such


as the Fall of Constantinople, and the invention of printing, 300 ; said he wished to spend all he possessed on books and buildings, 302 ; said " \ priest who was only good for ringing bells has been made Pope." 307 , sarcophagus ol, 279, 31* ; his scheme for a Papal city. 19*. -270. 3 M. 305 . his scheme for a new St. Peter s. ig.S ; the scholar I ope. 277 ; scholarship never had such a Maecenas as. 3<x>. 301 . sends for Poggio Braccioiini, 30^ ; splendid vestments and church jewels of. 3<> : stained glass of, 306, 314 ; study ot. 314 ; thinks of a secular theatre in the Vatic. in, 202 ; Thirty-Line Indulgence of. 2^, 300, 317 ; Fhirty-Onc-Line Indulgence of. - - ; V V1 317 : tried to preserve the ancient buildings. ii>X . tried to raise Christendom against the Turks by Indulgence-;. ^>1 . tomb of, 2^7. 271;, 2Q3. 3 ^, unexpectedly raised to the Papacy, ,-02 , when a poor priest ulwavs m debt tor manuscripts. 312 ; wished to make St. Peter s the migiiti"-;! temple j n the world, 279. wished to make Koine the centre of I -irmng. 512; wished to make the Vatican the astonishment of the world and the Holv See secure from enemies. 302, jo q ; world owes much to. 517.

S. Nicola in ( ircere, 9 5.

Nicola, M uisigiior Fihppo de, 150.

Ni -lsen s " History of the Papacy m the Nineteenth Century." x., 39.

\ihil. ! <>.

No vote of accession at election ot Pius X.. t, i.

Nobile. l rof.--,sor, KH>.

No!)!e (iuards, 19, 20. 30, 4^, ^<>, <;<>. 9 s . I =: < 4"- . a creation of Pius VII., 1 ^ ! offn ers of the. i 54 ; uniform of the. 1,4.

Noc -lla. Cardinal, (>i.

Nola. S. Paulmus ol, 229.

Nominalists, 3^0.

Non hia.4^2, 450 ; had other Ktniscan remains besides tombs and city walls, 453.

Norns. Father, ^4;.

Northumberland, Duke of, ^27.

Notary. Apostolical, i.pX ; Chapter, 46

Nova Patrum P.ibliotheca, ^03.

Novemdiah, 45.

No//e Aldo 1 randmi, h, 24, 30, 210.

Numa Pompihus. 4.

Nuncio. 05, 95, H>O, i jo. 113, 114. 117, 119, 172; usually made a Car dinal, 119.

Nuncios, archives of the, 359, 360 , to Pans, Vienna, Madrid, and Lis- tx>n, 95.


INDEX.


49 1


" La Nuova Biblioteca Leonina nel

Vaticano," 354.

Nussi, Monsignor Vincenzo, 148. Nuzi of Fabriano, Allegretto, 335.

OBEDIENCE, First, 72 ; second, 73 ;

third, 73 ; fourth, 76 ; fifth, 78 ;

last, 78. Obediences, 83. Obelisk, 190, 209. Octavian, Patrician of Rome (Pope

John XII.), 71. Oculus Papae (the eye of the Pope),

172. Odescalchi, Benedetto (Pope Innocent

XL), 213 ; Cardinal, 66. Odyssey, paintings from the, 338. Offa, King of the East Saxons, 232. Office of the Pope s Maestro di Camera,

17 ; Maggiordomo, 17. Official visits to the Vatican and

Quirinal simultaneously not allowed,

181. Officio del Sostituto del S. Concistoro,

173-

Officio delleSpedizioni per la Viadeno- minata " di Curia," 172.

Old St. Peter s, i, 15, 35, 126, 127, 194, 219, 223, 231, 250, 254, 255.. 256, 260, 266. 290, 294, 298, 318, 417, vi. ; aggregating buildings round it, 238 ; arch of triumph of , 231, 238 ; atrium of, 226, 227, 229, 232, 234, 238, 239, 242, 244, 377 ; atrium of, colonnade leading to the, 219 ; atrium of, paved with marble from Meta Romuli by Pope Bonus, 244 ; atrium of, use of, 234 ; basilica of, 220, 227, 230, 266 ; basilica, what it was like, 227 ; Bishop s throne of, 235 ; built out of and on Nero s Circus, 226 ; its bronze doors still used, 244 ; Campanile of, 196, 228 ; Cantharus of, 228 ; the Cathedral of Old Rome, 220 ; ciborium of, 236, 237 ; cloister of, 238 ; colonnades of, 422 ; column from Confessio, 248 ; condemned by Nicholas V., 240 ; Confessio of, 193, 194, 210, 224, 235 , 245, 247, 248, 250, 254, 294, 415 ; cradle of Christendom for twelve hundred years, 239, 241, 260 ; cross from the gable of , 257, 297 ; Crypt of, 256, 273 ; in the Crypt of St. Peter s, 257, 291 ; dedicated to St. Paul as well as St. Peter, 254 destroyed by Julius II., 241, 284 429; destruction of, 241, 261, 305 eighty-six Popes buried in, 226, 274 eighty-six tombs of the Popes de stroyed byBramante, 261, 274 ; epi taph of Charlemagne over the tomb of Hadrian I., 242, 243 ; epitaph of Hadrian I. not written by Charle


magne, 244 ; erected by Constantine the Great, 260 ; the fa9ade of, 228, 295 ; the fagade of, painting of, 295 ; its floor intact in Grotte Vecchie, 242, 291 ; first rumoured to be dan gerous under Nicholas V., 260 ; foundation of the present church, 261 ; the fountain (Cantharus), 228, 229. 234, 238 ; frescoes of the old basilica, 224 ; frescoes of in S. Martino ai Monte, 377 ; frescoes of shrines preserved in the Crypt of, 256, 296 ; its garden, 238 ; gold and silver treasures given by Hadrian I. in, 231 ; had five gates, 238 ; high altar of, 297 ; incongruity of its materials, 227 ; interior as indicated by Giulio Romano s " Donation of Constantine," 237 ; inscriptions from, 242 ; inscriptions of Boniface VIII. on the occasion of the first jubilee 1300, 242 ; inscriptions of Gregory II., 242 ; like S. Clemente, 226; the Madonna della Colonna from, 248 ; the Madonna di Soccorso from, 248 ; the model of, 220 ; more like S. Ambrogio at Milan, 226 ; mosaics of, 228, 238, 239, 256, 296 ; the most important remains are to be seen in the Crypt, 253 ; the museum of, 127, 218, 220; the museum is the crypt of the present church, 221 ; narthex, use of, 234, 238 ; the only undisturbed remains, 235 ; an ori ginal Constantinian church, 227 ; the outward and visible sign of the Apostolic succession, 240 ; paintings of, 220 ; the peacocks of, 228, 229, 377 ; the Pigna, 228, 229 ; the Pigna, compared by Dante to Nimrod s head, 228 ; porch of, 393 ; Porta Argentea, 239 ; Porta Guidonea, 239 ; Porta Judicii or Janua Judicii, 239 ; Porta Romana, 239 ; Porta Ravig- nana, or Ravennata, 239 ; its portico from the Aelian Bridge, 230; portico from the Tiber to, 231 ; its precious marbles, 227; in Raffaelle s tapestries, 237 ; its relics. 239, 245 ; its great relics : Head of St. Andrew, Holy Lance, relics of St. Peter and St. Paul, Volto Santo, 245 ; remains of, 242 ; its sanctity, 240 ; on the site of the execution of St. Peter, 226 ; the Tabernacle of Christendom, 241 ; the Temple of Christianity, 298 ; terrace of, 226 ; tombs of the Popes, 38, 273 ; its treasures, 231, 236, 237,

239 ; treasures given by Pope Honorius, 239 ; treasures given by Leo IV., 236 ; its venerableness, 239,

240 ; vestibule of, 373.

" Old St. Peter s and St. Peter s Crypt," 219.


492


INDEX.


Oliphant, Mrs., 319, 320.

S. Onofno, 90.

S. Optatus of Milevum, 252.

Oratory of SS. Sudarium" See JOHN

VI. s CHAPEL OF THE VOLTO SANTO. Oratory of S. Veronica. Sec JOHN

VI. s CHAPEL OF THE VOLTO SANTO. Orders, chu-f of the. 82 ; heads of the,

60, 71. Oreglia, Cardinal, 79, 82 > - 8S 1^9

if. 9.

Oncnta.1 alabaster, 416. Onental Church included in the

ceremony of the election of the Pope,

8 ; revision and correction of the

books of, ]</,.

< >i in-,, 1 !i-,h: ,p, 246. Or-ini, Cardinal, 247.

OrMni, Gian Gaetam (Pope Nicholas III.), 197. 27?.

< >r- mi, J nnce Don I ; i!ippo, i ; }. OrMin, Vincen/.o Maria (see BENEDICT

XIII.) 213.

Orthodoxy, 101.

Orvicto. 278, 285, 4^,2 . cathedral of, 427 ; l- .tiuscan tomb, with all its properties untouched, 4 > ; ; fortress " -?* full "f old Romanesque houses, j8;.

Osiiis changed into the god Apis. 440.

Ostia and Vclletn, Bishop of, con secrates a Pope who is not alreadva bishop 73, 88, <i.\ ; castle of, 50 ; frescoes from, ^ },S.

Otranto School, 330.

Otto, 219.

Otto II., Krnpctor, 223, 224, >s5

2X7, 202 , ii.nt not the cover of the sarcoj hagus of, 250, 282 ; tomb of, - ? >. - 287, .92 ; tomb said to be a f< uiitain at the Ouirmale,

Otto 111., I-.mpin.r. 250, 2,S7; buried m Cathedral of Aix-fa-Chapclle. .

Ottoboni, ( ,-irdmal,

Ot tdb( in ( ollcct ion. .M J2I , }2 v

Ottc bom, 1 ietro (Pope Alexander \ III.). 213.

( K < i seers of the sici.


PA CCA, 66.

Pac::g lone MnpcMore, incaning of. i ;o. Pagan I-.mperors, legends connecting

hnstinnity with, 240. Pa pa n Sarcophagi often used for

C hnstians, 269. Paintni" is not like literature, 464;

the three noblest conceptions of

the Son of Ciod in, 303. Paintings, ancient, 337 ; from the

Odyssey, 338 ; from Villa at Tor

Marancia, 338. Palace of the Consulta, 158. Palace of the Propaganda, 165, 166.


PaK-rologus, Thomas, 284. 301. Palafremeri, 384.

Palatina. Biblioteca, 212, 321, 322. Palatine, The, 8. 12, 15, 32, 33, 94 233

441;

Palatine Cardinals, 145, 146. Palatine Guard, 19, 59, 75, 153, I$4>

how recruited, 154; its duties, 154;

its officers, 154 ; its uniform, 154. Palatine Library. See BIBLIOTECA

PALATINA. Palatine MS. of Seventh Century

v rgil, 33a Palazzo di Venezia, 199, 270 276

277-

Palazzolo Acrcide in Sicily, 457. Palermo, crypt of the Cathedral of,

127 ; Royal Chapel of, 228, 238,

293, 4.^ : Spanish fortifications at,

37i. Palestrina, 281, 568, 460, 461 ; Bishop

of, 86. Palimpsests. 321. 327, 328, 357, 363,

304 ; from the Benedictine Library

of Bobbin, 321.

Paliotto, 236 ; of the high altar, 294. Pallavicino, ("animal, 391. Pallium, 245, 202, 20 \. Palo (station for Caere), 452. Pamfili, family of. 212, 264; Giam-

battista (Pope Innocent X.), 212. S. Pancra/r.), <>]. Panici, Monsignor Diomede. 148. Pantheon. The. 234, 295, 420. 42?;

granted by Phocas to Boniface IV.!

295; consecrated to >. Maria ad

Martyres, 295 ; spurious chest of S.

Veronica s I landkerchief, 247 ; thirty

waggon-loads of martyrs bones

brought here from the Catacombs,

21>N.

Panvmio. 319.

Pap:tc\ , the longest reign in the, 67.

Papal carriages, arms of the new Pope

plac -d on all the, 380, 38; ; very

few of them go back beyond Pius

IX.,

Papal Chancery. 150. Papa! Court, 5/8, 20.96, 113, 154, 359,

385 ; offices mostly honorary of

the, 153.

Papal Cross, 58, 84, 384. Papal Curia. See PAPAL COURT. Papal Kdicts. 173. Papal Government, iii. Papal Gensdarmes. 104, 105. 153. 402 ;

their constitution and duties. 15^. Papal Guards See NOBLE GUARD.

Swiss GUARD, PAPAL GENSDAKMES. Papal Grooms. See PALAI-RENIERI. Papal Hat, 135, 384, 385. Papal Household, mtendant of the, 39. Papal Insignia, 42, 43, 44. Papal Litter. 383.


INDEX.


493


Papal Pages, 385.

Papal Palace, old, 427.

Papal Printing Press. See VATICAN PRESS.

Papal States, 411.

Papal Territory, 156, 369.

Papal Umbrella, 385.

"La Papaute et la Civilization," xiii.

Papier-mache work, 427.

Papiri, Cabinet of the, 335.

Papiri of the Vatican Library, 343.

Papyrus, 341.

Paradise, Adam and Eve and the Serpent in, 268.

Parco Maggiore, meaning of. 150.

Parentucelii Tommaso (Pope Nicholas V.), 15, 277, 299.

Paride de Grassi, 391.

Paris, Archbishop of, 89.

Parnassus, The, 26.

Paschal II., 291.

Paschal III., 234.

Pasha, Khedive Ibrahim. See KHB- DIVE.

Passeggiata Margherita. 191.

Passerini, Monsignor Lorenzo, 149.

Patriarchs, 151.

Patriziato, 13$.

St. Paul, execution of, 266 ; of the late Roman frescoes and Byzantine mosaics, 266 ; martyrdom of, 254 ; of Pollaiuolo, 266 ; traditional portrait of, 266.

Paul II. (Barbo), 103, 126, 223, 226, 265, 276, 318 ; collection of classical and mediaeval antiquities of, 276, 277 ; desired to be buried in the sarcophagus of S. Costanza, which he had removed to the Palazzo di Venecia, 277 ; had the finest tomb of the Middle Ages, 223, 224, 265, 271, 276; the handsomest of the Popes, 276 ; sarcophagus of, 223, 276; mausoleum of, 255, 270, 271, 276; re-creating tomb of, 126, 199, 265, 270; wishes to take the name of Formosus (the Beautiful), 276 ; taste for dress and jewels, 277 ; vanity of, 277.

Paul III. (Alessandro Farnese), 9, 27, 161, 197, 207, 404, 413, 418, 446; and the building of St. Peter s, 413 ; melts the ancient jewels of Ther- mantia, 413, 418 ; tomb of, de stroyed, 413.

Paul IV. (Giovanni Pietro Caraffa), 50, i( 6, 208, 310, 402 ; has clothes painted round figures in Michel Angelo s " Last Judgment." 208. Paul V. (Camillo Borghese), 72, 211, 213. 245. 280, 358, 360, 374; fountains in the Vatican Gardens of,

373- 374- St. Paul s without the Walls, 225.


S. Paulinus of Nola on the Fountain of Old St. Peter s, 229.

Pavilion, Hill of the. 15.

Pavilion of Pius IV. See Pius IV., CASINO OF.

Pearde Beaufort, Mrs., 222, 258, 399; lectures on the crypt by, 222, 258.

Pecci, Cardinal Joachim (Pope Leo XIII. ), q. v.

Pecci di Carpineto, Brigadier-General Count Camillo, 154.

Pelagius, 77.

Pelasgic style of Etruscan jewellery, 460.

Penitentiaries, 37.

Penitentiary, Cardinal, 37, 55.

Penitentiary, Grand, 83, 171.

Penitenzieri Aojstolici, 171.

Peniten^ieri Vaticant, 41, 42.

Pentecost by Djmanichino, 405,

Peonies, wild, 370.

Pepin the Short, King, 285.

Peretti, Felice (Pope Sixtus V.), 209.

Permissions for mixed marriages, 162.

Perotti, 312.

Perotto, Nicola (same as above), 278.

Persian!, Monsignor Gustavo, 148.

Perugino, 25, 199, 395, 404. 408, 439, 44.3, 452; his frescoes over altar of Sistine Chapel, 199, 207, 395. 408 ; unident tied disciple of, 428, 439.

Perusii (Perugia), 452.

St. Peter bound, 268 : buried in the plac3 of his martyrdom, 192 ; Cata comb where he baptized. 126 ; denying Christ, 267 ; epistle of, 194; execution of, 31, 190, 254, 256, 266 ; site of execution of, 190, 191, 202, 209, 238, 260, 286, 370 ; execution of, site of, not at S. Pietro in Montorio, 191, 286; founds the Roman Church. 195 ; holding three keys is sigmiicant of Church triumphant, militant and suffering, 293 ; liberation of, 26 ; martyrdom of (see Sr. PETER, EXE CUTION OF) ; sarcophagus under the Papal Altar, 264 ; sarcophagus not under the exact centre of the basilica, 264 ; shrine of, in the crypt, 224, 231 ; superstiiioi about disturbing the grave of, 221, 241, 262 ; throne of, 274.

St. Peter, chair of, 229, 249, 251, 252, 253 ; bronze, made by Bernini for Alexander VII., 251 ; description of ,251 et seqq. ; exhibited by Pius IX. in the Chapel of the Holy Sacra ment. 252 ; in the baptistery, 253 ; Labours of Hercules on, 253 ; not the Sella Curulis, 253 ; not his seat in the House of Pudens, 252 ; not in the form of a curule chair, but Byzantine, 253 ; sixth century,


494


INDEX.


253 ; where his original chair is kept. 251.

St. Peter, statue of, 4;, 8;, 244, 251, 417 ; afterwards in the Chapel of SS. Processus and Martinian, 245 ; in crypt once a Consul, 2^7, 207 ; stood formerly in the oratory of St. Martin, 24 ).

St. I t-ter. toinh of, 221, 224, 226, 227, 230, 235, 245. 2=13. 259, 204 ; below level of Old St. Peter s, 2 x) : Cle ment VI11. thinks of opening it, 202 ; closed by Clement \ III.. 222, 234, 262, 2 M : erected by Linus and Anacletus, 2^9; ex amined by 1 ere (Insar. 263 ; in the Via Cornell. i, 2<> ; its gold cross given by the Kmpress Helena, 221. 222, 2 -2 ; not sacked bv the Saracens, 2^3 ; present condition of, 263; seen by Clement V 1 I I . , 221, 202, 2<>4 ; walled over, 2 x> 262.

St. Peter in m is;urs, 120, 200. St. I eter and St. Paul, 207 ; relics of,

245 ; traditional portrait-, <>t Peter s Pence. 1 list i tu tl on ot. 2 U- St. Peter s I omb as arranged by Con

stantme the C.reat, 2 < ;. St. Peter s, d. 17, iS, 29, 45, 73, 85, 127, 230, 259, 354, 379, 402. 415 ; altar ot, 4. >, 23 1 . 3.-;., ; altar ot S. Mary of the Column. 2<>; ; Anarchist outrage in, 221 ; arch- priest ot, 37, 40, KM,, archive-, of. 4 i t , baldachin ot, 4;. 422 . baldachmi, 237 ; baptistery ot. 240 , basilica ot, 42 ; the basilica ot Coiistantine in, 225 ; canons of, 4;, 4 .. .}- chapti r ot, 44 ; Coiiles-io ot, 4;, 47. 236, 2--, \. 259. 262, 264 , Conli-ssio of, p.iving ot chamber of, 263; seventeenth century mosaic in Conk--, ,10 of. 204 ; thirteenth century mosaic in C >n- i ot, 2<>4 , a Coiistan timan b.is-lica in. 20 1 . date of founding. 22^ ; <1\ namiters in, 221 ; in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. 234 ; Kthelwult s gilts to, 233 ; font of, 240, 2>a, 2>So ; Klac/ko wrong about font of, 287 ; finest Medi.i-val monument in. 240 ; gallery ot, J<4, 401, 402; high altar of, 73, 2^4 ; high altar erected by Sixtus IV. over the Confessio, 254; High Mass at, .jq ; the Hive of Christen dom, 373 ; illumination of, 424 ; little above the level of the Tiber, 26 1 ; Loggia of, 72, 76 ; nave of. 223 ; Needle (Aguglia di S. Pietro), 210; New, 261, 270; New, foundation laid by Julius II., 261 ; Old (*ee OLD ST. PETER S) ;


Papal altar of, 40, 231, 235, 236, 416 ; Papal entrance from the Vatican to, 248; Piazza of, u, 17, 70, 83, 100, 198, 209, 210, 212, 3 (K >. 3/0. 3 ( >^. 401, 402, 421 ; view of. from the Piazza of St. Peter s, 309; porch of, 28, 84, 230; roof of, 421 ; roof of, makes a huge piazza, 421 ; no houses on roof of, 421 ; sacristy of, 9, 190, 196, 209, 248, 415, 416, ^i 7i 4IO v ji ; sacristy contains celebrated Vatican cross, 250 ; site of, 241 ; Ship of, 82 ; Tcsoro of (treasure) (see TREASURY) ; tomb, chamber of, 204 ; tomb of Innocent VIII., 249 ; tribune of, 220, 249 ; view of, from garden of Pope, 309, 373.

St. Peter s, Bronze statue of St. Peter in. not the statue of Jupiter Capito- linus, 2|i. 251 ; may have been made from Jupiter s statue, 24 \ , mav be fifth century, but more probably sixth century work, 244 ; is I , 2( * ) ve.irs old, 2^1.

St. Peter s, Crvpt of, 3, 41, i2 >,

127, US. 129, 220, 221, 222, 242 .

247. .>;;, 254, 2^8, 318, vn. ; early Christian remains in the, 269 ; en trances to, 258, 2>>i , 2gS ; faith as well as monuments in the, 257; lectures on. 222 ; manv fragments of the old basilica in. 25; ; no time to snare in. 254 ; part of the old basilic i. 253; seen by torchlight till Pius X. s time, 222. St. Peter s, d )in i- of, jj >, 421, 422, 42^, vn. , a, cent ot, bv spiral plane, 420, 422 ; ascent should not be missed, 42;; cost and number of people employed on, 423 ; cup >la of, 425 ; diameter of, 420 ; cxteri >r of, 422 ; height ot. 42 ) ; finished by Giacomo d lla Porta. 423 ; finished in twenty- two m uiths, 423; gallery running round the, 422; Michel AnqjlYs d >me, 423 ; mosaics of, 422 ; permis sion to ascend, 420; must be visited between S a.m. and 11 a.m., 420; and Spanish Armada begun aim >st simultaneously, 42 \ ; view of in >un- tains from the, 422. Petitions to the Pope presented by the

Cardinal Pro-Datano, 173. Petrarca, 362.

Petrarch, autograph of, 328. Pharos, 231. Phidias, 34.

P ulip le Bel of France, 281, 282. Philip IV. of Spain, 40;. Phocas grants the Pantheon to Boniface

IV., 294. 295. Phienicia, 460. Piacenza, Monsignor Pietro, 148, 168.


INDEX.


495


Piccolomini, JEneas Sylvius (Pius II.), 200, 223, 283, 443.

Piccolomini, Francesco (Pius III.), 200.

Picture gallery, 8.

Pictures, Mediaeval, in the Vatican Library, 335, 336.

Pier, 259.

Pierantonelli, Monsignor Pacifico, 149.

San Pietrini, or steeplejacks of St. Peter s, 421, 423 ; do not live on roof of St. Peter s, 421.

Pietro, Cardinal (Angelo) di, 89, 146, 172.

S. Pietro, church of. 194.

S. Pietro e Marcellino, 91, 225.

S. Pietro in Montorio, 90, 191, 286 ; is under the protection of Spain, 191.

S. Pietro in Vincoli, 93.

Pifferi, Monsignor Guglielmo, 146, 168.

Pigna, 35, 228, 229, 377, 378.

Pigna, Giardino della. See GIARDINO.

Pignatelli, Antonio (Pope Innocent XII.), 213.

Pilate, 246, 267.

Pilgrims, 196, 265, 372 ; sometimes hold special services in the Chapel of the Tomb in the Crypt, 265 ; offerings of the, 234.

Pinacoteca, 27, vi.

Pincian Hill, 376.

Pinturicchio, 8, 23, 24, 124, 129, 199, 200, 217, 283, 329, 335, 395, 408, 427. 433, 438, 439, 441, 442, 444, 445, 446, 447, 448, 452 ; Alexander VI. s letter to, 428 ; beautiful backgrounds of, 439, 441, 442 ; frescoes by, 283, 285, 395, 408 ; frescoes in the library of Siena by, 443 ; his increasing popularity. 427 ; his pupils, 428 ; masterpiece by, 428, 443 ; paintings in the Castle of S. Angelo by, 428 ; paintings in the Vatican by, 428 ; school of, 130, 434 ; splendour of his Borgia Apartments paintings, 428.

Pistolesi s "II Vaticano Descritto cd Illustrate," xiii.

Pitti Palace at Florence, 416; mon strances in the, 414. " Pius Decimus," 83. Pius II. (^Eneas Sylvius Piccolomini), 200, 223, 269, 283, 291, 292, 301, 443 ; and Pius III., their bodies transferred to S. Andrea della Valle, 284 ; his career, 283 ; did nothing to the Vatican Library, 318 ; in his reign the Head of St. Andrew brought to Rome, 284, 292 ; has an ancient sarcophagus, decorations on it, 283 ; his passion to destroy Turkish power, 284. Pius III. (Francesco Piccolomini), 50, 51, 200, 269, 284; the last Pope buried in Old St. Peter s, 284 ;


sarcophagus of, 284 ; his work as a Pope, 284.

Pius IV. (Giovanni Angelo de" Medici), 50, 108, 164. 359, 376, 429 ; Casino of, 4, 108, 200, 208, 374, 375 ; brilliant soirees in the Casino of, 375 ; description of Casino of, 378 ; in the Vatican Gardens, 109, 167 ; rescued the Borgia Rooms, 429.

S. Pius V. (Michele Ghislieri), 101, 167, 208, 359, 360.

Pius Vf. (Angelo Braschi), 21, 52, 53, 60, 213, 214, 215, 289, 321, 324., 361, 431, vi. ; builds the Vatican Sculpture Gallery, 215 ; no tomb in St. Peter s, 214; a prisoner, 215 ; statue of, in Confessio of Vatican, 214, 262, 264.

Pius VII. (Chiaramonti Pope), 21, 33, 34, 53, 58, ii2, 118, 172, 215, 216, 217, 322, 327, 334, 337, 393, 409, 430, 431, vi. ; founder of the Egyptian museum, 216 ; founder of the Gallery of Inscriptions, 216, 334; founder of the Museo Chiaraaio.iti. 215; a great embellisher of ti; Vatican, 215, 216 ; a prisoner in France, 216, 409 ; visits France in 1804 to crown Napoleon, 216.

Pius VIII. (Francesco Saverio Castig- lione), 65, 75, 217, 375.

Pius IX. (Giovanni Maria Mastai- Ferretti), 5, 17, 18, 25. 32, 39, 40, 44- 45. 46, 47. 53. 54. 5. 62, 67, 82 84, 95. 114, 163, 181, 217, 252, 322, 320, 327, 366, 378, 380, 38 !, 389, 430, vi. ; all his carriages have the same peculiarity, 380 ; beloved of the Romans, 217 ; buys library of Cardinal Mai, 366 ; driving out in state, 381 ; drove in a Cavalcata, 382 ; first Pope to pass the years of St. Peter, 217 ; his postilion the cicerone of the coach-house, 380 ; Sultan confers a diamond order on the mule of, 381 ; his use of tobacco, 381 ; pra^cordia of, 288 ; praicordia of, buried near the three Stuarts, 289 ; tiara of, 412.

Pius X., 52, 69, 79, 82, 83, 119, 135, 181, 222, 368, 372; answer to the people of Lucca, 138 ; approves of the music at the Westminster Cathedral, 139 ; arms of, 387 ; attends two Masses in the morning,

142 ; blesses the people, 85 ; breviary of, 141 ; brief at his Masses, 142 ; and the Chapter of St. Mark s, 138 ; character of, 137 ; chats with his friends and gardeners,

143 ; coffee before 8 a.m., 142 ; day of, 141 ; does entertain pre lates to dinner, 114, 143; an early


496


INDEX.


riser. 141 , dresses and shaves him self, 141 . lavonnte look of, 1.14 lirmncss i, 137 , fond <il l.nv and MQ ; goes t<> "- ( 1 without as ..star.ie iiom his valet, 144 ; hour 1* r pi ay IT and contemplation, 14.1 : intcri st in the Call.edi ..1 of \\ i ; , Ulster, i , , the la.st in tlu- Yaiuan to go to In (1, 1 44 , laughs w hile 1 j>hot< yi a; In d with tin- hi-! 140 , likens the \\ estmil.stc .

dral t St. Mai i. s. \ i nu love ol i hiliii i n, i 40 . 1( ivc * I a jokr. 140 ; si al tin- Ma

142 , mobility ot features. 144 ; ai.d tlu- r.( w r.itiiauh ol Venice, I }</ : pnvv cha| lain of, 14-, j hi >ti < i a) l.t d %\ nh the j . the- C athi >.u ASS. .(. latioii. I . . niatu n of. 84 ; i eceives at ,x a.m. his six n tai les to d. c;de the d v,< ! K . i .; . i i fives at >> a in. C ardinai Sec ivtai y ot State. I.;- , rci ci\ c-s at <; p.m. his secretaries, again. 14 i receives society at (, pm.. 144 ; nliists to make his sistt is C i r.ti si iuK a med.i)

and hi-. lle->-~,n^ to a SK k clnlil. 14 > , siinplii ity ol lu^ lile, 141. 14^, sislers fil, i ." . i v -ind l.is si l.at-,, i 40 leU i hone to \ enn e of, 1^7 t;aia it, .;!.. and hi.-, \\alks in the \atuan (.arden, 14. ; wire less tt h i h ne < 1. 137.

r l.iiitin pi : nt m^ ] less at Antwei p. 341.

I latiiia, the I. mi. .us hbianan ot the Vatican, 275, 31^. j o, -

Plat IK r. . 4.;.

Thin, -llusitated MS. of

I lutaK h, with m ! tius, fn m

Uue n ( hi i-.tm.i s lil-iai y.

I odestas. \(i.

Pof;(;io 1 :rai i i"liiu. .V( I .I:AI i na IM.

1 oletto, MI us pic >r ( .iai oino. i .jS, 141;

I ollamolo. Antonio. .MO, j.js. ^49.

1 ollaiuolo, Matti o, i </ ? -04,

294 ; and the sci ( ei, i. i t I.e old t < .11- K.S-.IO . . n artist. ;

t . .nles-,10 ol. 224, 254, 2< 4, rf. i ; his "St. I aul." 2(>o ; r.ut to be con fused with Antonio and 1 ietro, .

Tolhnuolo. 1 ietro, .

l o!y<. letus, 34.

l ( 1\ glot printing. 165.

I oinpen, 33<\ 3</4-

1 ompev. 1 he. ill e ot

I t n.pili, Monsignor I .asiho, 148.

I unipilius, Nnma, 4,370.

Ponent. K O.

Pons Ner^*nianus, 189.

Pons Triumphalis, 1^9.

Pons Vaticanus, 189.

Ponte Molle, 276.

Pontifi l-.iect, h3.


Pontiticia Cornmissione per ^h Stucli lliblici (<"oinmission for Hiblical Studies). 171.

Pontiticia. l- amiKlia. Sec I "AMIGI.IA.

Pontitical Commissions, 157, 161.

Pontincal CommissHjn lor present cnsi^ with 1- ranee, IKS, i =;8.

Pontilical Commission for the Reunion ot the Disseiitin, 1 Churches, 102.

Pontilical ll.it . toj.

Pontifical | in sdic tion. 74.

Pontilical Orders ot Knighthood, (Irand (. hancellor ol the. QJ.

Pontincal ot Cardinal Ottoboni. 328.

Poiititic.il registers, 359.

J ontilicalis, Liber, 3> l >.

1 c, 1 lie, 20; acceptance of office, 71 . accession of the. 74, apart ments ot. ii. 16, 17, 10, 30. ;M ;. 210. apartments of. founded by I 1 1 an \ 1 1 1 , 212 ; at an audier.v e, 1 34, 135; to obta n an audieni e uith. 1 3 i , lilaciv. io(> ; bomb thrown in St. 1 etei s at the venerable. 127 ; chief contul.int of, 142 ; changes his name at election, 71 ; chrisin boxes ol. 411 , c.i.ich- hoi;s— of, >, 31, 37.x ; three coltim ot. 46 ; (i eati s tin- Cardinals and the Cardinals create the Pop.-. 80 ; cupbearer ot ( wr C orri I-.RH) . death ol a, 37 , dignity ot the. 135 should dine always alone. I 13 ; election ol a. 31;. 48. election of. bv C mini il ol Constance. 48; funeral ot, 44 . funeral enc >m:um ol. 47 garden ot the. 4. 10, 15. 31 , .1 garden ot the. 3f>S,

3(x; , gaideii. oi anges m. 309 ; sole interpreter ol the Council of Ireiit, 1 4 : military force-i of, 153 ; nationality ot, 51. 52 , Ne; hew ot, i i j , objects to be blessed by, i ^3 . personal attendants, 147, uho saw St. Peter s tomb

(>CC Cll.MKNT \ 11L), 2JI, 22^ ;

embalming the pra-cordia of the. 41, 4.; ]>nvate tapestries of. 9, 404. vn. , privy seal ot. 171 . Ked, 105 , ruling in Cavalc ita, I he, 3X4 , sacrist c.l, if>8, 41 17 , sacristy ol. 147; secretary of the. 112; shoes ol. 410, stockings of, 410; Nesting ihamber t>f. 40} ; temporary tomb ot the. 4(1 ; temporary tomb ol the late, 249 ; tiara of (>ee i i A K A s )

Pope- King. I I .

Pope-Maker, 1 he, 51.

Popes, list of, xv., xvi., xvii.. xvni., xix. ; Dutch, 52. Knglish, 52, 223 ; 1 rench. 52; Cierman, 52; Italian, 52 ; Oriental (twenty-two), 52 ; Spanish, 52 ; departure of, to


INDEX.


497


Avignon, 359 ; in exile, vi. ; ol hfteenth and sixteenth century, generous embellishers of the Vati can, 200; need not be Italian, or in Holy Orders any Roman Catholic layman is eligible, 51 ; palace of (sec VATICAN) ; tombs from Old St. Peter s of the, 273, vii. ; triple crown of the, 257 ; white mule, harness for, 382.

Pope s entrance to St. Peter s from the Vatican, 248 ; four state pro gresses before 1870, 387; Mass, 19; palace at Castel Gandolfo, 369 ; Secretary of State, Cardinal Merry del Val (see SECRETARY OF STATE and MERRY DEL VAL).

Porphyry, 250, 290.

Porporati, 100.

Porta, Giuseppe della, 399.

Porta S. Paolo, 191.

Porta Santa, 76.

Porta Yiridaria, 197.

Portanova, Cardinal, 91.

Porte is used to imply the Sultan in his official relations, iii.

Porticus lulii, 32.

Porto and S. Rutino, Cardinal-Bishop of, 88.

Portone di Bronzo, u, 14, 17, 27, 29, 132, 213, 244, 390, 398-

Portone di Ferro, 10.

Potter, Miss Mary Knight, x.

Potter, Miss Olave, xiv.

Pottery, Berlin, 326; Swiss, 320,

Pozzolana, Romans destroyed ancient buildings for their, 205.

Pnecordia, embalming the Pope s, 41, 42.

Pra-ncste, casket, 463.

Pra-neste, collection in the Museo Kircheriano, 463.

Prague, 280, 321 ; Archbishop of, 91.

S. Prassede, 92.

Praxiteles, 34.

Preachings, 20.

Preconization (i.e., proclamation) of bishops, 98.

Pvcdicante, 167.

Prefect of the Apostolic palaces, 117 ; of the ceremonies, 62, 63. 147 ; of a Congregation, 37, 143 ; prefects of Congregations nominated by the Pope, 159; of the S.S.P.P.A.A., 02 of the Vatican Archives, 92.

Prefect-General of the Propaganda so well informed on African, Far Eastern, and Pacific affairs, 166.

Prefetto dell Economia, 165, 166.

Prefetto-Generale, 165, 166.

Prelati Assistenti, 151.

Prelati della Casa della Sua Santita,

IS*-


Prelati Chienci di Camera, 149.

Prelati di Collegio, 148.

Prelati Refer endari secondo 1 Kpoca

del Giuramcnto (Referendaries), 150. Prelati Votanti (voting prelates), 150. Presbyter, 88. Presbyter Cardinalis, 88. Pretender, Old, 222, 420. Pretender, Young, 222. Prignano, Bartolommeo (Urban VI.),

274, 275.

Prime Minister, Pope s, 22, tog, 115. Princes of the Church, TO ). Principi Assistenti al Soglio. 15;,

273- Principi Assistente of the Papal

Throne, 384. Printed Books, Library of. Sec

LIBRARY.

Printing, discovery of, 255. S. Prisca, 90. Prisca, Cardinal, 90. S. Priscilla, Catacombs of, 125. i2 >,

252. Privileges of the Camerieri d Onorc in

Abito paonazzo, 152. Privileges of the Camerieri Segreli, 152. Procaccini di Montescaglioso, Mon-

signor Ferdinando, 150. Processions, 42, 43, 100. Pro-Datario, Cardinal. See CARDINALS. Promoter of the Faith, 168. Promotore della Fede, 168. Pro-Nuncio, 172. Propaganda, 103, 161, 211. Propaganda Fide, iii. Pro-prefect of the Congregazione dci

Sacri Riti, 93.

Protestant Germans in 1527, de struction done by, 207. Protestants welcome at the Vatican,

133- Protonotari Apostolici Soprannumc-

rari, 148. Protonotari Apostolici ad ins tar Partici-

pantium, 148, 151. Protonotari Participant!, 148. Protonotary Apostolic, 108. Provincial Councils, 164. Prudentius, Poem of, 229. Pudens, House of, 252 ; magisterial

chair of, 252. S. Pudenziana, go. Purple, 97. Puzyna de Kozielsko, Cardinal, So,

91. Pyramid of Caius Cestius, 192.

QUADRIVIUM, 446.

SS. Quattro Coronati, 91.

Quinctian meadows, vi., i8S.

Quintilian, 307.

SS. Quirico e Giulitta, 90.

Quirinal, 41, 42, 58, 75, 287, 416,


INDEX.


( , Mil 111," I 1 l <-,-.. I ,(>.

(Jiii > nomine vis in postf rum \ oi ,u i - ?.

" (.Juod non tecerunt Barbari, fecerunt Barberim," 21 1 .

<._ umm tor ,1 Congregation, i ;<;.

UA((<>MA, I run. i Scconda, l er/.t. ^i I crza, 550, 351.

Ralt-i -lle. (>, ix. 22, 2; 50, ! ;;. ;i>; ^94, 395, ;</ , 402, | 59, 447, 452 , appointed architect ol St. Peter s bv I co X., 204 ; Apostle-, of, the t\pe

I the Salvationists ol to-day, 393 ; Mible of. 20 ; t alls tlu- Roman-, more destructive than tile (ioths, 20; ; Hours o|. 22, 441; , l.iments cie-n IK tion ot Ancient Koine, 200; ,ind his pupils, charmim; trescoes bv them in the bath-room of Car-

I . 1 1 1 " 1 1 . i R. lt.iell scartoons bought bv ( haile,

I 111 I l.illdel S, 3<;I , "Cllpld ,111(1

l -.\ ( h illustrated plan ot

K . illie, 21 >4 ; letter to Leo X..

[1C, K, 12, itf, 20, 20, 44.

o, - < 54 4 >7, vi. ;

ma.sterpicce, 203 59.?; " Mirai ulotis

I transit i l Fishes." 303 : pupils.

 ; : ; ; - , "School ot Athens,"

-">.

13 i ; vi. ; St. 1 ctrr heahm.; the I .ilaU tic at the He.iutltul ( .ate of the I eniplf," ^3.

Kallaclle s tapestrie--, >i. n^ t , 205, J^7,

</ 1 \ 11. " I he \d. irat ic >n o| the

M. -) v < i . 1 flight b\- I ni-> \ I I ?g2 ot the " ( allmi; ol St. IVttT." (!. tlii- cartoon— on^mallv in t -m !(! I >r t lie Li i^i; 11 . ^ ( i . " Con-

\ el Mi >11 ot St . 1 .IUl." ^l I COS) ol

u c lim.; (o I .am i.im . iv I I )>-.i I h

t Ananias." 594 ; executed t , ,,- t |,,.

^i-tme ( ll.lpi-l. svJ . glorious in

colour and (li^nitx. ^i;j . mteiioiit\

I those designed li\- his pupiN.

( > 1 . Ill Jill ed Ml the ( oDStallle i|

r>ombon > sack ot Hoiiii

" .Ma^.icre ot the lllllocellt--." io4 the ni t i eautilul. n>i , not to In llll-.--ed " I ompeil." :

" 1 he Sacrilice ol Lystra." 593 si ild bv the French to a ( icnoese I e\\ i he Stoning oi

Stt-phfii," ;v-t ; " St. I aul in Prison at 1 lnlippi," ^(^4.

Haltaelle s " 1 ransti^ura t n<n .

K.ivrnna. ^,; ; inhabitants of I ras- te\ere sprung from, i

Reading Kooin, 33.

Hoctor of the I ni verso, 78.

Red Sea. passage of, 26*.

Reformation. i6C>.

Hi t;cnt and Sotto-Sommista, l ;u, 171.


Hoggio-Calabna, Archbishop >t oi. Rrguhni-Galassi tomb viflded (!]

(rolden Treasures which are the ^lorv

ot the (ircgorian Museum. 4,7, 4 x>

461-

Remus, Mela ol, 193. Renaissance, 2oX, 2*^9 ; most la>,n.t|

work <! the, 2oS ; object of th-

l ; arher Italian. ^iS. Respighi, (. animal. 91. 102. " Resurrection, The" (fresco), j;;. Retinues of ^or^eous servants, o ^. II Retire, del (imlio II., 4.4,^. Reverenda Camera ApostolK.*, ip.

I 4<j , its duties, I 49. Reverenda Fabbnca, address of the.

169. Reverenda Fabbnca di S. Pietro, ^91.

120. Re/ /on ico. Carlo ( I op- ( lenient XIII.)

l\e//i unco, I i nice. ;X- . Khampsinitus ( Rame>e ,), j 10. Rhetoric, 44 ). Rhodes, Kniidits ol St. John at,

211.

Riario. Cardinal. 520 . extravagance of. 32 > ; garden of. 567.

RK cardi Chapel. See < M \i-ti.s.

Ricci, Corrado, 427, 130. 44 4, 447. vn. , admits the skill with which heitz worked. 432: hi> book on I mturic- chio. 432, xii. . his coloured repro ductions of I mtuncchio, 41; , di-,- at;rees with Mhrle. 43- .

UK hard . ( ardmal .

Kichelniv. ( ardmal . (;i .

Ulddell. KlJlop

Klell/l. Ci il.l dl . 2X7 . ( I /.

Ri-tori, l ra. 107.

Riti. I4v.

R be-, ol I , i] le - and Cardinal-., 410.

R. be. ]>resented lo Leo XIII. lor his | ul >i lee. 4 lo ; worn by the 1 ope on his throne on the Sedia (iestatoria , i i >,.

R ibin.i; io. .111--. ( ardinaN , ; , I ope -,

9, 22.

U ( K het . ;> . . ,s . ?S(.

" U oma caput nniiidi re^it orbi-, freiM rotundi.

Roman ait. little pictures uhich border ^reat picture--, 39;.

Roman Catholic reaction ol the .six teenth century, L H.

Roman Congregations, all ph-adinu; done in wntmi; in, \<x).

Roman frescoes, 200.

Roman Library, 140.

Roman life, old splendours of, 96.

Roman Pontifical, 74.

Roman portrait busts, 207.

Romau Triumph, 383.

Romano, diiilio. > f >. j2S.


INDEX.


499


Romano MS. sixth century Virgil, 330.

Romano, Paolo, 272, 294.

Romans, ancient, did not allow burials in the city grounds, 238 ; tombs spared by the, 195.

" Rome, centre de la Renaissance et mere de toute civilization ! " 299.

Rome, decorations for birthday of, ^83 ; founders of, 369 ; panorama of," from the Dome of St. Peter s, 421 ; sack of, 239 ; sack of, by the Constable of Bourbon in 1527, 207,

3i3-

Romescot, 233. Romulus, birthday of, 368 ; meta of,

103, 244 ; and " Remus, tombs of,

191, 2.14.

Rootless Palace, 49. Room of the Church Festivals, 124. Room of the Papiri. See HALL OK

THE PAPIRI. Rospigliosi, C.iulio (Pope Clement IX.),

-213-

Rospigliosi, Prince, 154. Rosselli. Cosimo, 199. Rossellino, Antonio, the heavenly

sculptor, 260. Rossellino, Bernardo, 260. De Rossi, 252, 353, xiii. ; of to-day,

the, 251, 356; permitted by Pius

IX. to see the Chair of St. Peter,

252.

Rota, auditors of, 56. Rotunda, 213.

Rouen Cathedral, spire of, 420. Rovere, M. Bartolommeo della, 200. Rovere, Cardinal Girolamo, 320. Rovere, Cardinal Giuliano della, 50,

320.

Rovere, Francesco della, 203. Roveres, della, 10, 12, 51, iyv. II Rovinante, 226, 261. Rudolf of Burgundy, 234. Ruland, bibliophile Canon, Antonio,

35i- Ruspoli, D. Alessandro, 152.

Ruspoli, Prince, 152. Russian Calendar, 325.

SABATIER, M. PAUL, viii.

S. Sabina, 91.

Sabina, Bishop of (Cardinal Cassetta),

89.

Sacchetti, Giulio dei Marchese, 153.

Sacchetti, Marchese Urbano, 153.

Sacra Rota Romana, 148, 171.

Sacramentary of Boniface IX., 330.

Sacred College, 48, 49, 50, 53, 54, 55, 62, 75, 81, 83, 86, 87, 93, 95, 97, 101, 103, 106, 112, 157; secretary to, 93, 95-

Sacred Congregations. See CONGREGA TIONS.


Sacred House, or Home of ihe Virgin

Mary, 170. Sacred Way, 5, 383. Sacrist, 37, 62, 146. Sacrist, Sub-, 62. Sacristan, 415.

Sacristies, their accessibility, 415, 419. Sacristy of St. Peter s, 9. 19. iy ( ->,

209, 248, 415 ; contains three panels

by Giotto "from Old St. Peter s,

2 ;o.

Sacristy, Sistine, 9. Sagra Consulta, 158. Sagrestia Commune, 415. Sagrestia dei Beneficiati, 415. Sagrestia dei Canonici, 415. Sala degli Animali, 34, 213. Sala delle Arti Liberali, 432, 445. Sala delle Arti e Scienze, 24, 445, 4^0,

447-

Sala della Beatilicazione, 11.

Sala della Biga, 17, 35, 213. 451.

Sala dei Bussolanti, 19.

Sala dei Busti, 34.

Sala, CUmientina, 19, 132.

Sala del Concistorio, 12, 50, 132.

Sala di Consultazione, 352, 353.

Sala di Costantino, 26.

Sala del Credo, n, 24, 129, 130, 127,

447-

Sala a Croce Greca. 34, 213. Sala Ducale, n, 14, 16, 21, 28, 4\.

76, 213, 402, 403, 404, 407, 408,

vii. ; arch of, 408. Sala dell" Immacolata, 25. Sala dei Misteri, 431 , 432, 435, .436, 457,

438 ; its frescoes, 436. Sala delle Muse, 34. Sala dei Palafrenieri, 19, 20. Sala del Pappagallo, 21, 28. Sala dei Paramenti, 21, 22, 27, 55. Sala dei Pontinci, 11, 22, 23, 360, 434,

435, 450 ; its tapestries, 450. Sala Regia, built by Antonio di San-

gallo, ii, 12, 14, 1 8, 27, 44, oo, 84,

99, 10 I, 207, 209, 398, 399, 48,

vii.

Sala Rotonda, 34 Sala delle Sibylle, n, 24, 130,427,447,

448 ; not the work of Pinturicchio,

448. Sala Sistina, 6, 32, 33, 323, 324, 327,

335, 348, 349, 350, 351, 352, 354. Sala del Trono, 99. Sala della Vita Madonna, u, 23. Sala delle Vite dei Santi, 1 1, 439, 44-

444-

Salviati, Prince, 384. Salzburg, Archbishop of, 92. Samassa, Cardinal, 92. Sanminiatelli, Cardinal, 91. San Pietrini, 85. Sancha y Hervas, Cardinal, 90. Sancta Sanctorum, 275.


IN DFX.


Sangallo, Antonio da, 27, 208, 398,

s . O. 401.

Sano di Pietro, 335. Sansovino, 445.

Sant Angclo. I .ridge of, 231, 304. Sant Angclo. Castle of, 4, 74. 287.

360, 424, 427, 428, 445 ; converted

into a M st-dass media-val fortress,

427; passage troin the Vatican to,

427-

Santa Croc e, 1 urn ess, <> 2. Santi di Tito, ?7 ;. Santo Spirit i, i 80. San? de Samper. Mmisignor Riccardo,

147.

Sapieha, Moiisi^nor Adamo, 147. Saracens, 231, 23(1, 371 . defeat ol, at

Ostia, 25 ; sack ol the ninth century.

Sarcophagus, ilie finest Christian Roman, 2 ; . open, full of tloueis : design used b\ Pinturicchio, Peru- gmo, Raflaelle, 439.

Said), Moiisignor \ mceiizo, 142, 147.

Savto, Cardinal. 79. 80, Si, 82, 83. 84. 138.

Sai/ana. 7. 15. 107, 277, 278, 299.

Saivana, llamas. ,i| 278, 20o. ^07,

.^ "

Satolb, Cardinal Francesco. 81

i 170, 171. Savclli ;</.

Savonarc .hi . 286, 429. Sa\ oy, Duke- ol. 51. Saxon china } M. Saxon kings, 231 ; 1 < conic- monks. 232 ;

in i,- of, .

Sa\( n sc h< >i .K . _ ; ;. Saxons had a <i,i:ich, The-. 2^,4. Sc ah: Nc ibile. 17, 34, 35, 21 (. Sc ala 1 ia ,14,1 i . Scala Rtjjia, 1 \ P i-rnini. it. 17, 25,

27. 3. 43. ( " — . - 3. 3^ s . 401 .

dec orated lot 1 apal pageants, Scala Santa, 27;.

Scaiab.vi, agate. 4^2 ; revolving, 403. S( her/i d ac (|iia. ; 7. Schism, (ireat. 52, ^,9. Si hool ot Athens jo." Sc ijiin, tomb of. 244. Scorpions and serpents in Cerveti-ri

tombs, 458. Scnniuni, 358.

Scriptorum veterum nova collectio "

3.63.

Sci ittori, 151, K)8, 323, 430. Scrutineers, 69, -t.,. Sculpture-, fragments of Pagan, 228. Sculpture Gallery (see Mrsti M OF

S( fi i-TfKi- .) ; road to the, 156. San Sebastian oi the Borgia "Rooms,

24, 440.

S. Sebastian. ( him h of. ,, n thr Pala tine, 4.1 1.


Sebastianelli, Monsignor du^lielmo

148.

S. Sebastiano, Archbishop of, 92. Secretariate of Ecclesiastical Allans

Extraordinary, 117. Secretariate of State, 1 17. Secretaries to the Cardinals, 59. Secretary of Cypher. See CYPHKR. Secretary, Pro-, 1 18. Secretary of State, Cardinal, 8, 14, 22,

23, 24, 37, 39, 79, o, 81, 92. 07,

98, 108, 110, 112, 114, 117, IK),

123, 142, 140, 170, 405, 445 , allowed widest discretion, 110; the ulttr fi, c of the Pope, 113 ; attends to 1 apal correspondence, i i ; ; his accessibility, i]6; channel in all applications to the Pope, 115 ; ol the lloly See, his need for caution, 117 ; lor home allairs, 112 ; neces sarv i|urditications tor, 115; recep tions to ambassadors. 114; nou- olticial receptions. 11;. 125 ; recep tion by p. >pe dail\ . 114; reception rooms 01,445 i takes charge of foreign atlairs. 112. Secretary, Sub-, i 18.

Set letai \ -Substitute. 93.

>< ietar\ Substitute-Minutante, c^.

Sedia ( iestatol ia, lo, 40, 44. 70, 25 ] . 385. 402, 412.

Sedia N acante. ; >.

Segna, Cardinal, 02, 171.

Segnatura Papale di (iiustizia, 148, 149.

Segretario il Ambasiiata (Secretary .1 I 1 mbass\ ). i 47.

S<-gretario del l .re\i. C.irdinal. 140

Segri-tano de; l .re\ i ai i rincipi. 147.

Segretario delle S. Cernnoniali, 147.

Segrctario deil.- l.ettere Latine, 47. 147.

Segretario della Keyerenda Fabbrica di S. Pietro. 258.

>icit7, Commendatore Ludovico, art director o) the Vatican, 323, 396, 431. 432 ; his restoration of the Borgia Kooins. only one considerable altera tion of the pictures in, 431.

Sella Curulis. 253

Seneca. 328.

Septizonium. elections at the, 52.

Serbelloni. Cardinal, oi.

Sernionetti, 215.

Serpotta, (liacomo, 4rx> ; exquisite stucchi of, 4(xi.

Severoli, Cardinal, 65.

Se\-res vases. 32, 326, 327.

Sezione delle Collazioni iJeneficiali, 172.

Sezione delle Dispense Matrimoniali,

1/2.

Sfumata. 70. So. S. C,. P.. 153. Sicilian style ot turnishiiif. a salon, 125.


INDEX.


501


Sicily, a sarcophagus used three times

in, 269. Sieira, 283.

Siena, Cathedral Library of, 23, 123, 200, 217, 283, 314, 395, 435, 449 ; frescoes of, 435, 440. Signorelli, Luca, 25, 199. SUius Italicus, 308. Silvagni, 418. Silvester, Pope, 290. S. Silvestro in Capite, Commendatario

di, 88.

SS. Silvestro e Martino ai Monti, 89. Sistine Chapel. See CHAPELS. Sistine Treasury. Set TREASURY,

SISTINE. S. Sisto, 90, 94. Sisto, Fra, 197. Sixte-Quinte, 335. Sixteenth century, 108. Sixtus II., 315.

Sixtus IV. (clella Rovere) (builder of the Sistine Chapel), 14, 51, 193, 199, 231, 247, 254, 310, 318, 359. 360, 433, 444 ; appointed Platina director of the Vatican Library, 318, 319, 444 ; ciborium of, 272, 297 ; ciborium of, all its Twelve Apostles preserved, 297 ; nephews of, 320 ; his Vatican Library (now the Floreria), 319 ; tomb of, 44. Sixtus V. (Felice Peretti), 26, 32, 41, 42, 52, 93, 96, 101, 108, no, 190; 209, 210/321, 327, 340, 345, 358, 387, 423, 429 ; builds Library of Vatican across Cortile del Belvedere, 202 ; Congregation of, 159 ; Library of, vii. ; to his nephew, Cardinal Montalto, instructions of, 110, in. Skrbensky, Cardinal, 91. Small Cabinets, Room of, 30. Sobieski, tomb of Maria Clementina,

420.

Soderini, Conte Edoardo, 153. Sodoma, 25.

Solomon, Temple of, 247. Sommista, 150, 171. Sophia, Hagia, 220. Soracte, Bernard of, 251. Sostituti (substitutes), 151. Sostituti Minutanti, 151. Sostituto della Segreteria di Stato e

Segretario della Cifra, 147. Sottodatario, The, 147, 172. Sotto-Sommista, 150, 172. Soutane, 99 ; kept ready for the new

Pope, 64, 72, 373. Spada e Cappa, 20. Spaniards, 52. Spanish tiles, 129. Spedizionieri Apostolici, 172. Speziale Palatino, 42. Spezzo, Monsignor Cesare, 150, 171.


" Spicilegium Romamim," 363.

S. Spirito, 234.

Spogliatoio, 21.

Spoleto, Fortress of, 278.

Spolvenni, Monsignor Francesco, 147,

148, 172. S. P. Q. R., 382. Spurina, 452. Squills, 5, 378. Stables, 31, 32.

Stadium of Domitian. See DOMITIAN. Staircases, 14, 17, 18. Staircase to theMuseo Pio-Clementino,

i/. Staircase from the Vatican to St.

Peter s, 29, 44.

Stamperia, or printing-house, 349. Standard of the Church, 100. Stanza Capitolare. See CHAPTER

HOUSE.

Stanza d Eliodoro, 26. Stanza dell Incendio, 26. Stanza dei Papiri, 30, 335. Stanza della Segnatura, 26. Stanze. See RAFFAELLE. State banquets, 114, 405. Statue, Gaileria delle. See GALI.ERIA. Statutes to be approved by the Pope,

163.

Steeplejacks. See SAN PiETRlNi. Stefaneschi, Cardinal, 250. S. Stefano al Monte Celio, 91. Steinhuber, Cardinal, 92, 166. Steinmann, 353. Stephania, widow of Crescentius, kills

Otto, 250.

Stephen II., 190, 230. Stephen III., 94. Stilicho, 230, 370, 418. Stone on which the bodies of St. Peter

and St. Paul were divided, 255,

290.

Stone-pines, 5, 376, 378. La Storta Fornella (station for Veii),

452-

Story, Mr. W. W., xii. St. Peter s. See under PETER S, ST. Strada di Monte Mario, 189. Strigonia, Archbishop of, 89. Stuart Princes, the last three, 41, 222 ;

monument of the, 420 ; tomb of the,

222.

Stucchi, 27, 29, 400, 406. Students, 21. Studio del Mosaico (Mosaic Factory of

the Vatican), 169, 349, 3 8 7 3 8 ^

390; permessi required to see it,

390.

Sub-deacon attached to the Pope, 149. Sub-dean, 59, 71.

Sub-dean of the Sacred College, 88. Substitute of the Secretariat, Prelate,

117. Suburban Sees, the six, 86, 88.


502


IXDKX.


Successor ni i!;c I up.Kv muv oe re commended b\ th?- pope. l>ut tin-, i-, not l)iii. him. ;o.

" Sun, in. i I heold^i.e." ^;;.

Superintendent-General of th.- Kecle- >].! IK al St.it -. i u.

Supreme 1 lead , ,! tin- Church. 74.

S. Susanna. >.,.

S. Susanna and the Klders. n i .

Svampa. Cardinal, (>>>.

Sweden, Christina ol. Set CnKisn\\.

Swiss Guard. <,, K>, i i 15, In , _, - 3. -1 . - .- . l ]. 44, ;<>. ;S, ;,,. <x>,

- i ; -;. ;".) t"). .,2(> .

barracks ..t tin.-, i ,6 , dross ot th.- >2 . I lif militar\ l. irce , t t he l\>pe>. 1 55 , "" "II" ITS, i ; ; ; th,- three pla, us v. lit i c it mounts -uai d, i ; ;.

S. ." Within. J^.

S\ dney, An lil>isli,)|. of, Sylvester K^hop, jj;.

S\ Illlllat luis. Pope ,, | !

\ I. S\ mond>. ol


I Acrri s, i ,

1 ilanio, MoiiM^iii.r S.il\ ,i|. irr, 141;.

1 aliani . Can lm.>

I ana^i a. >culptoi^ ot. ; <;.

1 .ma^ia and M\ i ma, tri r.i - c.ilta

t.i tll,M \ i it ;

lapi-strie.s, (>, .,,,). .,,,;, > 0/ - ) pri\ ate, o .jo.j , in ihr Sal. i dci I oiltltlCI, j^ j .( ^; , ,,( Mr. \VlnlaK.-r, ,,| Palermo, jo.j.

I ariniinn (Cm ncto), | ; j .| ; ^ . . It-no ilaie at i,,mli> < >t, j; - ihan a hundred thousand 1 lt-o|) di .\\ n in the ran h j ,/,.

I asso, auto^l a|>h of, jj.S ; \ISS. I ( . ! II alrinme I .iher.i t

I ompo-,ta

1 einph ( ,| |-,,i inn,-. > \ I eiii]>le of \ . iiu and I! h|,..

I finpluMi I n >1 o ._>(;, j | -.

I in]>oral pou IT, io, i ;. .?.-;. ^,, i,| , J ; i, l*/. 4 l , its ahoht h in , i s i \ i. ; why it is not <-,>,, tr\ . i Ho.

I olllpol al ii ,\ elCl^ntN . 40] .

I oronco of t he unit h c cut ur\-. I erra-C ottas, Koom of th-.-. ^ ,. lornnoni, Moiisiyiior 1 oMimaso. i ;n. I or/, i Kacoolta . 550. I esorn of St. 1 ,-n-i . .S t 1 KI ASTKY. Theodore do I ,e/a. \.\~ . Theodore ol (ia/a. 278, -ill. Theodosius, 2.">. Theophylactus, tirst ^reat Pontifical

Librarian, 350.

Thermantia (wife of Honorius), 230, 41}, 4I.S ; treasure in her tomb, 41} 418.


1 iiirts -Line-lndiili-eaco. 5,-, ini:l.-t

NICHOI AS \ . rinrt\--()Mo-l.ine Indulgence. S, t>

uii li > N u HI II.AS V. I lurtv S ears War, j.jo. 1,21. riirone. S \. <,-, 100. to; , Papal. _>, i

72, 102, 1^4.

rhrone in the Chapel of S. Maria della

liocciat, i, 224. Tiara. The Papal, 75, jSo. 31;, 412;

how the three crowns wore added.

M-. 4 |S : origin of the Papal. 4iS. 1 iara ot the Popes. _>(), 7,^, 412. I lara ,.t Paul III.. ^13. I lara of St. Peter s statue. 417. 1 i.ira u, it :i h\- Pms \" 1 I . m his cap-

1 1 \ 1 1 \-. i 1 ><;.

I Mi a vned. u 5. 4 IS.

I ibor. i j i .

I iberius, 245, 240; becomes a tvrant on i efus il ,,t Senate to enrol Christ

animix th- ods .)-. mirac-ulou>

i 1 1 1 e o 1 , 24 >.

I ibur of II, irace

1 ile^. , >ld I v ir-^ia i i ; ) p

1 illv. ?2i.

I ip-. MI .

>, 04, ,,;. I 1 1 nlar i liurch —IL;II ot. i, 14.

I lath-, of, 721 i, ;<,;. 406. I ivoli, Villa d I- ,te at. 307. $ f >* :

\\ a trrlall at. >2. I olcdo. \n hbishop of, c/i. I olcllt 111 I re. 1 1 v of, 2 1 -,. S. I , im.i-,1 1 in Parioiic i . lomb of Maria ( leineiitina Sobieski,

>- !.

I Mini, paintin--. \ 57, ot vqq.

I , unli o| P, ,|ies. temporary. .S , ,- Pori-:s,

I l-.MI i ll< \K V I o\lH

I , nub ol St . Stephen and St. l.avv-

1 elU ". ill. I mib , it the u u e, ,,| t he Km pen ,r

I 1 1 MI, ,1 in i , / i ; ^ j i S. I < mil is. ( la^-,11 al, lo. $. I imibs n| I , ipps destroyed 1)\- Julius

II., 241. l-ii Maraud. i. paintings from Villa at.

33*- I on ,- I .oi-ia. i j, j j. 30, I 30, 427,

I \7 4 >"

I irre, I out, ma della, 374. 1 oiNo ot II. -rctiles, 34, 203; Vestibule

ol the. St t N KsriBUI.E.

I oscanella, Mtruscan terra-cotta sar- copha^i, 455 ; gardens are full of Ktruscan tombs, 455.

tournament ground, 202.

Tournaments, 202.

Tournaments, courts ot, 32.

Trajan, Baths of, 32.

Treasurer, 95.

Treasurer-General, 149.

Treasury of St. Peter s, 9, 407, 416, 419.


INDEX.


503


Treasury, Sistine, 9, 29, 230, 407, 408, 413, 416, vii. ; seventy rooms >f plate in the, 413.

J rebizond, Gregory of, 278, 311.

Trent, Council of, 97, 163, 164, 341, 344 ; catechism of the, 164.

Treves, Archbishopric of, 333.

Tribunals della Rota, 148.

SS. Trimta al Monte Pincio, 90.

Tnpepi, Cardinal, 93, 167, 168.

Tnregno. See TIARA, TRIPLP;.

Triveth, English Dominican, 328.

Trivium, 446.

Troy, Bishop of, 151.

Tuker and Malleson, xi.

Turin, Archbishop of, 91.

Turks, 208, 292, 301, 408.

"Tunis unde mare prospicitur," 371.

Tuscan}-, 451 ; London imports ready- made tombs from, 454.

Tusculum, 370.

Tyrrhene style of Etruscan jewellery, 460.

Tyrrhene treasures in the Gregorian Museum, 460.

UDINE, GIOVANNI DA, 6, 18, 20, 22,

395, 406, 434 ; arabesques of, 406 ;

Loggia of, 21, 334, 395, 406, 407,

vii. ; Pompeiian paintings of, 395 ;

stuccos of, 395. Uditore, 95, 148. Uditore Generale della Reverenda

Camera Apostolica, 146. Uditori of the Rota, 149, 384 ; are

go-betweens, 149. Ugolini, Monsignor, Scrittore of the

Vatican Library, 323, 354, 355, 430. LTphilas, Gothic version by, 366. Umbria, artists of, 451. Ungherini, Monsignor Vincenzo Maria,

149.

Union of Churches (Eastern and I -Western), 162. Universal Church, 9^. Universita. Gregoriana, 211. University, Roman, 88, 274. Urban V., 57 ; or Benedict XII. adds

third crown to the Papal Tiara,

280, 418. Urban VI. (Prignano Pope), 51, 424 ;

cruelty of, 275 ; epigraph of, 275 ;

sarcophagus of, 274 ; lions from riis

tomb adorn the Throne of St. Peter,

274, 297, 424; sarcophagus emptied

by the workmen building the Dome,

274.

Urban VII., 210. Urban VIII. (Matieo Barberini), 17,

106, 165, 168, an, 212, 248, 322,

324, 360, 371, 405 ; ramparts of,

372. " Urbi et orbi." See BLESSING OF

THE Poi ES.


L rbino Bible, 333.

" Urbino, History of the Dukes of,"

with miniatures by Giulio Clovio,

330.

Urbino Library. See LIBRARY. Utrecht, 52.

VAGA, PIERINO DEL, 22, 27, 399, 401,

434-

Valence, 214, 215.

Valencia, Bishop of, 85.

Valerii, tombs of the, on the Latin Way, 406.

Valerius Flaccus, 308.

Valla calls on Eugenius IV. to abdi cate, 310.

Valla, Lorenzo, 278, 308, 310, 311 ; establishes the spuriousness of the Donation of Constantine, 310; his strictures on the Papacy, 310.

Vallombrosa, Abbey of, 134.

Vandals, 280.

Vannazzi, Monsignor Bonifazio, 122.

Vannutelli, Cardinal Serarino, 79, So, 88, 171.

Vannutelli, Cardinal Vincenzo, 88, 161, 163, 164.

Varese, Antonio da, 27.

Varia Politicorum, 360.

Vasari, 27, 209, 391, 399, 144.

Vase paintings, their value in study of Ancient Greek life, 464.

Vase, Vestibule of the. Sec VESTI BULE.

Vases, collection of, 32 ; Greek, 35, 464.

Vaszary, Cardinal, 89.

Vatican, administrator of the, viii. ; the angel of the, 128 ; Archives, Pre fect of the, 371 ; armoury founded by Urban VIII., 212 ; astronomers, work allotted to, 371 ; banquets, 405 ; basilica in the sixth century, 196; basilica in the tenth century; what it was like, 219 ; bird s-eye view of, from Dome of St. Peter s, 421 ; builders of the: Popes Symma- ehus, Innocent III. and Nicholas III., 196; brickfields, 371 ; Codex, 8 ; collections of the, 213 ; compared to a bee-hive, 373 ; the conception ilue to Nicholas III. and Nicholas V., 197 ; Crypt, 214, 222, 261, 262, 279 ; cure of the, 147 ; diplomatic ban quets, 1 14 ; easternmost portion, 20; entrance to the, 18; entrance (ordinary) to the, 398 ; funds of the, 127 ; genius of the, 34 ; Golden Age of the, 375 ; had its inspiration of the Renaissance from Florence, 299 ; Hall of Conclave, 198 ; Hier archy, xiii. ; to have Imperial Coronations, 198 ; to have Triumphal Gate, 198 ; is used to imply the


INDEX.


Pope in his i tin. i U relations \i. . the I tali. in Nuremberg. 238 ; the

1 Light nt tlir \V..rl(]." (. . ;. i ; i ; ; I >ggie t the. 30; ; and the Lou\ie. dimensions <>t, 13 , manuscript-. ; ?34 i manuscripts, rcpnnt> "t. 323 : measurements ot the. 13 . Menologium ol the. 332 . MOS.IIC Lai. trv (MI Sirnio OKI. MOSAIC 01. nil -.IH-: lio\v theyaie in.nle. 3>s ni iiiu-iH lature. 11 ; not

like a I .il.ice, 1 2 : lie >t one if the

lull.-. >t Rome, i -; , >lin ials. J4 . old t.lstle ot the Popes. 238 ; oldest part i t the. 14, I - . i >ngm ot name. 571 1 . >i- ,i Pal. u e vi, 1 apal ( astle ot the. i ; . 2. . jo i . 41;. vii. , I ap.d resident c taken up there alter the return tioin Avignon, 108 patronage ot scholarship, r

.in -1 ot tile \ 111. pn : i>V ! 1 ant e I i\- mistake to t he

plan ol the. ; 2 2 1 re->s, < . 53, 1 50 ,.l<; . 1 i line .Minister . .| the. \, fl prim ip.il ; estdi n> o| the ! \>pe- -Hire thirteenth . .-m ni . 11,7 . 4 i; cpiai tel , no building in 1:1! 1 line ol the Lmpen >r-. |X(>, real louii ot the I ; i s.ici 1-1 \- nt the i .,7 ; sculp ture . 2 I SCI : I pl.e. nl the > -l.itlle- and pittlll -s t.iken

Na|" il--< .n t . 1 .ii i- .M - i ; . t. .

I Mr. atrllrl ol . ;* > . 1 1 CM ill e - l.tuill d li\ the I the

] II X 1 1 - i 1 . - I V. 1 1 1 e

" \ atu .ni . Ait "t the \.

\ a tl< .11 - ;c . "lot -i\ iMl

( i instant me tin ( ,1 i .1 1 . ; i Sla\ OIIH . pi rsrlltri 1 \>\ >. t \ ill anil S. MrthoiliU-.

\ a in an < ini . l< ;i

 ; ; . vn. .

audieiK e> in the. ;, , . i ii ds :n t he ^; j . IIOM h< 1 to in the ;; i , i harai trri^tic.-. < I the. \~~ . loiintani in the. J I I . Uelll c ,\ the. 3; I -eln

tion of the. 3< 7 . nai den-housi

, ui V n a s tin- I < iscarrci .

Ill Ma\ and | line. 57^ IK <{ \\ llil- 1 th, in the I .oi- de I .oiiln^ni restriction.-. <>i the 3^) s\ Ivan

\\ ol\ es killed 111 the. 1 \ a I n an Hill. S. I 5 2 I .

drainage ot the. 224 tombs ot tin-.

v - \ .UK. .n Library, 0, 8, 10, i;. i". ji .

J4. 31, 3J. 3". i > v . -i- 1 . -<>i. 3 ^

J22. 324. 530, vt" -V>- ,^"- 5^, j;8, 3SH. 430. vii. , C alixlus 111. and tin-. 31.^ : close season ot the, 339 ; Christian paintings in the, ^87 ; English books in the, 352 ; founded by Nicholas V., 317, 31 ): lountled out ot pictures returned to


the I ope by the Fronch uhuh did not belong to him 319. 3X8 ; (irp.it II. ill o| the. jio 3 )o : ground plan "1 the. 3_; . Ion- gallery of the, 13, 323, 32-,. 335. 37 ( > ; most famous in the world, 317 ; MSS. of, 332, 348 ; MSS. of j^old letters described bv Montaigne, 343 : MSS. kept in presses. 325 ; MSS. published by Cardinal Mai, 303 ; not founded bv Sixtiis IV. . }io; Paul II. did 110- thing to the. 3iS; 1 uis II. did iiotliint; to the, ^iS ; proper, 324 ; readers. 529 reading room. 552 . ^ixtus IV. located it under the Mstine Chapel. 318. 310; Sixtu, l\". s. iii.NV the I loreria. 3K) : started in time to receive nrst printed books, <tS unsat istai ti >i \- way in which .pie are -houn over it . 325 ; \ it-w ill garden initn the windows ot, visitors to. ?V) wha t It I oil-

sists .it -,. ] . \\ hen 1 1 pen (\<i. X atican I alace the beginnings alnio,l !. ist in an ; iipr.t , Uj . the largest in ! lie u i ii 1. 1 . IN. 301^. 422 ; origin i it,

202 . si/.e oil he. .;

Vatican*.*, Not ti 57 ; . Vaticinimn ^~o.

.an Archiv e-

Ven< /!.- 1 dazzi > ill Sri I M \//.o. \\-nice. I- 1 an ai . 573 ; 1 atnarch ot

.

- \"eri .iiu . . c aii .11 uptioii ot \ era lei ni 247 < it the I lagiologv. 247 . handkerchief in-i mentioned bv lleinaid ot Soiaite ra ele\enth cen- 1 m v. 251 . ] i -i of. 2

S). Veronica s handkerchief (></ \ oi,io

SAN I- 0. 24 . ; :;o jos, j< y ( ,

I Jin \ II. 1 Hi lds a shriii—

tor ;t in M. I etei s. 2^7 . story ol.

\"cspai

Ve-pa-iam, .iri.hitett ot the \ .ltican,

U -

\espasiaiio da Uisticci (Nicholas V. :, hooksellei ). 307; Nicholas V. s bio grapher. 307.

Vestibule ot tlie Meleager, 31.

N estlbille ot the lol so, 34.

N estibule ot the Vase, 34.

N estments Cardinals , 29 ; 1 ope -., 2 j .

Veto on Papal election. >;, 07, (>S.

X eto of Kampolla, ,S I .

N etralla. 452.

Via di Aracn-li, 25.^.

\ la Amelia Nova, iSu.

\ ia Cornelia, 1X9. 193, 23*, 252.

\ ia delle Foiulamcnta, 29.

Via I riumphalis. 189.

Via lone di Helvedere, 29, 30. 51.

N icar-C.eneral of the Pope. 37, 91.


INDEX.


505


Vicar of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, 79. Vice-Camerlengo, 95, 149. Vice-Chancellor of the Holy Roman

Church, 88, 153, 171. Victoria, Queen, gave Leo XIII. altar

service for his jubilee, 412. Vicus-Curialis, 198. " Vie Intime de Pie X.," xiii. Vienna, Archbishop of, 89. Vigilius, 77. Villa Aldobrandini at Frascati, garden

of, 368, 370.

Villa Belvedere, 200, 210, 215. Villa Borghese, 385, 396. Villa Dona, 373. Villa d Este at Tivoli, 367, 368. Villa Innocent VIII. See INNOCENT

VIII.

Villa Lante, beyond Viterbo, fountain

garden in, 367.

Villa of Leo XIII. See LEO XIII. Villa Ludovisi, 211. Villa Madama, 395. Villa Medici, 376. Villa Mills, 449. Villa Papa Giulio, 276. , Villa Pia, a perfect image of an ancient

Roman country house, 375. Villa Pius IV. See Pius IV. Villani, Giovanni, 282. S. Vincenzo and S. Anastasio, 42 ;

alle tre Fontane, Abate Commen-

datario of, 88. Vinci, Leonardi da, 316, 392 ; " Last

Supper " at Milan of, 393. Violet costume, 152. Violet stock, 152. Violets, 5, 378.

Virgil of the fourth century, repro duction of the, 353. Virgil of the Vatican, 328, 331, 342. Virgil, Palatino, MS. of, 330. Virgil, Romano, MS. of, 330. Virgin, collection of sermons for the

feast of the, 332 ; mosaic of the

Weeping, 272. Vindarium Novum, 197. Virili, Monsignor Raffaelle, 151. " Visitation, The " (fresco), 442. SS. Vitale, Gervasio e Protasio, 91. Viterbo, 49, 57, 234, 278, 366, 452 ;

election at, 52 ; fortress of, 278 ;

station for Castel d Asso, Norchia,

Bieda, 452. SS. Vito, Modesto e Crescenzia, Com-

mendatario dei, 89. Vitruvius, 308.

Vives y Tuto, Cardinal, 93, 171. Vogue, xiii.

Volaterra (see VOLTERRA), 452. Volpe, Cardinal della, 92, 165, 166. Volterra, Daniele da (a pupil of Michel

Angelo s), 27, 400, 408.


Volterra, Etruscan Museum at, 453 ; interesting for its alabaster sar cophagi, 453.

Volterra, Etruscan tombs at, 453, 455 ; alabaster, Etruscan, tombs at, 455.

Volto Santo, 245, 247, 251, 257.

Volusian, 246 ; sends portrait of Jesus to Tiberius, 246.

Volusianus (same as above), 245.

Vote of Accession, 69, 70, 71, 79, 80.

Vulci, 35, 45 2 - 464-

WALLS of Rome repaired by Urban

VIII., 212.

Ward, Mr. Wilfred, viii. Wardens of the Conclave, 59, 153. Warwick of the Papacy, 51. Waters, Mr. W. G., 403. Watson, Mr. R. W. Seton, 243, 249,

259, 274, 276, 278, 282, 283, 285,

287, 288, x. Weld, Cardinal, 66. Westminster, Archbishop of, 175, viii. West Saxons, King of the, 231. " Whitaker s Almanack," The Italian,

145, xiii. Whitaker, Mr. Joseph, of Palermo,

404.

Whites, The, 138. Wilhelm I. of Prussia, 327. William, Emperor, 353. Wilpert, Monsignor Giuseppe, 148. Wilson, Miss Heath, her library, xiv. Winged " Victory " of the Greeks

made the standard of our angels

through its beauty, 453. Wiseman, Cardinal, 65, 67, 73 ; " Re collections of the Last Five Popes

and of Rome in their Time," xii. " Wonder of the World, The," 250. W. Paulus III. Pont. Max. e W. Far-

nesia Proles, 446. Writers of Greece, 7. Writers Room (Vatican Library), 33. Wurzberg, 321.


XAVIER, ST. FRANCIS, 211.


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