Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Day at the Capitoline Museum

There was a special exhibit at the Capitoline the day we went--documents from the Vatican Secret Archives.  So in addition to seeing the statue of Venus, and the remains of the statue of Constantine, and the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, and the bronze of the she-wolf nursing Romulus and Remus, and Dying Gaul, and Boy Removing A Thorn, I saw the following documents from the Vatican in the Lux in Arcana exhibit:
  • the order for Galileo's interrogation
  • Edict of Worms by Charles V, banning Luther
  • a letter written and signed by Michelangelo
  • letters to the pope from both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis
  • Alexander VI's Inter Cetera bull concerning the New World
  • request from Parliament to Clement VII to annul Henry VIII's marriage to Catherine of Aragon, 1530
  • Concordat of Worms, 1122
  • Napoleon's signature on a concordat recognizing Catholic freedom of worship
  • a note from Marie Antoinette
  • Leo X's bull excommunicating Luther
  • letter to the pope written and signed by Voltaire
  • letter from Erasmus
  • John XXII's bull recognizing Cambridge University, 1318
  • the 1582 Lunario Novo eliminating October 5-14 from the calendar to create the Gregorian calendar (printed copy)

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