Pope Urban VIII
(furious): Cardinal Verdi, tell the others what Galileo has written.
Lambardi urges Cioli to manage the Pope's interpretation of La Giuditta, steering him away from any idea that the opera "was deliberately intended as a commentary on the current political quarrels between Pope Urban VIII
and Florence" (p.
Also on display is the famous gilded harp commissioned when Maffeo Barberini was elected Pope Urban VIII
Morandi was brought to trial because he was an astrologer who dared to predict the imminent death of Pope Urban VIII
, who was himself committed to astrology.
The Renaissance Basilica shows us 400-year-old embroidered vestments of Pope Urban VIII
and then to the Sistine Chapel with an explanation of how Michelangelo painted the ceiling, an excerpt showing the finger of God about to give life to Adam.
POPE URBAN VIII
(1568--1644) Born Maffeo Barberini, Pope Urban VIII
entered the priesthood through a politically powerful family.
Just before publication, a friend of Galileo's, Mafeo Barbarini, became Pope Urban VIII
and so The Assayer was hurriedly dedicated to him.
When Galileo published his masterpiece, ``Dialogue,'' arguing that Copernicus was correct when he blasphemously suggested that the Earth revolved around the sun and not vice versa, he was egregiously mistaken in assuming that his friendship with Pope Urban VIII
would protect him from the Catholic Church's velvet hammer.
We do that--razor medicine off at the neck--because people such as Rene Descartes and Pope Urban VIII
contended that the human soul resides in the mind, and human disease resides in the body.
In Greek and Roman times, metals were used almost only honorifically: as decoration in for instance the metal acroteria of some Hellenistic temples, and in the gilded bronze plates of the Pantheon's roof and portico (the latter only finally wrenched off in the early seventeenth century by the the Barberini pope Urban VIII
to make Bernini's baldacehino in St Peter's -- hence the comment Quod non fecerunt barbari, fecerunt Barberini).
Galileo's friend, and an admirer of his work, Maffeo Cardinal Barberini was at the time Pope Urban VIII
This family, for its part, supported the election of Maffeo Barberini in 1623 as Pope Urban VIII
In 1627 Meletij Smotryc'kyj wrote a letter from Ukraine, in the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania, addressed to Pope Urban VIII
in Rome in the flattering language of an accomplished ecclesiastical courtier.
In 1642 Pope Urban VIII
reduced the number to 36 (imagine how many there must have been before).
Marcello was a close friend and confidant of Maffeo Barberini, with whom he shared an appetite for literature and art, and so, when Maffeo became Pope Urban VIII
in 1623, the Sacchetti family flourished.