National Geographic : 1950 Jun
U) Natisniai Geographie Society 764 TITIAN -Pope Paul III Farrese Whe 1 n I 6th-century dignitaries sat for their portraits by Titian. they invariably receive ed more than mecre likenesses. B y thie magic of hiis hrusli, the Venetian master produced images thiat seemed to hreatlie. View ers of these chlaraicter studies aiiimost estlelt the subject ts to speak. If mere canvas had voice, Pope Paul Ill might tell Of high intrigue and princely life in Ronie. Ma~de at cardlinal ats the result of at family coninec tion xxitli Pope Alexandler VI, Ie( shiowedi suchi astuteness and (diplomnacy that lie h~ecaiiie moare itilluential under suc essive ptontiffs. In 1554 hie wats elevated to the Papacy. succeeding (lenient VII. One- o1 Paul's greatest works, wats his sponsorship and patronage of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), largest single religious order of the Roman Catholic Chiurch. A11 art enthusiast, IPope P~aul commissioned ichlelangelo to paint the "Last Judgment" on a xxtii I of tbe S'istine ( 5 hatui. I le likesN ise emn(ouragedl thle artist to comiplete the dIonie of St. Peter's. P ope Paul foumded tie I arnese P~alac e, one 01 the finest examples of Roman Renaissance airchiitecture. and wxas responisible for tin rehuildiuig of many Roman streets.