Ceiling
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Ceiling

In 1508 Julius II (pontiff from 1503 to 1513) commissioned Pietro Vannucci, called the Perugino, to paint the ceiling. Its iconographic plan refers to the function that the room had at the time of Julius II when it hosted the meetings of the highest court of the Holy See, the Segnatura Gratiae et Iustitiae, which was presided over by the pontiff. In fact Perugino depicted in the four medallions the Most Holy Trinity , the Creator enthroned among angels and cherubs, Christ as Sol Iustitiae and Christ tempted by the devil, and Christ between Mercy and Justice.