Saint Peter's Treasury

Saint Peter's Treasury

After passing through the 18th century sacristy of the basilica – built with columns from the Villa Adriana in Tivoli – one enters St Peter’s Treasury, which contains church ornaments, statues, papal mitres and various objects, usually gifts of kings or princes. Notable pieces include the monument to Sixtus IV (1471-1484), a work by Antonio del Pollaiolo, a 15th century Florentine artist. The sarcophagus shows the Pope surrounded by the virtues and the liberal arts. Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere (later to become Pope Julius II) commissioned it in 1493.