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Giuliano della Rovere or Julius II as he came to be known after he became the Pope between the years 1503 and 1513 was a fine patron of the arts. He commissioned Michelangelo for his first work for the Vatican which was to build a tomb for the Pope in 1503. But the building of the tomb was interrupted by a project for the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo had to paint twelve figures of the apostles and decorate the ceiling. In due course the artist came to have a choice to paint whatever he liked and over four years painted more than 300 of the finest works of art on the Sistine Chapel.
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