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During the reign of Pope Sixtus IV, a team of Renaissance painters that included Sandro Botticelli created a series of frescos depicting the Life of Moses and the Life of Christ. These paintings were completed in 1482, and the following August 15, Sixtus celebrated the first Mass in the chapel for the Feast of the Assumption, at which time the chapel was dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Organizers of the exhibit hope that visitors who have never been to the Sistine Chapel will be intrigued and inspired to visit at some time in the future.

© Diocese of Orange/Challenge Roddie