Rodrigo addresses the Cardinals. Upon receiving a letter of condolence from della Rovere, Rodrigo invites him back to Rome and dismisses Giulia. After Cesare informs him that Juan killed their halfbrother Pedro Luis, Rodrigo sends him back to Valencia. Rodrigo denies Lucrezia's request to marry Pedro Caldes. He orders her to become a nun and care for Juan's orphaned children. Written by
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The famous sculpture "Laocoön and His Sons" is featured prominently in several scenes, not merely as a backdrop but indeed as an object with which the Pope interacts. The ancient statue was unearthed only in 1506, more than a decade after the events depicted. See more
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The Laocoon, a relic from the magnificent days of ancient Rome. A cautionary tale, the high priest Laocoon tried to warn the Trojans about the large wooden horse. Fear the Greeks, even bearing gifts. The goddess Athena, as revenge, sent a serpent, which rose from the sea to destroy Laocoon and his sons. The Trojans believed that Laocoon's death proved him wrong. God may destroy a man, but the man may still ...