One of the great things about art in general, and Art Authority in particular, is its relevance to history, from ancient to modern-day. Yesterday’s election of Pope Francis is a perfect example of this combination.

The Art Authority app has an amazing 344 images from the Sistine Chapel, where the cardinals secluded themselves during the election. Of course these include full views of Michelangelo’s Last Judgment and Creation of Adam, but also many detailed views of these classics, along with a treasure trove of surrounding art.


Then there’s 151 works that include St. Francis, after whom the new pope chose his name. Dating back to the 13th century, these may be a bit less familiar.


And of course there are images of popes throughout history. And great images from St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Vatican in general. And Italy. And even images from the Fine Arts Museum in Buenos Aires Argentina, if you want to experience a bit of the culture from the new pope’s native land.


As the world welcomes a new pope, we’re happy to be able to provide the world with easy access to these images from history.