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of the Papal Coats of Arms
(coat of arms of Pope Leo XI in S. Maria in Trastevere)

This directory lists all the coats of arms of the Popes from 1417 (Pope Martin V) to 2011 (Pope Benedict XVI) and some coats of arms of the previous centuries. A similar list is available in alphabetical order.

COMING OUT OF THE MIDDLE AGES (1009 - 1471)
RENAISSANCE (1471 - 1555)
COUNTER-REFORMATION (1555 - 1605)
BAROQUE PERIOD (1605 - 1676)
DECADENCE OF THE PAPAL STATE (1676 - 1870)
AFTER THE END OF THE PAPAL STATE (1870 - TODAY)

The links at the words coat of arms or heraldic symbols open in another window and show a photo of a papal coat of arms on a monument. The links to a town/church/palace lead to a page where these are shown (if in Rome together with an XVIIIth century etching by Giuseppe Vasi). The location of the coats of arms of the catalogue can be seen by clicking 1852 Map of Rome. The link of the icon in the last column opens in another window and it shows a small .jpg file with the formal coat of arms of the pope. A link at the pope's name (first column) leads to a special page devoted to his coats of arms.

COMING OUT OF THE MIDDLE AGES (1099 - 1471)
List of medieval monuments in Rome.

Pope Location of the coat of arms Notes -
Sergius IV
Pietro Bocca di Porco
1009-1012
Coat of arms in S. Giovanni in Laterano
(1852 Map of Rome)
XVIIth century coat of arms designed by Francesco Borromini N. A.
Innocent II
Gregorio Papareschi
1130-1143
Coat of arms in S. Maria in Trastevere
(1852 Map of Rome)
XXth century coat of arms
Alexander III
Rolando Bandinelli
1159-1181
Coat of arms in S. Giovanni in Laterano
(1852 Map of Rome)
XVIIth century coat of arms designed by Francesco Borromini N. A.
Innocent III
Lotario dei Conti di Segni
1198-1216
Coat of arms in S. Giovanni in Laterano
(1852 Map of Rome)
XIXth century coat of arms
Adrian V
Ottobono de' Fieschi
1276
Coat of arms in S. Francesco in Viterbo Monument built in the XIVth century
Honorius IV
Jacopo Savelli
1285-1287
Coat of arms in S. Maria in Aracoeli
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Nicholas IV
Gerolamo Masci
1288-1292
Coat of arms in S. Maria del Popolo
(1852 Map of Rome)
XVIIth century coat of arms
Celestine V
Pietro da Morrone
1294
Coat of arms in the Bishop's palace of Perugia With those of other popes in a relatively modern painting
Boniface VIII
Benedetto Caetani
1294 -1303
Coat of arms in the Cathedral of Anagni -
Benedict XI
Niccolò Boccasini
1303 -1304
Coat of arms in Gesta Pontificum
Romanorum
by Giovanni Palazzo
Venice 1688
-
Clement V
Bertrand de Goth
1305-1314
Coat of arms in the Bishop's palace of Perugia With those of other popes in a relatively modern painting
John XXII
Jacques Arnaud d'Euse
1316 -1334
Coat of arms in Gesta Pontificum
Romanorum
by Giovanni Palazzo
Venice 1688
-
Benedict XII
Jacques Fournier
1334 -1342
Coat of arms in Gesta Pontificum
Romanorum
by Giovanni Palazzo
Venice 1688
-
Clement VI
Pierre Roger de Beaufort
1342-1352
Coat of arms in the Palace of the Popes in Avignon -
Innocent VI
Stephan d'Aubert
1352 -1362
Coat of arms in St. Gines' in Madrid Modern
Urban V
Guillaume de Grimoard
1362-1370
Coat of arms in Porta S. Francesco in Assisi -
Gregory XI
Pierre Roger de Beaufort
1370-1378
Coat of arms in S. Giovanni in Laterano
(1852 Map of Rome)
XIXth century coat of arms
Urban VI
Bartolomeo Prignano
1378-1389
Coat of arms on his tomb in the Grotte Vaticane in S. Pietro
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Boniface IX
Pietro Tomacelli
1389-1404
Coat of arms on his statue in S. Paolo fuori le Mura -
Innocent VII
Cosimo de' Migliorati
1404 -1406
Coat of arms in Gesta Pontificum Romanorum by Giovanni Palazzo
Venice 1688
-
Gregory XII
Angelo Correr
1406-1415
Coat of arms in the Cathedral of Siena -
Alexander V
Pietro Filargis
1409-1410
Coat of arms in the monastery of S. Francesco a Ripa
(1852 Map of Rome)
The pope was elected by a group of cardinals in Pisa; the coat of arms is part of a XVIIth century painting
John XXIII
Baldassare Cossa
1410-1415
Coat of arms in Palazzo Comunale of Bologna The pope was elected by a group of cardinals in Pisa; the coat of arms is part of a XVIIth century painting
Martin V
Oddone Colonna
1417-1431
Small coats of arms in towns around Rome (Barbarano, Todi and Genazzano) -
Eugenius IV
Gabriele Condulmero
1431-1447
Coat of arms in Palazzo Vecchio of San Gemini -
Nicholas V
Tommaso Parentucelli
1447-1455
Coat of arms in S. Stefano Rotondo
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Calixtus III
Alfonso Borgia
1455-1458
Coat of arms in Ponte Milvio With that of his nephew Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia who will become Pope Alexander VI in 1492
Pius II
Enea Silvio Piccolomini
1458-1464
Coats of arms on the Walls of Rome -
Paul II
Pietro Barbo
1464-1471
Coat of arms in Palazzetto Venezia
(1852 Map of Rome)
-

RENAISSANCE (1471 - 1555)
List of Renaissance monuments in Rome.

Sixtus IV
Francesco Della Rovere
1471-1484
Coat of arms in the Cappella Sistina
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Innocent VIII
Giovan Battista Cibo
1484-1492
Coat of arms in S. Balbina
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Alexander VI
Rodrigo Borgia
1492-1503
Coat of arms and heraldic symbols in Castel Sant'Angelo
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Pius III
Fracesco Todeschini Piccolomini
1503
Coat of arms in Palazzo Piccolomini in Siena -
Julius II
Giuliano Della Rovere
1503-1513
Heraldic symbols in S. Maria della Querce in Viterbo -
Leo X
Giovanni de' Medici
1513-1521
Coat of arms in Palazzo Apostolico del Vaticano
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Adrian VI
Adrian Florisze
1522-1523
Coat of arms in S. Maria dell'Anima
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Clement VII
Giulio de' Medici
1523-1534
Coat of arms in Ponte degli Angeli
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Paul III
Alessandro Farnese
1534-1549
Coat of arms in Bastione del Sangallo
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Julius III
Giovan Maria Ciocchi del Monte
1550-1555
Coat of arms in Palazzo Spada
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Marcellus II
Marcello Cervini
1555
Coat of arms in Palazzo Cervini in Montepulciano -

COUNTER-REFORMATION (1555 - 1605)
List of Mannerist monuments in Rome.

Paul IV
Gian Pietro Carafa
1555-1559
Coat of arms in Fonte Marcella in Assisi -
Pius IV
Giovanni Angelo Medici
1559-1565
Coat of arms in Porta del Popolo
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Pius V
Antonio Ghislieri
1566-1572
Coat of arms in S. Giovanni in Laterano
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Gregory XIII
Ugo Boncompagni
1572-1585
Heraldic symbol in S. Pietro
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Sixtus V
Felice Peretti
1585-1590
Coat of arms and heraldic symbols in Mostra dell'Acqua Felice
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Urban VII
G. Battista Castagna
1590
Coat of arms in Palazzo Comunale di Bologna Coat of arms as a cardinal and part of a XVIIth century painting
Gregory XIV
Niccolò Sfondrati
1590-1591
Coat of arms in Rocca di Spoleto -
Innocent IX
G. Antonio Facchinetti
1591
Coat of arms in Palazzo Comunale di Spoleto Coat of arms of his nephew
Clement VIII
Ippolito Aldobrandini
1592-1605
Coat of arms in S. Giovanni in Laterano
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Leo XI
Alessandro de' Medici
1605
Coat of arms in S. Maria in Trastevere
(1852 Map of Rome)
-

BAROQUE (1605 - 1676)
List of Baroque monuments in Rome.

Paul V
Camillo Borghese
1605-1621
Coat of arms in S. Pietro
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Gregory XV
Alessandro Ludovisi
1621-1623
Coat of arms in S. Ignazio
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Urban VIII
Maffeo Barberini
1623-1644
Heraldic symbol in Fontana delle Api
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Innocent X
Giovan Battista Pamphili
1644-1655
Coat of arms in Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Alexander VII
Fabio Chigi
1655-1667
Coat of arms in Piazza di S. Pietro
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Clement IX
Giulio Rospigliosi
1667-1669
Coat of arms in Chiesa del Gesù
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Clement X
Giovan Battista Altieri
1670-1676
Coat of arms in S. Maria Maggiore
(1852 Map of Rome)
-

DECADENCE OF THE PAPAL STATE (1676 - 1870)
List of Late Baroque monuments in Rome.

Innocent XI
Benedetto Odescalchi
1676-1689
Coat of arms in Chiesa del Gesù
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Alexander VIII
Pietro Ottoboni
1689-1691
Coat of arms at Acqua Paola
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Innocent XII
Antonio Pignatelli
1691-1700
Coat of arms at Acqua Paola
(1852 Map of Rome)
Between the heraldic symbols of Pope Paul V
Clement XI
Giovan Francesco Albani
1700-1721
Coat of arms in the fountain in front of S. Maria in Cosmedin
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Innocent XIII
Michelangelo Conti
1721-1724
Heraldic symbols in Piazza S. Pietro
(1852 Map of Rome)
With the heraldic symbols of Pope Sixtus V
Benedict XIII
Vincenzo Maria Orsini
1724-1730
Coat of arms in Corridoi del Palazzo Vaticano
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Clement XII
Lorenzo Corsini
1730-1740
Coat of arms in Fontana di Trevi
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Benedict XIV
Prospero Lambertini
1740-1758
Coat of arms in Corridoi del Palazzo Vaticano
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Clement XIII
Carlo Rezzonico
1758-1769
Coat of arms in Palazzo della Panetteria
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Clement XIV
Giovan Vincenzo Ganganelli
1769-1774
Coat of arms in Museo Pio-Clementino
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Pius VI
Giovan Angelo Braschi
1775-1799
Coat of arms in S. Pietro
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Pius VII
Barnaba Gregorio Chiaramonti
1800-1823
Coat of arms in Corridoi del Palazzo Vaticano
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Leo XII
Annibale Sermattei della Genga
1823-1829
Coat of arms at Seminario Romano
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Pius VIII
Francesco Saverio Castiglioni
1829-1830
Coat of arms at Acqua Lancisiana
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Gregory XVI
Bartolomeo Cappellari
1831-1846
Coat of arms in S. Paolo fuori le Mura -
Pius IX
Giovan Maria Mastai-Ferretti
1846-1878
Coat of arms in Porta S. Pancrazio
(1852 Map of Rome)
-

AFTER THE END OF THE PAPAL STATE (1870 - TODAY)

Leo XIII
Gioacchino Pecci
1878-1903
Coat of arms on the dome of S. Pietro
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Pius X
Giuseppe Sarto
1903-1914
Coat of arms in Nuova S. Maria Liberatrice
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Benedict XV
Giacomo Della Chiesa
1914-1922
Coat of arms in S. Tommaso di Villanova in Castelgandolfo -
Pius XI
Achille Ratti
1922-1939
Coat of arms at the entrance of Musei Vaticani in the walls of Rome
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Pius XII
Eugenio Pacelli
1939-1958
Coat of arms at the beginning of Via della Conciliazione
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
John XXIII
Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli
1958-1963
Heraldic symbols in the tower behind Porta Pertusa
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Paul VI
Giovanni Battista Montini
1963-1978
Coat of arms in Palazzo Apostolico
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
John Paul I
Albino Luciani
1978
Coat of arms in Cortile della Pigna
(1852 Map of Rome)
Next to a larger coat of arms of Pope John Paul II
John Paul II
Karol Wojtyla
1978-2005
Coat of arms in S. Pietro
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Benedict XVI
Joseph Ratzinger
2005-2013*
* resignation
Coat of arms in the Vatican Gardens
(1852 Map of Rome)
-
Francis I
Jorge Mario Bergoglio
2013-
- -

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