Pope Martin V (r. 1417-31), whose election effectively brought to an end the Western Schism (1378-1417), is interred in the church of San Giovanni in Laterano.
The beautiful bronze tomb slab is the masterpiece of the Tuscan sculptor Simone Ghini (c.1406-91). The inscription describes Pope Martin V as: TEMPORVM SVORVM FILICITAS (the joy of his times).
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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