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Art History – August 16-20, 2015

This week we will be studying the fresco – “Christ Delivering the Keys of the Kingdom to St. Peter”, 1481-2. The fresco is in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Rome. The painting is by Perugino – Early Renaissance. It is 11′x18′. Pope Sixtus the IV commissioned Perugino. The fresco refers to Matthew 16. Christ is delivering the keys to St. Peter so to give St. Peter the authority to allow people into heaven. The disciples are to the left of Christ. Judas is the 5th disciple – note he is dark representing his fate. The people to the right are important people of society. Perugino painted himself looking out at the viewer. In the background on the left the figures represent “Tribute Money” by Masaccio. To the right the figures represent the “Stoning of Christ.” ¬†Perspective was first studied in the Early Renaissance – note the strong 1 point perspective, also the atmospheric perspective.

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