Skip to comments.Vatican Fresco Cleaning Reveals Images of Native Americans
Posted on 04/30/2013 10:42:44 AM PDT by marshmallow
It hasnt drawn much attention yet, but the Vatican has quietly announced the discovery of what it believes is the first artistic representation of native Americans.
A detail of a fresco by the Renaissance artist Pinturicchio, discovered during restoration work in the Vatican Museums, depicts men dressed only in feathered headdresses who appear to be dancing, and another on horseback.
The painting was completed in 1494, shortly after Christopher Columbus returned from the New World with a detailed description of natives who painted themselves, danced and gave gifts of parrots.
For hundreds of years, the frescoed figures were hiding in plain sight sort of. They are part of the background in a lunette fresco titled The Resurrection, noted for its depiction of Pope Alexander VI, the infamous Rodrigo Borgia, who was elected in 1492.
The detail was obscured by centuries of soot and grime, and came to life only recently when the fresco underwent a careful cleaning by Museum experts.
Vatican Museum director Antonio Paolucci announced the discovery in an article published April 27 by the Vatican newspaper. He stopped short of saying definitively that the figures depicted American Indians, but the newspaper headline was less cautious, proclaiming: Here is the first image of the native Americans described by Columbus.
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People don’t always listen, especially when the information contradicts assumptions that they have.
Ding ding ding! We have the winner!!!
The Conquistadors who conquered them.
The painting was finished in 1494, only 2 years after Columbus discovered America and long before the Conquistadors.
Did Columbus have horses and let the Indians ride them?
Possibly, but doubtful.
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That was my first thought.
Ever heard of “artistic license?” “We don’t need no stinkin’ facts!” As the photo credits say these days: “This is an artist’s conception of what the scene might have looked like.” Nothing’s changed. Consider that it took months to years for “news” to travel around the world at that time.
Is that picture from Anthony Weiner’s phone?
I do not see feathers as a headdress...I do not believe these are Amerinds. They are souls being called up during the Resurrection. Just my opinion.
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