Vatican uncovers first known depiction of Native Americans

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The first European renditions of Native Americans, made shortly after Christopher Columbus returned from a first trip to the Americas, may have been discovered under layers of dust on a neglected fresco at the Vatican.

Preservationists working on a Renaissance fresco in the Vatican have uncovered what experts believe is the first European representation of Native Americans, from 1494.

Writing in the Vatican’s semi-official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, the director of the Vatican Museum, Antonio Paolucci, said the previously unnoticed detail was discovered in a Resurrection scene painted by the Renaissance master Pinturicchio.

Covered by centuries of soot, the restoration of the painting revealed a small depiction of naked men with feathered headdresses who appear to be dancing. A man on horseback is also visible.

http://www.religionnews.com/2013/05/02/vatican-uncovers-first-known-depiction-of-native-americans/

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10 thoughts on “Vatican uncovers first known depiction of Native Americans

  1. Awesome picture but his depiction of the Natives is freaky—they are ghost like. Could he have had a premonition of what was to come for them?

      • :lol: Thanks to you Jimbo, I’m not going to be able to keep a straight face now when I try and put makeup on in future. I can just picture the lipstick going everywhere.

  2. In reality Mon, I think they used stuff like red berries.

    They had to use their imagination in those days.

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