Vatican uncovers first known depiction of Native Americans


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.

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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