Christ Giving the Keys to St. Peter

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 6.17.04 PMChrist Giving the Keys to St. Peter

Perugino

1481 – 1482

Fresco

330 cm x 550 cm

Sistine Chapel, Rome

 

The subject matter of this paitning was taken from Mathew 16:13-19. The keys Christ is giving Peter represent the keys of the kingdom of heaven. The keys symbolize the power to forgive and share the world of God, giving them the power to allow others into heaven. The main figures are represented in a frieze in two compressed rows. The figures are composed in a graceful and elegant manner with a lot of attention placed on minor details. This can me seen through their dynamic poses and detailed drapery. The composition is done in a one point linear perspective with diagonal orthogonal lines creating impressive depth within the painting.

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