Saturday, March 14, 2015

Melozzo da Forlì at the Quirinal Palace.

In 1472 Melozzo da Forlì, the great Renaissance artist inspired by Mantegna and Della Francesca, painted with frescoes the apse of SS. Apostoli with a glorious scene representing Christ sorrounded by angels. Unfortunately in 1710 the apse was remodeled and the frescoes dismantled - they can be found today in the Vatican Museums except for the central figure: Christ - which is now in the Scalone d'Onore in the Quirinal Palace in Rome. It is a beautiful fresco which shows the greatness of the master who made it, Melozzo was in fact the first artist to develop the technique of foreshortening.

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