First-Ever Painting of Native Americans—Discovered in the Vatican?

Close-up of a section of Pinturicchio's "The Resurrection", showing native Americans in feather headdresses

Pinturicchio’s fresco of “The Resurrection” has adorned a wall at the Vatican for 519 years—but someone just noticed that there are native Americans in the scene.   It was 1494 when the Renaissance painter completed the fresco in the Borgia Apartments, now part of the Vatican Library.  Christopher Columbus had just returned from discovering the New World—and had reported that there were men there who danced nude, painting their bodies and wearing feathered headd … [Read more...]


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