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Resurrection of the son of Theophilus, Masaccio and Filippino Lippi

Resurrection of the son of Theophilus, Masaccio and Filippino Lippi

The resurrection of the son of Theophilus - Masaccio and Filippino Lippi. 1426-1502

Masaccio in the mid-1420s Peter twice appears in a scene that simultaneously depicts two episodes of the missionary journey of this apostle to Antioch: his return to life of the son of the skeptical ruler of the city of Theophilos (pictured sitting in a niche on the left side of the composition) and the subsequent intronization of Peter by the townspeople as their bishop . On the fresco of Masaccio, as witnesses of this miracle, probably members of the Brancacci family were depicted. However, this mural was rewritten by Lippi in the 1480s, and many of the original figures were replaced by portraits of contemporaries of Lippi himself. The bones under the feet of a kneeling boy (one of the characters written by Lippi) indicate that he was long dead when Peter raised him.

ST PETER. Peter, the “prince of the apostles”, occupies a special position among the disciples of Christ, and in iconography he always stands in a place of honor, at the right hand of Christ. Its significance is emphasized quite often in the Gospels - for example, when Jesus agrees to let him walk with him on the water. After the Resurrection, Christ appears to Peter and commands him: "Feed my sheep." Peter began to preach among the Jews, while St. Paul among the Gentiles; it is believed that Peter was the first bishop of Rome.

Peter is usually portrayed as a peppy old man with curly gray hair and a beard; often wearing a yellow cloak over green or blue robes. Its usual attribute is two keys.


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