Perugino's Christ Delivering The Saint Peter Analysis

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Discussion 2 topics: 1. What is the significance of Perugino’s Christ Delivering the Keys of the Kingdom top St. Peter? The artist Pietro Vannucci, or otherwise known as Perugino (1450-1523) was heavily influenced by Piero della Francesca and other Flemish artists, in the use of light and the uniting of clear lines in paintings. This is especially significant in the piece, Christ Delivering the Keys of the Kingdom to Saint Peter in that Perugino used linear perspective to achieve a feeling of depth and successfully incorporated both 2-d and 3-d elements into his work. The unique placement of the figures emphasizes the pieces axial-center. As our text states, “the converging lines of the pavement connect the action in the foreground with the background” (Kleiner F.S. p. 477). Indeed, the Papacies authority is clearly on display here as Perguino places these iconic figures of Biblical dogma in the center of the piece while the background features a “central-plan temple” and two arches on the far left and right (which represent the Arch of Constantine). The inclusion of the a...

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