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New Worlds Older: Native Americans in 1494 Vatican Fresco

Rosemary Joyce, professor of anthropology | May 5, 2013

In 1494, an Italian artist named Pinturicchio completed a fresco– painting on wet plaster– in the rooms of the recently elevated pope, Alexander the Sixth. After Pope Alexander died in 1503, his rooms were closed off, the frescos covered. Although opened to visitors in 1889, NPR reporting tells us that it is only with a … Continue reading »