Native Americans hidden in the Vatican for 509 years

Musei Vaticani

Musei Vaticani

WASHINGTON, DC, May 6, 2013 – A tiny depiction of naked men wearing headdresses was uncovered during the restoration of a 1494 fresco in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace.  Not seen in over 500 years, specialists believe that this may be the first known European depiction of Native Americans.

“Resurrection,” the painting by Renaissance master Pinturicchio (1454-1513), depicts the resurrection of Christ. The figures appear in the background, above the empty open casket, below Jesus’ feet.

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