Christ Giving the Keys of the Kingdom to St. PeterPietro Perugino1481Fresco

The Delivery of the Keys, or Christ Giving the Keys to St. Peter is a fresco by the Italian Renaissance painter Pietro Perugino, executed in 1481–1482 and located in the Sistine Chapel, Rome.

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The painting shows the moment when Christ gives the keys of the heavenly kingdom to the kneeling St. Peter. This episode comes from the Gospel of Matthew as Christ said to Peter: “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church… I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven….” The pair of gold and silver keys became Saint Peter’s attribute as khan academy states.

In order to create such a believable sense of three-dimensional space, Perugino utilized two types of perspective.


The first, one-point linear perspective, creates real three-dimensional space which helps us realize how all of the figures objects are in proportional relation to each other as they recede through this space which is symmetrical.


The second type of perspective Perugino used is atmospheric perspective, which is literally the effect of the atmosphere on objects observed in the distance, causing them to diminish in appearance through a bluish-gray haze, as seen in the mountains in this case as khan academy says.
I think both of these perspectives show us 3-D parts and it is drawn in proportion which helps us see the painting symmetrical(there is the same number of people on the both sides) and that is why this painting matches the theme or realism.

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“Delivery of the Keys (Perugino).” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 04 Mar. 2017. Web. 07 Mar. 2017.


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