Frescoes on the side walls of the Sistine Chapel
by Pietro PERUGINO

The wall paintings of the Sistine Chapel are among the most important examples of the type of painting developed in Florence in the later fifteenth century. The five artists brought to Rome to execute them came from various different art centres: Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Rosselli from Florence, Perugino from Umbria, Signorelli from Cortona. Perugino's contribution was the largest, with the altar wall paintings and three additional pictures. Recent scholars have concluded that it was he who was in charge of the whole project and who produced the overall design. It is true that in the Christ Handing the Keys to St Peter his portraits appears next to those of the architect and builder. Perugino was also the only artist to leave his signature in the chapel, above the baptism scene in the first compartment on the north wall.

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Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
View of the left wall
1481-82
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

1222*1200
True Color
252 Kb



Baptism of Christ
c. 1482
Fresco, 335 x 540 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

879*612
True Color
184 Kb



Baptism of Christ (detail)
c. 1482
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

770*1040
True Color
188 Kb



Baptism of Christ (detail)
c. 1482
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

536*1400
True Color
168 Kb



Baptism of Christ (detail)
c. 1482
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

750*1145
True Color
171 Kb



Moses's Journey into Egypt and the Circumcision of His Son Eliezer
c. 1482
Fresco, 350 x 572 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

1189*730
True Color
196 Kb



Moses's Journey into Egypt and the Circumcision of His Son Eliezer (detail)
c. 1482
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

917*900
True Color
187 Kb



Moses's Journey into Egypt and the Circumcision of His Son Eliezer (detail)
c. 1482
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

879*738
True Color
156 Kb



Moses's Journey into Egypt and the Circumcision of His Son Eliezer (detail)
c. 1482
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

1021*900
True Color
188 Kb



Moses's Journey into Egypt and the Circumcision of His Son Eliezer (detail)
c. 1482
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

820*1001
True Color
173 Kb



Moses's Journey into Egypt and the Circumcision of His Son Eliezer (detail)
c. 1482
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

800*1013
True Color
179 Kb



Scenes on the left wall
1481-82
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

1497*600
True Color
194 Kb



Christ Handing the Keys to St Peter
1481-82
Fresco, 335 x 550 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

1200*783
True Color
207 Kb



Christ Handing the Keys to St Peter
1481-82
Fresco, 335 x 550 cm
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

1090*690
True Color
189 Kb



Christ Handing the Keys to St Peter (detail)
1481-82
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

1137*750
True Color
157 Kb



Christ Handing the Keys to St Peter (detail)
1481-82
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

1110*800
True Color
174 Kb



Christ Handing the Keys to St Peter (detail)
1481-82
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

841*930
True Color
181 Kb



Christ Handing the Keys to St Peter (detail)
1481-82
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

863*980
True Color
176 Kb



Christ Handing the Keys to St Peter (detail)
1481-82
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

795*1010
True Color
167 Kb



Christ Handing the Keys to St Peter (detail)
1481-82
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

823*1010
True Color
176 Kb



Christ Handing the Keys to St Peter (detail)
1481-82
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

900*1140
True Color
170 Kb



Summary of works by Perugino
Paintings of
Christ | Madonna | Saints
miscellaneous subjects
Mural decorations
Collegio del Cambio | Sistine Chapel | Stanza dell'Incendio