ANDREA DA FIRENZE
(active 1343-1377, Firenze)
Salvation of Peter (Navicella) (east vault cell)1366-67
Cappellone degli Spagnoli, Santa Maria Novella, Florence
On the east vault cell, above the Church as the Path to Salvation, the Salvation to Peter, a free copy of the famous mosaic by Giotto from the Old St. Peter's, known as the Navicella, is depicted. The apostles' ship, threatened by a storm, and Christ's rescue of Peter from drowning, stories that since early Christian times were understood as symbolic of the church, are to be viewed here with the subject of the fresco on the east wall.