MELOZZO DA FORLI
(b. 1438, Forli, d. 1494, Forli)
Fresco transferred to canvas
Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome
This picture is a fragment of a monumental fresco executed in the chancel of the church of Santi Apostoli in Rome. The fresco represented the Ascension of Christ. Only 16 fragments of the fresco survived.
The central figure of the ascending Christ appears in the middle of clouds and putti, his arms extended, his hair and beard floating in the breeze, his eyes gazing calmly downward.