CASTELLO, Giovanni Battista
(b. 1547, Genova, d. 1637, Genova)

Christ Giving the Keys to St Peter

Illumination on vellum, 384 x 292 mm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

In front of ruined monuments of ancient Rome - the Temple of Minerva, Trajan's Column - Christ consigns the keys of the kingdom of heaven to St Peter. This miniature painting, formerly attributed to Giulio Clovio, may refer to a project designed by Michelangelo c. 1542 for the Cappella Paolina in the Vatican, but never executed.

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