MASACCIO
(b. 1401, San Giovanni Valdarno, d. 1428, Roma)

The Raising of the Son of Theophilus and St Peter Enthroned (detail)

1426-27
Fresco
Cappella Brancacci, Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence

The scene illustrates the miracle that Peter performed after he was released from prison. Once out of prison, Peter was taken to the tomb of the son of Theophilus, Prefect of Antioch. Here St Peter immediately resurrected the young man who had been dead for fourteen years. As a result, Theophilus and the entire population of Antioch were converted to the faith; they built a magnificent church and in the centre of the church a chair for Peter, so that he could sit during his sermons and seen by all.




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