(b. 1416, Borgo San Sepolcro, d. 1492, Borgo San Sepolcro)

1. Death of Adam

Fresco, 390 x 747 cm
San Francesco, Arezzo

The cycle of the Cross legend, which according to the Golden Legend begins shortly before the death of Adam, opens in the lunette on the west, or right-hand, wall.

On the right, the ancient Adam, seated on the ground and surrounded by his children, sends Seth to Archangel Michael. In the background we see the meeting between Seth and Michael, while on the left, in the shadow of a huge tree, Adam's body is buried in the presence of his family. By placing all three stages of the story within the same background landscape, Piero is abiding by traditional narrative schemes already used by Masaccio in his fresco of the Tribute Money in the Brancacci Chapel.

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