(b. 1483, Urbino, d. 1520, Roma)

Vision of the Cross

Sala di Constantino, Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican

The vision of the Cross appeared to Constantine in the sky on the eve of a battle, with the words, "In this sign thou shalt conquer," a prophecy that was to prove true the next day when Constantine was victorious at Pons Milvius.

The enthroned Pope Clement I at the right bears the features of Leo X which connects the prophecy from the early Christian past to the present world of the pope who commissioned the painting.

© Web Gallery of Art, created by Emil Krén and Daniel Marx.