Friday, May 19, 2017

Paul in Athens

Paul in Athens
Raphael 1483 – 1520
bodycolour on paper on canvas (340 × 440 cm) — 1515

Acts 17:22 - Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.

Paul came to Athens on his second missionary journey. He visits a synagogue and tries to find new followers. Here he addresses a crowd. The scene may have happened on the Aeropagus or Mars' Hill, a square of administrative and religious importance.

This is one of the cartoons Raphael made for the tapestries in the Sistine Chapel. More information on the cartoons can be found at the Miraculous Draught of Fishes.
>>>> Paul

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