Fresco

The Resurrection of the Flesh

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On the wall opposite the one where Signorelli depicted the deeds of the Anti-Christ, the Resurrection of the Flesh recaptures the theme, the serene "atmosphere" and the poetical charm of the crowning of the Chosen, despite some almost imperceptible variations. In this scene the Master has intentionally omitted the traditional themes: in place of the "tombs" being pushed open by the bodies returned to their primitive form, he has created the story on a new level completely devoid of any other figurative element; probably to give more scenic strength to the fresco itself.

Fresco

The bodies -- in full physical vigor -- drag themselves out of the ground with great effort; they take their first steps, some hug tenderly, others turn their faces and arms to the heavens. Their shapes are new and youthful: they glow with new-found innocence. On a background strewn with "gold buttons" two huge Angels, placed solidly on clouds, blow hard into long trumpets. At this point in the fresco, during the 1940 restorations a sketch of the plan of the work came to light: eight nude figures roughly sketched by Signorelli.


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