Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Death of Ananias


The Death of Ananias
Raphael 1483 – 1520
bodycolour on paper on canvas (340 × 530 cm) — 1515-1516

Acts 5:5 - And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.


Ananias was a member of the Christian community in Jerusalem. He sold a piece of land and pretended he donated all the revenues to the community. In reality he kept part of it to himself.

Peter saw through the lies and confronted Ananias with them. Before Ananias answered, he fell to the ground and died.

The work is a design for a tapestry in the Sistine Chapel.
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