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  1. Hands and Feet

    Today’s WTF moment is about close looking and a case of missing feet.  Take a look at the fresco below and count the number of heads and feet.

    Filippino Lippi, Saint Peter Raising the Son of Theophilus (detail), 1481-1482, fresco.  Brancacci Chapel, Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence Filippino Lippi, Saint Peter Raising the Son of Theophilus (detail), 1481-1482, fresco.  Brancacci Chapel, Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence

    Filippino Lippi was commissioned to finish a fresco begun by Masaccio from 1424-1427.  For some odd reason, Filippino added a head but didn’t bother adding the man’s feet.  WTF?!?  Working in fresco is not for sissies so Filippino was probably hoping no one would notice this minor flub.  Well Filippino, we do notice it!

    In all fairness, the detail is often overlooked by tourists more concerned with seeing Masaccio’s famous Tribute Money (or other scenes by the artist on the left and right walls).

    The full fresco is below.  Enjoy!

    Filippino Lippi, Saint Peter Raising the Son of Theophilus, 1481-1482, fresco.  Brancacci Chapel, Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence Filippino Lippi, Saint Peter Raising the Son of Theophilus, 1481-1482, fresco.  Brancacci Chapel, Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence

     
     
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