(ANSA) - Vatican City, April 26 - What appear to be the
first depicted images of Native Americans have been found in a
painting by Italian artist Pinturicchio at the Borgia apartments
in the Vatican after a recent renovation, Vatican newspaper
L'Osservatore Romano has reported.
Experts, including Vatican Museums Director Antonio
Paolucci, believe a detail in the artwork refers to the natives
explorer Christopher Columbus found when he travelled to the New
World for the first time.
Paolucci points to a detail contained in fresco of the
Resurrection that was made clear by work carried out by art
restorer Maria Pustka.
''Just behind the Resurrection, behind a soldier who is
enthralled by the incredible event he is seeing, you are able to
discern nude men wearing feathers who appear to be dancing,''
Upon his return, Colombo handed over his diary and the
information it contained was kept secret for political, Paolucci
''It would be far-fetched though to believe that the papal
court was oblivious to what Colombo saw when he got to the other
end of the world,'' he added.
''If the impressions of those nude, good, happy men who
gave parrots as gifts and painted their bodies red and black are
the dancing figures of Pinturicchio's Resurrection, this would
be the first representation of native Americans''.