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These Renaissance Paintings Were Sci-Fi BEFORE Sci-Fi

By Becky Ferreira Jan 31, 2013

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"The Blessed Ranieri Frees the Poor from a Prison in Florence" by Il Sassetta (c. 1440)

The artist's intent: To depict Saint Ranieri visiting Florence in his "dream body," to perform various miracles.

The outcome: A Medieval rocketeer freaking everyone out with his high-octane jetpack.

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