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A Brief History of Renaissance-era Anart

Item #: SCP-MMMM

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: The SCP-MMMM collection is housed in Reliquary Site-14 (RS14) for storage and display. A minimum of fifteen (15) Foundation personnel are to reside on-site to facilitate appropriate care and research of the collection. As all items subdesignated under SCP-MMMM are considered Safe, any Foundation personnel member involved in the research/containment of anomalous artwork may be granted gallery access for educational purposes by submitting an approved Employee Access sheet RS14-EA3. SCP-MMMM items featured in observation gallery are to be rotated on a bi-monthly basis.

Description: SCP-MMMM is the collective designation of several dozen Safe-class anomalous artworks created between the 14th and 17th centuries as part of the cultural movement known as the Renaissance. Each piece was originally listed as an individual SCP object until the eventual consolidation and sub-designation under the parent number of SCP-MMMM as part of the SEK Object Class Implementation Initiative in 1954.

The following is a short list of prominent entries in the collection. The purpose of this abbreviated list is to provide general Foundation staff with a casual knowledge of anomalous art history. It is not sufficient preparation material for Foundation staff members involved in the containment of any SCP-MMMM item. Such individuals must familiarize themselves with the entire collection before beginning work.1 Note that items are numbered by chronological order of discovery, not creation (SCP-MMMM-0001 was the first entry in the collection, and so forth).

Serial # Title Artist Year
SCP-MMMM-0035 Pietà Tondino 1623

Description: Inspired by Michelangelo's piece of the same name, Tondino's Pietà is an animate marble sculpture depicting the Madonna weeping over the deceased Christ. In a departure from Michelangelo's work, the Madonna is positioned kneeling over her son rather than holding him in her lap. The figure of the Madonna makes no vocalizations, but pantomimes actions such as yelling and clutching the body. The deceased Christ is not independently animate, but displays subtle movement comparable to human flesh when interacted with by the Madonna. The Madonna is non-sentient and unresponsive to stimuli.

Serial # Title Artist Year
SCP-MMMM-0073 The Lamentation of St. Bartholomew Garsuccotti 1576

Description: An unfinished oil painting on wood depicting Bartholomew in process of being flayed. Constant vocalizations of pain emanate from the painting, but the piece displays no other animate qualities. Great attention has been paid to creating the details of Bartholomew's anatomy, possibly influenced by anatomical drawings created by Andreas Vesalius, one of Garsuccotti's contemporaries. The figures carrying out Bartholomew's flaying are dark and indistinct; it is unknown if this was a deliberate choice or merely a consequence of the painting's incompletion. The background had not yet been started when the piece was abandoned.

Serial # Title Artist Year
SCP-MMMM-0131 The Judgement of the Unrighteous Unknown 1434

Description: Bronze door with sculpted relief panels depicting various scenes in Hell as described in Dante Alighieri's 14th-century epic poem Divine Comedy. Individuals who have committed actions deemed sinful by the Catholic church and have not yet performed the sacrament of penance will be affected by a cognitohazard upon viewing the door. Affected subjects will begin to see hooded figures that are invisible to unaffected individuals. These figures are completely static and disappear if interacted with. Effects subside entirely within twenty to thirty minutes.

Serial # Title Artist Year
SCP-MMMM-0152 The Elation of Saint Paul Jean Brodel 1495

Description: Oil on panel. Paul the apostle stands amidst a group of people in what appears to be the artist's interpretation of a Jewish synagogue. All figures are dressed in Italian formalwear common to the period. The technique of chiaroscuro is heavily used to dramatic effect; notably, the lighting of scene changes gradually over a 24 hour period, with the movement of the sun, moon, and stars showing the passage of time in an otherwise inanimate scene. Paul is posed as though speaking to the crowd, albeit with a thick stream of honey pouring from his mouth, and the heads of doves emerging from where his eyes would normally be found.

Serial # Title Artist Year
SCP-MMMM-0166 Portrait of Innocenzo Cybo Unknown 1502

Description: An oil painting depicting the body of Innocenzo Cybo in an advanced state of decomposition. Generally considered as the first known attempt at crafting a fully sapient, "living" individual in a work of art, the piece was commissioned by Cybo, presumably in attempt to gain immortality. The artist–whose identity remains unknown–succeeded in making a painted likeness of Cybo that could hold conversations with viewers and move within the confines of its 126 cm × 104 cm frame as if it were a three-dimensional space. Unfortunately, the creation proved itself to be altogether more lifelike than intended when the figure perished due to starvation several weeks after the painting was completed. Before its death, the depiction of Cybo reportedly devoured a bowl of fruit the artist had painted in the foreground, as well as an animate bird painted on a windowsill in the scene.

Serial # Title Artist Year
SCP-MMMM-0235 Statue of Saint Peter Unknown 1518

Description: Created under the Patronage of Pope Leo X, this bronze sculpture was originally envisioned as a living idealization of Saint Peter that could interact with the public and educate them on matters of Biblical history and Catholic ideology. The project was an initial success, but as time progressed, the living figure began to develop its own unique personality and thought processes, eventually culminating in a public renunciation of Christian belief. The Church quickly removed the statue from public display. Records show the piece was scheduled to be destroyed, but for reasons unknown, was instead gagged and put in storage for a number of decades. No other anomalous artworks were commissioned by the Catholic church after this incident until 1573 (see SCP-MMMM-0114). The figure has since been taken into Foundation care and received extensive treatment and counseling, but still displays severe mental instability as a consequence of its prolonged isolation.2 The figure can be violent, but poses no immediate threat to viewers as it cannot set foot off its 0.7m x 0.7m base.

Serial # Title Artist Year
SCP-MMMM-0329 The Mercy Stoup Agnolio Celloni 1441

Description: A plain gold basin set into an ivory stand adorned with intricately sculpted depictions of the crucifixion. Any liquid poured into the basin slowly turns into blood over the course of ten to twelve minutes. Originally created to hold Holy Water, the piece showed no anomalous properties until the artist's death in 1546. Believed to have a eucharistic connection until analysis showed the transmuted blood to be equine.

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