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Carlo Crivelli, 'Saint Peter'
This painting is part of the group: The Demidoff Altarpiece
This panel showing Saint Peter is part of the large 'Demidoff Altarpiece' made for the high altar of San Domenico in Ascoli Piceno, east central Italy.

Saint Peter is splendidly dressed in a bishop's jewelled robes. He holds two raised keys, one silver, the other gold. These are the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven which were his emblem and were subsequently adopted by the popes, his successors as Bishops of Rome. He also holds a book and a bishop's crook topped by a crucifix.

Crivelli has used three-dimensional elements to bring the painting alive. The keys are carved and gilded wood; the jewels on his crown, gloves and rings are made of glass beads; and the edging of his cloak is gilded rope. In the flickering candle-light of a church, the effect of these would have been far more powerful than in the well-lit gallery.

Other paintings in this group: The Demidoff Altarpiece

Saint Dominic
Carlo Crivelli
1476
Saint Dominic
Saint Francis
Carlo Crivelli
1476
Saint Francis
Saint Andrew
Carlo Crivelli
1476
Saint Andrew
Saint Stephen
Carlo Crivelli
1476
Saint Stephen

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