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.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1430/5 - about 1494
Full title
Saint Peter
Group
Date made
1476
Medium and support
Tempera on lime
Dimensions
139 x 40.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1868
Inventory number
NG788.3
Location in Gallery

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